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Ukraine Paleolithic Stone Tools, Part 1

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  • Ukraine Paleolithic Stone Tools, Part 1

    Hi everyone! I purchased six stone objects recently from the Ukraine: I was told they were Epigravettian stone tools found in the Dnieper River Rapids area and were from about 25-12,000 BC. Some of them I am a bit unsure of, but there are a couple that do look very similar to worked ones I've seen before, and they do have iron stains from groundwater contact. I apologize for the quality of the pictures: I had a crazy weekend and didn't get a chance to photograph these until I got home tonight.
    Firstly, there is this small piece. It looks similar to "bruised blade" knives, cores, or fire-starting flints that I have seen before, and is perhaps the one that I am most confident about.
    The possibly-worked side
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    And the flat side
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    I'm splitting this into two posts so as to not have too many pictures in one. Thank you all for any help you can provide!
    Last edited by Chlodovec21; 05-31-2021, 02:38 AM.

  • #2
    Next is what looks like it could be an awl or an auger?
    "Worked" side
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    And the unworked side. I will say one thing: even if none of these are worked, this is some of the prettiest flint I've ever seen.
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    Thank you guys very much for any help you can provide!


    • #3
      The first one looks like a broken blade (from blade-core). The second one looks like a reduction flake.
      The patina tells me that the flakes are ancient but how old is anyone's guess.
      I don't see any evidence that either flake was used as a tool.
      Last edited by Ron Kelley; 05-31-2021, 07:52 AM.
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      • #4
        I 2nd Ron's opinion.


        • #5
          I’ve read about blade cores, and its neat to think it might have been a tool that someone was making before it broke. Here’s a picture of the edge of the second piece: finally got some decent shots.
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          • #6
            Definable a worked edge. For cutting something