Keys to the Past

Glossary

Knapping

Knapping is the making of flint tools. Flints could be struck against each other to knock flakes away. The flint core would then said to be knapped. Sometimes small wooden or bone tools were used instead - such flint would then be pressure-flaked. It is often possible to tell if flint tools have been made at a site, as knapping will leave the small fragments of flint that have been knocked off called debitage.

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