A Levallois flake or point made by Neanderthal man

A Levallois flake or point made by Neanderthal man

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Caption: A Levallois flake or point produced by Neanderthal man and probably dating from the Middle Paleolithic. The Levallois technique was a method of flint flaking in which a 'core' stone was first trimmed to shape. This provided the toolmaker with a degree of control over the form and size of the flake which was to be later chipped from it. The resulting flakes have a characteristic shape; flat on one side (the plane along which it was connected to the core) and the other side scarred by the preparatory work. This example was collected from fields at Swanley, Kent, U.K.

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