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With this new knowledge, I had a different perspective on other artifacts which I found, and which are pictured below.

The first is a butchering blade, the second is a Monterey chert hand-axe. BUT the break was INTENTIONAL as part of the 7th step in the normal manufacturing process, making this a Folsom in one of its many "Pre-form" stages.

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(Tom's related comments appear below in parenthesis) The answer is "sort of", but not for the reason you would imagine. Both are technically "Hammer stones", simply of a different caliper.

Many people wrongly assume that a piece like this was damaged, loosing the tip during the fluting process... One can think of hammer stones as a "Sledge hammer" where pecking stones could best be compared to a "Ball peen hammer" (the small one with a rounded end) Hammer stones were used on the large "Mother or Core" stones of raw flint or chert material, in order to knock loose large fragments which could then begin the evolution into actual tools.

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Characteristics between the two were similar, in that strikes from a hammer stone as well as a pecking stone, often dislodged pieces or fragments from the hammer stone in use.This one was found in a cave, approximately 90km north of Thessalon, Ontario, Canada.


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