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Very small implement, commonly of flint, regarded as characteristic of the Mesolithic period in Europe. Typically microliths are between 10 mm and 50 mm long and shaped into either a point or a barb. Early examples (mainly dating to the 7th and 6th millennia bc) tend to be obliquely blunted points, while later examples (mainly 6th and 5th millennia bc) include small scalene triangles, geometric forms, rods, trapezoids, and crescents. They were mostly used in composite tools such as harpoons, arrows, or knives.

Subjects: Archaeology.


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