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In knapping flint, stone, or obsidian, the final edge‐working carried out during the production of an implement. Whether on a core tool, flake, or blade, retouch usually comprises fine flaking and chipping to shape, blunt, or sharpen a particular edge. Several different styles are recognized, including invasive retouch which is achieved by working from the edge of the implement towards the centre. Also known as secondary working or secondary flaking.

Subjects: Archaeology.

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