Microliths, Mesolithic and Blade Cores

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Microliths, Mesolithic and Blade Cores

Post by grendel on Tue Mar 11, 2014 1:35 pm

Been a bit quiet lately as I have been trying to master a new skill, the very unfashionable area of mesolithic knapping. I've been practicing making blade cores and the microburin technique. Finally finished today, here's the results.




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Re: Microliths, Mesolithic and Blade Cores

Post by the barnacle on Wed Mar 12, 2014 4:14 pm

very nice work, looks like a nice bit of clean flint you have.

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Re: Microliths, Mesolithic and Blade Cores

Post by mr.hertzian cone on Fri Mar 14, 2014 11:52 pm

Meso is tricky, long thin blades and the rest are almost a lost(ish) art. It is hard for folk to see the point of tiny sections of blades untill they are hafted I have found! Sweet work Mr. G.

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Re: Microliths, Mesolithic and Blade Cores

Post by grendel on Sat Mar 15, 2014 10:57 am

The microlith making technique is damn difficult to pin. It looks so easy, I read a few articles and books before I tried. One website gave a an illustration of how to do it, I tried it a couple of years back and nearly cut my finger off so gave that technique a miss. The books and articles said the tools used were a mystery as antler didn't work not being strong enough when that fine. I didn't listen blundered in with antler and guess what? It didn't work because it was so thin, then had a think about it and used a bit of my bifacial knapping experience and came up with my patent technique using just stone and antler and it seems to work fine.

The ten, yes ten, Mikkel Knapping flint blade vids here helped a lot.
https://www.youtube.com/user/stenalderdotse/videos?view=0&flow=grid

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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Sat Mar 15, 2014 8:52 pm

I made myself sit through them a while back and they do help with blade cores. It is a totally different beast to regular knapping and so easy to go horribly wrong with a hinge or two. The best micro-blade cores I've knapped are when a large biface preform snaps in two, try running blades down the zig-zag edge, the first will be the famed "crested blade" and the rest will run thin and long if the platform is way less than 90 degrees, say 65 or so. It is good to reuse all those failed bifaces.

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Re: Microliths, Mesolithic and Blade Cores

Post by grendel on Sun Mar 16, 2014 4:32 pm

That not a bad idea, I'll give it a go next time I break a biface, usually when I do they become two smaller bifaces. Also "Crested Blade", that reminds me Palaeolithic next........

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