North America, Native American, Kentucky, Fulton County, Mississippian culture, ca. 1000 to 1500 CE. A hand-knapped stone tool with an oblong form, slightly convex faces, and a thin curved blade. The narrow end is the butt or handle side, and widens to the cutting edge at the opposite end. The stone is smooth and polished towards the blade, likely from use. The knapping process involves striking a hard stone against a softer stone to flake the edges to the desired shape. Although this may sound simple, it took skill and patience. Stone tools such as this example were used for a variety of tasks, and this object may have been a hand tool or attached to a wooden handle. Size: 7.25" L x 2.125" W (18.4 cm x 5.4 cm)
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Provenance: private Kansas City, Missouri, USA collection, Ex. John Townsend collection, formed in the 1970s and earlier
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Old inventory label on front, and find site written on verso surface. Some smooth and polished areas from use. Minor nicks and chips to blade edge and peripheries not from knapping process. Some mineral deposits.