5a.1 Flint Tools of the Adena People
Like all prehistoric cultures, the Adena people are known best by their flint tools, especially their spear points and knives. Both types of tools may have served various functions. For example, an Adena hunter may have fastened a flint point to a spear shaft to kill a deer, then removed the point to use it as a knife to skin the animal. Round-based knife blades, mounted on wooden handles, were probably used for various cutting tasks. Later, a few blows from a hammerstone could shape the blades into spear points. Sometimes archaeologists can determine how a flint tool was used by looking at its edges under a microscope.
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