Side-Scraper

Side-Scraper

 

a stone tool that was widespread during the Paleolithic period. The side-scraper was especially characteristic of the Mousterian culture, but it was also used during earlier and later stages of the Paleolithic. It consisted of a flake of stone, sometimes oval, sometimes nearly rectangular with rounded corners, and sometimes irregular in shape, with a slightly convex or straight cutting edge carefully flaked by chipping or pressure along one or both of the longer sides. Side-scrapers were used to scrape and cut wood and animal skins. Some may have had wooden handles.

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Among other things, he claimed to have found in Australia (at Koonalda Cave and the Keilor Terrace) Gravettian-like knives, polyhedric burins, Mousterian-type side-scrapers, and small laurel-leaf bifaces (Blattspitzen).
There were also different burins and side-scrapers present.
Among numerous findings at the Leck-Lesa site, there were knife kits with large blades, double truncated bladeletes, points, and side-scrapers.
Side-scrapers and cutting tools were common at this site.