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Flake blade

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This fragment of a flake knife (trap. c. s.) of greenish flint has one blunt end and one rounded end. Both edges show retouching. It retains slight sandy incrustations.


1934, excavated at Rayy (Cheshmeh Ali Tepe, in present-day Iran), by the University Museum-M.F.A. Persian Expedition; 1935, assigned to the MFA as part of the division of excavated objects. (Accession Date: June 6, 1935)

Credit Line

University Museum—M. F. A. Persian Expedition

Near Eastern, Iranian, Hissar, Prehistoric, 20000–5500 B.C.


Rayy, Iran


Length x depth (min) x depth (max): 5.1 x 0.2 x 0.7 cm (2 x 1/16 x 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Knives, Blades, Scrapers