Image: Horsehoof core stone tool

Horsehoof core stone tool

Cores are pieces of stone from which flakes have been removed. The flakes were removed from the core to be made into tools. Cores have a variety of shapes and sizes depending on the type of tool being made and the nature of the raw materials being used.

Horsehoof cores, such as this one, were used as tools for woodworking activities such as scraping. They are typical of arid and semi-arid regions in Australia and have been found on sites of all ages, some of which date to 30,000 years old.

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