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It is common to combine techniques to most efficiently arrive at the final product. , for adzing wood) were often roughly flaked into shape, since this was much faster than grinding, and then the flake scar edges were ground and polished away to give the adze its final, smooth form. 1 Flaking Before looking at the various methods used to produce stone tools by flaking, it is important to have some terms of reference for the description of flaking and the lithic features that result from it (see also Crabtree  and Whittaker [1994:1421]).
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Many more avenues of research have been pursued in recent years. , Collins 1975, Bradley 1975). Chemical sourcing of stone, especially obsidian, has led to the tracing of trade routes, prehistoric economy, and colonizing migrations. Many of these studies are discussed elsewhere in this book, particularly in Chapter 10. 1 Introduction The starting point for understanding what stone tools tell us about past cultures is an understanding of how stone is shaped to produce tools. Since we use the form of, and features on, tools to derive our inferences about culture, we need to appreciate how this form and these features arise.