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S1: Flintknapping

  • Aired: 07/02/2013
  • 02:22
  • Rating: NR
Ian Thompson, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Choctaw nation of Oklahoma, is an experienced flintknapper. He describes the practice as an indigenous art form. Using a stone with high silica content, flintknappers chip away at the rock until it is transformed into a sharp edge cutting tool. Archaeologists learn a lot about past people when they uncover these bits of ancient technology.
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S1: Flintknapping
S1: Flintknapping
Ian Thompson demonstrates flintknapping and explains why it's an indigenous art form.
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