Definition of microlith in English:

microlith

Line breaks: micro|lith
Pronunciation: /ˈmʌɪkrə(ʊ)lɪθ
 
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noun

Archaeology
A minute shaped flint, typically part of a composite tool such as a spear.
More example sentences
  • Inside were large quantities of ‘narrow-blade’ flint microliths, including broken tools and knapping waste, showing that tools were made and repaired in the house.
  • The way to find microliths (small Mesolithic flint barbs), he said, was to search springtime molehills.
  • Their tools and equipment included microliths, woodworking tools such as chipped axes and adzes, picks, barbed points, bone and antler spearheads, and fishing equipment such as spears and fish-hooks.

Derivatives

microlithic

Pronunciation: /-ˈlɪθɪk/
adjective
More example sentences
  • A series of later Stone Age microlithic industries found widely across southern Africa and dating to the period 6000 bc through to ad 500 or later.
  • Although small drills and perforators are occasionally found in archaeological contexts at cal A.D.900-1050, such tools are typically not made from formal microlithic cores.
  • In contrast, the Pfeffer site debris included very little Mill Creek chert, but one house there possessed a concentration of microlithic tools utilized in shell bead manufacture.

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