noun[mass noun] Archaeology
Waste material produced in the making of prehistoric stone implements.
- Concentrations of prehistoric ceramics and debitage were noted in two areas that campers had disturbed by clearing and leveling tent sites.
- Occurrences of bona fide Native American items, such as stone tool debitage, were rare (one chert flake); no European objects were found.
- Much of this material consists of flake debitage.
Mid 20th century: from French débitage 'cutting of stone', from débiter 'discharge, dispense'.
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