Stone Age Scraping Tool
Belgium, Henegouwen Mousterian Neanderthal Culture
The following Neanderthal Stone tool was probably used for scraping, perhaps for cutting and preparing animal skins. It's known as a Quina type scraper. Exactly 5 centimeters in length, it fits very comfortably into the thumb and first 2 fingers. The left image shows the smooth surface side that opposes the thumb. The right image shows a 3 faced tapered surface that has an apex that fits into the recess between the two fingers. The narrow dark shaded facet on the far right is a tapered blade like edge.