Wood and plant working
300 000 to 45 000 years
A side scraper is a flint flake with one or more edges sharpened by retouch. Used while firmly held in the hand, this tool can be rapidly made in any location.
It is used to cut meat, hides, wood and plant materials.
The Mousterian side scraper is adapted to a wide variety of needs. It is continually produced by Neanderthal hunter-gatherers, for over 250 000 years.