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In this particular case it is not clear if the objective piece was a bipolarly split nodule segment of a thick freehand ®ake, as no diagnostic ventral features were observed because ®akes were detached from both its bulbar and distal portions. The ®ake negatives are rather small, measuring around 3 cm in maximum dimension, and are wedgeshaped with feather terminations. LU-II presented a single basalt freehand ®ake. This ®ake presented a ®at striking platform modi¤ed by trimming, as well as a feathered termination.
The extraction of ®akes following parallel ®aking formats remained the primary mode of core-®ake reduction from LU-IV (transitional period) to LU-VII (Chican Ostionoid occupation). In addition to parallel ®aking protocols, post-Saladoid contexts in this site contained evidence of multidirectional ®aking as a secondary ®ake extraction approach. This was represented both by the production of bidirectional and multidirectional cores, as well as by freehand ®akes with randomly oriented dorsal scar patterns (IIA-3).
Among these is the plano-convex adze, initially termed “rectangular axe” by Rainey (1940), which, as previously mentioned, has been identi¤ed as a fossil directeur of Cedrosan occupations on the island. 10. Archaic celt (LU-I). ments that presented the characteristic parallel straight lateral margins, tapering gradually from the bit toward their proximal ends. One aspect that seems to be common to plano-convex adzes recovered from other sites is that they tend to be consistent, with a width approximately twice their thickness.