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SYNONYMS OR RELATED TERMS: wave-cut platform
CATEGORY: geography; geology
DEFINITION: An eroded terrace with an alluvial cut surface, on bedrock in a valley. The term also refers to an eroded landform with a wave-cut surface in coastal areas and in wave-swept sea cliffs (also called wave-cut platform).
multifaceted platform
CATEGORY: lithics
DEFINITION: A platform with more than one plane of detachment, such as on the margins of some bifaces or multidirectional cores.
CATEGORY: lithics
DEFINITION: The place on a core or flake where it was struck by a hammer.
platform angle
CATEGORY: lithics
DEFINITION: The angle between the plane of the platform and the exterior (dorsal) surface of a flake or core.
platform burial
DEFINITION: The practice of placing a corpse on an artificial, above-ground structure; the body was sometimes retrieved at a later date for interment.
platform mound
CATEGORY: feature
DEFINITION: A platform of earth and stone, usually rectangular in shape and flat-topped, that forms a base for the construction of a building, such as a palace or temple. The buildings served as habitation and/or ceremonial structures.
rejuvenated platform
CATEGORY: artifact
DEFINITION: Cores are 'rejuvenated' by removing the platform to decrease the platform angle to allow blade production to continue. Core is struck on the platform and blades removed to create a new platform and increase the angle between the platform and the face of the core a 'core tablet' is struck off from the side of the core.
single-facet platform
CATEGORY: lithics
DEFINITION: A platform on a biface or core with a single plane of detachment.
striking platform
CATEGORY: lithics
DEFINITION: The area on a store core which is struck to remove a flake or blade in toolmaking. Part of the original platform is removed with the detached flake. The platform itself is prepared by the removal of one or more flakes, and in the latter case is described as a faceted striking platform.

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