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discoidal nucleus technique
CATEGORY: lithics
DEFINITION: A method of core knapping used during the Middle Palaeolithic by which flaking was done until the core was too small to use. The Beaker People, in particular, made circular, oval, or oblong, thin flakes of stone with this technique, which is very similar to the Levallois technique.
nucleus
SYNONYMS OR RELATED TERMS: core
CATEGORY: lithics
DEFINITION: The block of primary material from which flakes have been removed by percussion for use in tools. The nucleus is what is left after the stone has been worked on and often bears characteristic signs of the method used.

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