Nicoya pre-Columbian jade carving, female figure

p4A ItemID D9697175
A Hematite celt, collected in Franklin County, Ohio

p4A ItemID E8982285
A greenstone celt with a hole drilled near one end, like a pendant

p4A ItemID E8908575
A European Prehistoric Celt Scraper

p4A ItemID F7986321


Small celts were used as skinning tools. Larger examples could have been used as small chopping devices, like a small ax. Sizes can vary greatly, and they can be made out of slate or granite. They would correctly be classified as tools, as would a stone ax or hammer.

Reference note by p4A editorial staff, November 2011.

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