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High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! A microlith is a small stone tool that is sufficiently worked so as to be distinguishable from workshop waste or accidents. They are usually made of flint or chert and are typically one centimetre long and half a centimetre wide. Microliths were produced from either small blades (microblades) or larger blades by abrupt or truncated retouching, which leaves a very typical piece of waste (microburin). Two families of microlith are usually defined: laminar and geometric. Geometric microliths can be various kinds of triangles, lunate shaped, trapezes etc. The shape of the microlith can be used to estimate the antiquity of archeological sites. Laminar microliths are associated with the end of the Upper Paleolithic and the beginning of the Epipaleolithic; and geometric microliths are characteristic of the Mesolithic and the Neolithic. Microlith production generally declined following the introduction of agriculture (8000 BCE) but continued later in cultures with a deeply rooted hunting tradition.
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