The Occurrence and Manufacture of Flint Skin-Scrapers from New Jersey, U.S.A.

Abstract

A REMARKABLE feature of the common Indian relics found in Central New Jersey is the very great abundance of “skin-scrapers,” as one form of stone implements is everywhere known; and the great care that has evidently been bestowed upon them in the making equally attracts the attention when a series of these implements is examined. That a flint implement used ift the preparation of skins for clothing and tent-covering should require as much care in its manufacture as an arrow-point, does not seem probable, and one would naturally expect to find in a scraper simply a comparatively dull rubbing edge given to a conveniently sized pebble. Such, however, is seldom or never the case, and the class of implements, to which is given the above name, are as marked in their several peculiarities as is any form of stone implement with which we are familiar.

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