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Obsidian knife

Obsidian knife

Mayor Island obsidian (a black, glassy rock) was widely used for making tools because it could be easily trimmed, and retained sharp edges. It was widely traded through New Zealand. This flake knife was found near Gisborne.

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Richard Smith, David J. Lowe and Ian Wright, 'Volcanoes - Pacific Ring of Fire', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/8698/obsidian-knife (accessed 20 June 2019)

Story by Richard Smith, David J. Lowe and Ian Wright, published 12 Jun 2006