Archaeologists expect to find many different kinds of stone tools at big sites like Marksville. Yet, most of what they have found there were either projectile points or sharpened tools called bifaces. They used these tools and projectile points for many other tasks besides hunting. They could be used to butcher game, to scrape hides to make leather for clothes or containers, or to carve wooden tools and implements. They were the original multi-purpose tool. Most bifaces found at the site are 2-3 inches long and 1 inch wide. Like the projectile points found at the site, bifaces were made from local rock.
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