Archaeologists during excavations in the Charysh region of the Altai Territory discovered a unique stone knife with a micro-retouch, presumably from the Paleolithic period. There are no more than 10 such items in the world, and the last similar one was found in France almost 60 years ago, the head of the Altai Archaeological Society Mikhail Safronov told TASS.
“We are currently working in the Charysh region, and in this archaeological season we managed to discover a unique object. This is a very rare find and a unique thing - a fragment of a stone knife with micro-retouch. The last time a similar object was found in France was in 1962. It is extremely rare find, in the world there are no more than 10. This knife is unique precisely by micro-retouching - this is the so-called micro-processing of the blade, the highest level of processing of a stone product, the smallest processing of stone up to micromillimeters, "Safronov said.
He noted that the find of archaeologists, presumably, belongs to the Paleolithic era.
"This is a Paleolithic. When we bring the find to Barnaul, we will be able to determine the time more accurately, but, I think, at least 50 thousand years (BC). Basically, they could be used for lining leather, making jewelry from bone, for application of the finest ornament, "- said the archaeologist.
Now the task of archaeologists will be to determine where this stone processing technology came from, which will give an understanding of where the culture was more developed.