Video by Dick Baugh
Information compiled by Dino Labiste
"In archaeology, a prismatic blade is a long, narrow, specialized lithic flake with parallel margins. Prismatic blades are removed from polyhedral blade cores through pressure reduction. . . . . Obsidian prismatic blade production was ubiquitous in Mesoamerica, and these tools can be found at a large majority of Mesoamerican archaeological sites from the Preclassic period on until the arrival of the Spanish in the early 16th century."
Excerpt from Wikipedia.org webpage: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prismatic_blade
Photos by Dino Labiste ©
Prismatic Blade and Obsidian Core
View Dick Baugh's YouTube video of Greg Nunn's demonstration on one of the techniques of Mesoamerican prismatic blade production.
View photos of other Mesoamerican prismatic blade production from "The Conference on Ancient Mesoamerican Obsidian Prismatic Blade Production" at Pennsylvania State University on May 22-28, 2000.
E-mail your comments to "Richard A. Baugh" at firstname.lastname@example.org
PrimitiveWays Home Page
We hope the information on the PrimitiveWays website is both instructional and enjoyable. Understand that no warranty or guarantee is included. We expect adults to act responsibly and children to be supervised by a responsible adult. If you use the information on this site to create your own projects or if you try techniques described on PrimitiveWays, behave in accordance with applicable laws, and think about the sustainability of natural resources. Using tools or techniques described on PrimitiveWays can be dangerous with exposure to heavy, sharp or pointed objects, fire, stone tools and hazards present in outdoor settings. Without proper care and caution, or if done incorrectly, there is a risk of property damage, personal injury or even death. So, be advised: Anyone using any information provided on the PrimitiveWays website assumes responsibility for using proper care and caution to protect property, the life, health and safety of himself or herself and all others. He or she expressly assumes all risk of harm or damage to all persons or property proximately caused by the use of this information.
© PrimitiveWays 2013