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Knife – Sand Lake Archaeological District

Knife This bifacially flaked knife was identified in the lithic assemblage from the 2008 investigations at the Sand Lake Archaeological District, located north of La Crosse, Wisconsin. It is distinguished on the basis of having relatively straight cutting edges from pressure flaking. The knife is made of silicified sandstone and appears to have been hand held, rather than hafted. Knives are generally not diagnostic of a particular culture.