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Type of Mousterian Racloir

A racloir (French for scraper) is a name given by archaeologists to a certain type of flint tool made by prehistoric peoples.

Racloir from Galería (TG11)

It is created from a flint flake and looks like a large scraper. As well as being used for scraping hides and bark, it may also have been used as a knife. Racloirs are most associated with the Neanderthal Mousterian industry.


  • Lewin, Roger (2005). Human Evolution: An Illustrated Introduction. Wiley-Blackwell. p. 225.