Modern Lithic Art

Flintknappers today take on the challenge of the craft as as a research tool, a hobby, a means of making money, or for a combination of these reasons.

Flintknapping researchers learn and apply their skills as a method for understanding the long prehistory of tool-making.  Most researchers are archaeologists, although non-academic flintknappers also contribute significantly to knowledge of traditional stoneworking techniques and methods.  Serious researchers strive to replicate the steps used to make ancient stone tool types, not just the final form.

Flintknapping hobbyists engage in the craft for many reasons, but largely for the personal satisfaction of mastering a challenging technical activity and creating aesthetically-pleasing objects.  Some hobbyists use traditional flintknapping tools to mimic tools like those from prehistory, while other hobbyists use modern metal flintknapping and lapidary tools to make fantasy objects with no ancient analogues.  Most hobbyists fall in the middle of this spectrum and use metal tools to make familiar archaeological types from their home region.  Hobbyist flintknappers are concentrated in North America and Europe, but the hobby is spreading through social media and YouTube ‘how to’ videos.

Dickson axe 1

Modern Art, F. P. Dickson

Elko point Mark's work

Modern Art, Mark Moore

Biface, Mark Moore 2018

Modern Art, Mark Moore

Biface, Simon Greenwood

Modern Art, Simon Greenwood

Khambhat point

Modern Art, Khambhat Flintknapper

Khambhat modern point 2

Modern Art, Khambhat Flintknapper

Handaxe replica 1, Abbe Brueil

Modern Art, Anonymous Flintknapper

Handaxe replica 2, Abbe Brueil

Modern Art, Anonymous Flintknapper

Axe, Flint Jack 1

Modern Art, Flint Jack

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Modern Art, Marquardt Lund

Kerrville knife

Modern Art, Anonymous Flintknapper

Rinehart gray ghost 1

Modern Art, Bryon Rinehart

Danish dagger, DC Waldorf

Modern Art, D. C. Waldorf

Flenniken biface

Modern Art, J. Jeffrey Flenniken

Hollow based point Kiernan

Modern Art, John Kiernan

Kanzi flake

Modern Art, Kanzi the Bonobo

Mack Tussinger eccentric

Modern Art, Mack Tussinger

Folsom Marvin McCormick 2

Modern Art, Marvin McCormick

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Modern Art, Ted Orcutt

Tim Dillard Dickson

Modern Art, Tim Dillard

Tim Dillard Clovis

Modern Art, Tim Dillard

Tim Dillard, snyders

Modern Art, Tim Dillard

Tim Dillard antler billet

Modern Art, Tim Dillard