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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 30 July 2014
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These tool were probably used for cutting and chopping. Obsidian is a naturally occurring volcanic glass and is not local to Mesopotamia. It was most likely imported from modern Afghanistan. These tools were found at Tell Shemshara (modern Lake Dukan), Tell Basmosian, and Qurashina (modern Sulaimaniya Governorate, Iraq). Neolithic period, 8000-7000 BCE. (The Sulaimaniya Museum, Iraq).

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About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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APA Style

Amin, O. S. M. (2014, July 30). Obsidian Tools. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/2814/obsidian-tools/

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Amin, Osama Shukir Muhammed. "Obsidian Tools." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified July 30, 2014. https://www.worldhistory.org/image/2814/obsidian-tools/.

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Amin, Osama Shukir Muhammed. "Obsidian Tools." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 30 Jul 2014. Web. 01 Dec 2021.