Eccentric 'flints' used by the Maya
Made from chert, chalcedony or obsidian, the flints are chipped stone elements that come in many forms, including abstract, geometric, animal as well as human. They were ceremonial in nature as most of these items were recovered in dedicatory caches. The irregular shapes that these items have helped to coin the term 'eccentrics'.
Photograph courtesy Institute of Archaeology (NICH) Belize
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