International audienceThe excavations at the aceramic Neolithic village of Khirokitia – Cyprus – yielded a rich bone artifact assemblage dominated by pointed tools including awls and needles. To date, more than 2000 artifacts have been studied. This paper focuses on bone reduction techniques, especially the variability in the reduction sequences related to the manufacture of awls that were made from long bones such as metapodials. This study reveals that awls were mainly produced using rapid and expedient techniques. It will be demonstrated that the exact pattern of techniques could be identified throughout the site's occupation
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