Mid-Mesolithic to Neolithic period. Circa 12,000 - 1000 BC Multi-purpose tools
The period from which these flint tools date covers the transition of man as hunter-gatherer to the establishment of subsistence farming. The possible uses of these tools would have varied based on the material being worked with and, as such, might mark them as examples of the first multi-purpose tools.
These flints might have been used as scrapers, cutters and blades for tasks such as cutting and fashioning wood or shearing and cleaning skins. The ability for a single tool to achieve multiple purposes not only frees its owner from creating and carrying numerous tools at any given time, it also opened us to a world in which we are empowered to creatively innovate, based on both our immediate and foreseeable needs.