Were Macuahuitl's swords
What are the next Mesolithic / Neolithic people to make a flint sword?
In the last two periods of the Stone Age, the Mesolithic and the Neolithic, technology improved significantly. Their predecessors, the Paleolithic, used roughly hewn flint as weapons and tools, but increasingly sophisticated devices made of wood, bone, antlers and cordage, and flint, were used in the Middle Stone Age. In addition, among other things, the people of the Neolithic developed polished stone tools that were more effective.
So what's the closest thing to a Neolithic, or ideally a Mesolithic, person to make a sword? I say "what's closest" because I assume the main obstacle is how the stone weapons break on impact with another blade. Instead, could they perhaps make a weapon somewhere between a very long knife and a sword?
Before I ask that question, I want to ask you a few things. If there are any errors in my question, or if there is something else impractical in this whole idea, by all means say so in the comments but no hate please, please. If you point this out to me, I will deal with it as soon as possible and that will solve the crisis.
Edit: So, I've got a few answers now about real Stone Age sword-like weapons or maces embedded with microliths. With that in mind, I will pursue the question further and ask: Could Stone Age people build a sword that is essentially an elongated flint / bone with a butting blade?
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I can think of a few options.
Macuahuitl. A weapon of the Aztecs (and others) that consisted of a wooden sword, the edges of which were set with obsidian (volcanic glass). Interestingly, at the time, these obsidian blades could be sharpened further than steel, meaning they were sharper than the Spanish swords, although they were much more prone to edge damage.
Shark tooth swords. Many island societies such as the Hawaiians and Polynesians made flat wooden clubs with shark teeth. Many of them are also very sword-like in shape.
Just. Similar to a bat, but with an unbroken, sharpened edge, the Polynesian Mere is made from a solid piece of polished jade. They were also made from hardwood, whalebone, and stone.
An alternative that I haven't seen in our cultures (doesn't mean it doesn't exist! I'm far from an expert) is a sculpted bone sword. If your people have megafauna available, they could potentially carve a bladed weapon out of bones.
Yes, this is a Mayan sword made from obsidian. Without the handle (probably wood), it's still 68 cm (nearly 27 inches) long, which makes it a sword rather than a dagger.
All you need is a large piece of obsidian and a lot of patience.
Flint was also used to make knives. But there were 40 cm long flintknapping blade cores, with a handle they would fall into the intermediate area between a long dagger and a short sword:
The handles could be made with bones and quite long:
Bone can also be sharpened, although it is just a piercing weapon:
Also check: https://gizmodo.com/5994118/15-human-weapons-made-from-animal-weapons
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Surprisingly close. Aztecs had wooden swords with obsidian blades that could behead horses with one blow.
However, they made no sense, so they couldn't be used for poking.
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There is a nice Stone Age version on the wiki page for sickles that can be easily expanded to become a sword. There are much nicer versions of this, seen on a Columbia University video of World History 8000 BCE - 1500 CE in one of the earliest videos.
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