Hafting traces can allow its identification when a hafted tool is de-halted and re-used by hand, on the condition that the initial task is intensive enough to produce highly visible hafting traces.
Hafted tools have longer use-lives and are discarded when they become dysfunctional.
Knowing whether a stone tool was used hafted may thus provide better alternatives for a number of current interpretations.
The experimental reference collection consists of approximately 300 hafted tools (excluding projectiles) and about 60 hand-held tools.
Both macro- and microscopic traces can result from hafted use (Rots 2002a).
In hafted tools, by contrast, the polish is limited to the area of the haft.
it determines the layout of the traces over the hafted part and some of the trace characteristics (e.
Actions like scraping motions lead to two trace concentrations, one around the haft limit and another one on the hafted extremity.
Lastly, the fact that a tool was used hafted has an influence on the formation of use-wear traces and on the occurrence and characteristics of fractures.