Book review: Fractures in Knapping

  • Paul Richard Preston Lithoscapes Archaeological Research Foundation
Keywords: lithic studies, archaeology, fractorgaphy, fracture mechanics, lithic technology, chaîne opératoire


The book 'Fractures in Knapping' by Are Tsirk (2014) is apropos at a time when ‘shape matching’ to typological holotypes is de rigueur. Thus, a book that outlines the fractographic and fracture mechanic principles behind chaîne opératoire and technological analysis is important because understanding fractures is essential to interpreting knapping (Tsirk, 2014: ix).  The book’s relevance is evident in the content of its three parts.  Part one briefly considers the tools and techniques of knapping (chapters 1 and 2) and raw material types (chapter 3).  Part two introduces the formation and meaning of fracture attributes (chapters 8 to 9). Part three (chapters 10 to 13) describes how fractography relates to knapping.  It concludes with a few brief remarks (chapter 14), a glossary, references and index.


For more about the author of 'Fractures in Knapping', see Are Tsirk's biography in the Journal of Lithic Studies, Vol. 2, Nr. 1.



Author Information

Paul Richard Preston, Lithoscapes Archaeological Research Foundation

Director, Lead Researcher and Lecturer
Rose House, Mellguards, Southwaite, Carlisle, U.K.   


Fractures in Knapping
by Are Tsirk
Archaeopress, 2014, pp. xii+261 (includes 138 figures, 27 tables). ISBN 9781784910228
How to Cite
Preston, P. (2016, March 15). Book review: Fractures in Knapping. Journal of Lithic Studies, 3(1), 321-322.