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Lithic Technological Systems and Evolutionary Theory

Edited By Nathan Goodale, William Andrefsky, Jr.
2015 | Cambridge University Press (external site)
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Language: English
Pages: 318
ISBN: 9781107026469

Stone tool analysis relies on a strong background in analytical and methodological techniques. However, lithic technological analysis has not been well integrated with a theoretically-informed approach to understanding how humans procured, made, and used stone tools. Evolutionary theory has great potential to fill this gap. This collection of essays brings together several different evolutionary perspectives to demonstrate how lithic technological systems are a byproduct of human behavior. The essays cover a range of topics, including human behavioral ecology, cultural transmission, phylogenetic analysis, risk management, macroevolution, dual inheritance theory, cladistics, central place foraging, costly signaling, selection, drift, and various applications of evolutionary ecology.

 
 
Over The Hills and Far Away

Over The Hills and Far Away: Last Glacial Maximum Lithic Technology Around the Great Adriatic Plain

By Emanuele Cancellieri
2015 | Archaeopress (external site)
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Language: English
Pages: 125
ISBN: 9781784912345

The research scope of this book is the human occupation of the northern Adriatic region at the end of the Last Glacial Maximum (ca. 24,000- 20,000 calBP), and a point of view over the long debated occupation of the once exposed Great Adriatic Plain and the role it played within the early Epigravettian hunter-gatherers settlement system. The study relied on a comprehensive techno-economic approach to lithic technology, one among the possible means to investigate site function, mobility and land use.

 
 
Flint Daggers in Prehistoric Europe

Flint Daggers in Prehistoric Europe

Edited By Catherine Frieman, Berit Valentin Eriksen
2015 | Oxbow Books (external site)
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Language: English
Pages: 176
ISBN: 9781785700187

For more than a century flint daggers have been among the most closely studied and most heavily published later prehistoric lithic tools. It is well established that they are found across Europe and beyond, and that many were widely circulated over many generations. Yet, few researchers have attempted to discuss the entirety of the flint dagger phenomenon. The present volume brings together papers that address questions of the regional variability and socio-technical complexity of flint daggers and their production. It focuses on the typology, chronology, technology, functionality and meaning of flint and other lithic daggers produced primarily in Europe, but also in the Eastern Mediterranean and East Asia, in prehistory. The 14 papers by leading researchers provide a comprehensive overview of the state of knowledge concerning various flint dagger corpora as well as potential avenues for the development of a research agenda across national, regional and disciplinary boundaries. The volume originates from a session held at the 2011 meeting of the European Association of Archaeology but includes additional commissioned contributions.

 
 
Wild Things

Wild Things: Recent Advances in Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Research

Edited By Frederick W. F. Foulds, Helen C. Drinkall, Angela R. Perri, David T.G. Clinnick, James W.P. Walker
2014 | Oxbow Books (external site)
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Language: English
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9781782977469

Recently, Palaeolithic and Mesolithic archaeology has been breaking boundaries worldwide. Finds such as the Mesolithic house at Howick, the sequencing of the Neanderthal genome, and the recently discovered footprints at Happisburgh all serve to indicate how archaeologists in these fields are truly at the cutting edge of understanding humanity’s past. This volume celebrates this trend by focusing on recent advances in the study of the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic. With contributors from a diverse range of backgrounds, it allows for a greater degree of interdisciplinary discourse than is often the case, as the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic are generally split apart. Wild Things brings together contributions from major researchers and early career specialists, detailing research taking place across the British Isles, France, Portugal, Russia, the Levant and Europe as a whole, providing a cross-section of the exciting range of research being conducted. By combining papers from both these periods, it is hoped that dialogue between practitioners of Palaeolithic and Mesolithic archaeology can be further encouraged. Topics include: the chronology of the Mid-Upper Palaeolithic of European Russia; territorial use of Alpine high altitude areas by Mesolithic hunter-gatherer; discussing the feasibility of reconstructing Neanderthal demography to examine their extinction; the funerary contexts from the Mesolithic burials at Muge; the discovery of further British Upper Palaeolithic parietal art at Cathole Cave; exploitation of both lithics and fauna in Palaeolithic France; and an analysis of Mesolithic/Neolithic trade in Europe.

 
 
No Stone Unturned

No Stone Unturned: Papers in Honour of Roger Jacobi

Edited By Nick Ashton, Claire Harris
2015 | Lithic Studies Society
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Language: English
Pages: 280
ISBN: 0-9513246-4-0

This volume of papers is in honour of Roger Jacobi one of the great prehistorians of his generation. The papers have been written by his former students, colleagues and friends, reflecting the full breadth of his research.

 
 
Peuplement de l'Amérique du Sud

Peuplement de l'Amérique du sud: L'apport de la technologie lithique

Edited By Maria Farias, Antoine Lourdeau
2014 | @rchéo-éditions (external site)
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Language: Portuguese
Pages: 398
ISBN: 978-2-36461-005-7

Peuplement de l'Amérique du sud: l'apport de la technologie lithique
Le peuplement du continent américain est une question qui n'a cessé de susciter l'interrogation depuis sa découverte. Aujourd'hui, les méthodes de datation permettent de confirmer une ancienneté sans cesse vieillissante, dont les indices archéologiques successifs furent longtemps ignorés ou rejetés. L'étude de ces vestiges, selon des axes de recherche novateurs, révèle une réalité passée diversifiée. L'analyse technologique des industries lithiques connues sur le continent sud-américain est une de ces approches innovantes qui ouvrent de nouveaux horizons de compréhension d'une dynamique de peuplement complexe.

Povoamento na América do Sul: a contribuição da tecnologia lítica
O povoamento do continente americano é uma questão que gera questionamentos desde sua descoberta. Atualmente, os métodos de datação permitem confirmar uma antiguidade cada vez maior, cujos indices arqueológicos foram ao longo do tempo ignorados ou rejeitados. O estudo destes vestígios, por meio de eixos de pesquisas inovadoras, revelam uma realidade diversificada. A análise tecnológica das industrias líticas conhecidas sobre o continente sul-americano é uma das abordagens inovadoras que abrem novos horizontes de compreensão de uma dinâmica complexa de povoamento.

Población de América del sur: la contribución de la tecnología lítica
El poblamiento del continente americano es una cuestión que no deja de suscitar interrogantes desde su descubrimiento. Hoy los métodos de datación permiten confirmar una antigüedad que no cesa de envejecer, los testimonios arqueológicos fueron sucesivamente ignorados por mucho tiempo o rechazados. El estudio de estos vestigios, desde una aproximación teórica innovadora de investigación, revela una realidad pasada muy diversa. El análisis tecnológico de las industrias líticas conocidas en el continente sudamericano es uno de estos enfoques innovadores que abren nuevos horizontes para la comprensión de una dinámica de población compleja.

 
 
Techno-logique & Technologie

Techno-logique & Technologie: A Paleo-lithic history of sharp objects

By Eric Boëda
2013 | @rchéo-éditions (external site)
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Language: French
Pages: 266
ISBN: 978-2-36461-003-3

Techno-logique & technologie, en deux mots tout est dit. Deux mots cependant qu’il convient d’éclaircir à partir de la matière même à laquelle ils sont appliqués ici et qui, en retour, en constitue le fondement épistémologique, à savoir: les industries lithiques de la préhistoire.
Si la forme fut le premier signe extérieur qui permit de distinguer l’objet naturel de celui réalisé par la main de l’Homme, les limites de la classification typologique qui en résulta conduisirent à un questionnement technique et une pratique expérimentale desquels naquit la technologie au milieu du XXe s. La réflexion proposée dans le présent ouvrage, prolonge autant qu’elle s’en détache cette histoire de la pensée technique appliquée aux plus anciennes industries humaines connues. Non plus seulement technologie, la pensée présentée est celle d’unetechno-logique, soit une tentative d’approche de la logique interne à la production d’outils que l’étude des industries lithiques de la préhistoire permet de mettre en évidence. Sa force, outre l’élaboration d’un nouvel outil à penser les industries de la préhistoire, est d’asseoir la validité scientifique de l’étude techno-logique.
Spécialiste des industries anciennes de la préhistoire, expérimentateur éminent, en charge de nombreuses missions par le monde, Eric Boëda, Professeur de préhistoire à l’Université de Paris X Nanterre-La Défense, est reconnu depuis le début de sa recherche comme un technologue influent. Cet ouvrage reflète l’élaboration de son approche des productions techniques de la préhistoire, nourrie de philosophie et éprouvée pendant plus de vingt ans à la diversité des industries rencontrées en Europe autant qu’en Afrique, en Asie et en Amérique.
Exposer une pensée nouvelle n’est jamais sans surprendre. La nouveauté de celle présentée ici est de mettre en perspective la technique comme une composante inhérente à l’humain, faisant le pari d’une unique histoire des techniques, vieille de trois millions d'années!

 
 
Le Concept Levallois: Variabilité des méthodes

Le Concept Levallois: Variabilité des méthodes

By Eric Boëda
2013 | @rchéo-éditions (external site)
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Language: French
Pages: 290
ISBN: 978-2-36461-008-8

Un peu comme une «contre-méthode» libérée des rets de la typologie, cette recherche sur le Levallois s’impose comme une nouveauté sur un plan théorique. Ce travail résolument moderne, d’exception française, nous invite à revoir les habitudes de lecture du matériel archéologique. Tout en redécouvrant le Levallois par la voie conceptuelle autant qu’expérimentale, l’auteur a façonné une pensée de l’abstraction et de la théorie, qui a ouvert une nouvelle voie analytique dans l’étude des assemblages de pierre du Paléolithique moyen, plus vivante, incarnée, structurée, signifiée entre percept et concept: une autre vision du monde technique au Paléolithique. Si, aujourd’hui, le débitage Levallois a plus d’un siècle depuis sa découverte par Victor Commont dans les carrières de Levallois-Perret dans les Hauts-de-Seine, son explication n’a, à peine, qu’une trentaine d’années. Il semble que le Levallois n’ait jamais été le même depuis sa découverte, d’une définition à l’autre, sa compréhension semble glisser entre les mains du préhistorien comme fuyant toute théorisation jusque dans les années 1980. Et ce, même si l’on doit reconnaître les travaux pionniers de F. Bordes, de M. Dauvois et de A. Leroi-Gourhan, précurseurs qui ébauchèrent les notions fondamentales de prédétermination, de concept et de variante dans le débitage, de chaîne opératoire, de tendance et de fait ou de nuance. Qu’ont-ils tenté sinon d’essayer de comprendre ce qu’ils n’étaient pas parvenus à expliquer? Qu’entend-on par comprendre le Levallois?

 
 
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Etude technologique de l'industrie lithique du site de Guanyindong dans la province de Guizhou, sud-ouest de la Chine

By Yinghua Li
2014 | @rchéo-éditions (external site)
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Language: French
Pages: 374
ISBN: 978-2-36461-007-1

Le site de Guanyindong, découvert en 1964, est une grotte karstique de la province du Guizhou, dans le sud-ouest de la Chine. L’industrie lithique, mise au jour au cours des trois campagnes de fouilles entreprises entre 1965 et 1973, est attribuée au pléistocène moyen final. L’étude présentée ici relève de l’analyse technologique élaborée par les chercheurs français, héritiers des travaux de Leroi-Gourhan. Cette approche, confère à ce travail toute son originalité, alors que les données de la préhistoire chinoise sont encore mal connues dans ce domaine.
L’exposé de la méthode est, en soi, un précis de technologie lithique clair et accessible, susceptible d’être utile à tout préhistorien, confirmé ou débutant, intéressé par cette approche.
L’industrie lithique de Guanyindong est un matériel d’aspect fruste, réputé difficile. Son analyse technologique a permis de montrer qu’il relevait d’une conception de taille structurée, aux objectifs précis, visant à l’obtention d’outils caractérisés. Mis en perspective avec les industries lithiques connues d’Asie de l’Ouest, d’Europe et d’Afrique, les connaissances et savoir-faire ainsi démontrés témoignent de l’existence d’un faciès culturel original. A ce titre, le site de Guanyindong fait référence.
Avec ce travail, l’auteur, Li Yinghua, s’inscrit parmi les meilleurs spécialistes de sa génération de l’analyse technologique des industries chinoises.

 
 
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Handbook of Alabama Archaeology : Part I Point Types

By James W. Cambron, David C. Hulse
2012 | The Archaeological Research Association of Alabama Inc. & Project Gutenberg (external site)
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Language: English
 
 
Clovis Technology

Clovis Technology

By Bruce A. Bradley, Michael B. Collins, Andrew Hemmings, Marilyn Shoberg, Jon C. Lohse
2010 | International Monographs in Prehistory
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Language: English
Pages: 220
ISBN: 978-1879621411

This book presents a detailed study of the lithic technology and the bone, antler, and ivory tool technology of the Clovis Paleoindian culture. It is abundantly illustrated with drawings and photographs of tools and the by-products of their manufacture, typical for this distinctive, very early period of human occupation of the United States.

 
 
Flint and Stone in the Neolithic Period

Flint and Stone in the Neolithic Period

Edited By Alan Saville
2011 | Oxbow Books (external site)
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Language: English
Pages: 328
ISBN: 9781842174203

Lithic artefacts were an intrinsic part of Neolithic life both in terms of everyday practical use and in ritual/symbolic mode. Archaeologists and prehistorians studying the Neolithic period recognise this, and accordingly, strive to maximise relevant data recovery and subsequently exploit the available data to the full. Fulfilling these ambitions requires specialist input, which not only comes from lithic analysts themselves, but also draws on a wide range of expertise from across archaeology and other disciplines and practices. The papers in this volume demonstrate some of the diverse approaches and applications, both direct and theoretical, which are contributing towards our ultimate goal of allowing increased understanding of stone tools to reveal more about Neolithic life.

 
 
Works in Stone

Works in Stone: Contemporary Perspectives on Lithic Analysis

Edited By Michael J. Shott
2014 | University of Utah Press (external site)
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Language: English
Pages: 240
ISBN: 978-1-60781-382-8

Whether done by Stone Age hunters or artisans in ancient civilizations, the transformation of resistant stone into useful implements required skills with a high level of sophistication. Because stone tools are durable, today we have a lithic record to explain past behavior and the evolution of culture over long spans. Interpretive and analytical approaches to the study of stone tools, however, are often treated as independent, disconnected specialties. Works in Stone provides a broad look at the field of lithic analysis by bringing together a cross section of recent research. Scholars present a diverse range of concepts and methods with case studies that extend to every continent and contexts ranging from the Paleolithic to late prehistory. Showcasing the latest research of lithic analysts, Works in Stone provides a cohesive overview of recent methods and conclusions.

 
 
Prehension and hafting traces on flint tools

Prehension and hafting traces on flint tools. A methodology

By Veerle Rots
2010 | Leuven University Press (external site)
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Language: English
Pages: 298
ISBN: 9789058678010

The capacity to mount stone tools in or on a handle is considered an important innovation in past human behaviour. The insight to assemble two different materials (organic and inorganic) into a better functioning entity indicates the presence of the required mental capacity and technological expertise. Although the identification of stone tool use based on microscopic analysis was introduced in the 1960s, distinguishing between hand-held and hafted tool use has remained a more difficult issue. This volume introduces a methodology, based on a systematic, in-depth study of prehension and hafting traces on experimental stone artefacts, which allows their recognition in archaeological assemblages. The author proposes a number of distinctive macro- and microscopic wear traits for identifying hand-held and hafted stone tools and for identifying the exact hafting arrangement. Tested hafting arrangements vary according to the articulation between stone tool and handle, and to the raw materials and fixation agents used. Tool uses include various motions and worked materials. This largely experimental investigation concludes in a blind testing of the reliability of the method itself, showing that a wider application of the designed method has the potential to contribute significantly to our understanding of technological changes and evolutions and past human behaviour.

 
 
Ground Stone Analysis

Ground Stone Analysis. A Technological Approach

By Jenny L. Adams
2014 | University of Utah Press (external site)
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Language: English
Edition: 2
Pages: 336
ISBN: 978-1-60781-273-9

A Copublication with Archaeology Southwest

Archaeology

Archaeologists define stone artifacts that are altered by or used to alter other items through abrasion, pecking, or polishing as “ground stone.” This includes mortars and pestles, abraders, polishers stones, and hammerstones, and artifacts shaped by abrasion or pecking, such as axes, pipes, figurines, ornaments, and architectural pieces.

The first edition of Ground Stone Analysis sparked interest around the world. In the decade following its publication, there have been many advances in scientific technology and developments in ethnographic and experimental research. The second edition incorporates these advances, including examples of international research that have utilized a technological approach to ground stone analysis. This study presents a flexible yet structured method for analyzing and classifying stone artifacts. These techniques record important attributes based on design, manufacturing, and use and are applicable to any collection in the world.

The methods presented guide quantitative and qualitative assessments of artifacts and assemblages. Recording forms and instructions for completing them will be available on the University of Utah Press’s open access portal at www.UofUpress.com. Ground Stone Analysis is an important, useful reference for any archaeological field worker or student who encounters ground stone artifacts and is interested in learning more about the people who used them.

 
 
Tools and economy of the eneolithic farmers of South-Eastern Europe

Орудия труда и хозяйство древнеземледельческих племен Юго-Восточной Европы в эпоху энеолита : по материалам культуры Варна

By Наталия Николаевна Скакун, Natalia Nikolaevna Skakun
2006 | Нестор-История (external site)
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Language: Russian
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9785981871436

Книга Н. Н. Скакун «Орудия труда и хозяйство древнеземледельческих племен Юго-Восточной Европы в эпоху энеолита (по материалам культуры Варна)» посвящена изучению хозяйственных основ культуры Варна, одной из высокоразвитых археологических культур Юго-Восточной Европы, существовавшей во второй половине V тыс. до н. э. на территории современной Болгарии. Исследования включают комплексный анализ производственного инвентаря из неметаллического сырья (камня, рога, кости, глины), проведенный с помощью технико-типологического и экспериментально-трасологических методов. Такой подход позволил охарактеризовать особенности орудийных комплексов, их генезис, сделать сравнение с материалами синхронных культур, выяснить назначение инструментов, среди которых обнаружены орудия, неизвестные ранее. Полученные данные свидетельствуют о высоком уровне развития техники и о сложной структуре хозяйства древних земледельцев, отличительной особенностью которого являлось освоение пашенного земледелия и углубленная специализация производств, способствовавшая зарождению ранних форм ремесла. Данное исследование показывает значение орудий труда как исторического источника и представляет интерес для специалистов, занимающихся изучением экономических и культурных связей в древности, палеоэкономическими реконструкциями, вопросами возникновения и развития древнего земледелия на юго-востоке Европы и в сопредельных регионах.

 
 
Lithic Toolkits in Ethnoarchaeological Contexts

L'outillage lithique en contextes ethnoarchéologiques / Lithic Toolkits in Ethnoarchaeological Contexts

Edited By Xavier Terradas
2005 | British Archaeological Reports (external site)
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Language: English
Pages: 64
ISBN: 978-1841718125

Acts of the XIVth UISPP Congress, University of Liège, Belgium, 2-8 September 2001, Colloque / Symposium 1.4 edited by Xavier Terradas. inc. VAT. i+64 pages; illustrated throughout with figures, tables and plates. BAR S1370 2005

British Archaeological Reports British Series (Book 1370)

Arguing that flint tools alone reveal little about prehistoric societies, these eight papers use ethnological data to reconstruct the cultural, economic and social context of these tools. Taken from Symposium 1.4 at the XIVth UISPP Congress held at Liege in 2001, the papers consider evidence largely from sites in South America, Australia and Africa, looking at lithic material as well as associated evidence, such as worked bone, leather and grinding stones. This material is used to assess prehistoric hunting strategies, knapping procedures, the reasons for the use-wear of lithics and the opportunistic working of tools. Six papers in English, the rest are French; English abstracts.

 
 
Clovis Caches

Clovis Caches: Recent Discoveries and New Research

Edited By Bruce B. Huckell, J. David Kilby
2014 | University of New Mexico Press (external site)
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Language: English
Pages: 264
ISBN: 978-0826354822

The Paleoindian Clovis culture is known for distinctive stone and bone tools often associated with mammoth and bison remains, dating back some 13,500 years. While the term Clovis is known to every archaeology student, few books have detailed the specifics of Clovis archaeology. This collection of essays investigates caches of Clovis tools, many of which have only recently come to light. These caches are time capsules that allow archaeologists to examine Clovis tools at earlier stages of manufacture than the broken and discarded artifacts typically recovered from other sites. The studies comprising this volume treat methodological and theoretical issues including the recognition of Clovis caches, Clovis lithic technology, mobility, and land use.

 
 
Paleoindian Lifeways of the Cody Complex

Paleoindian Lifeways of the Cody Complex

Edited By Edward J. Knell, Mark P. Muñiz
2013 | The University of Utah Press (external site)
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Language: English
Pages: 368
ISBN: 978-1-60781-229-6

Paleoindian Lifeways of the Cody Complex represents the first synthesis in the more than fifty year history of one of the most important Paleoindian cultural traditions in North America. Research on the Cody complex (~10,000–8,000 radiocarbon yrs B.P.) began in the 1940s; however, until now publications have focused almost exclusively on specific sites, issues of projectile point technology and typology, and bison hunting. This volume provides fresh perspectives and cutting-edge research that significantly increases our understanding of the Cody complex by focusing more squarely on the human behaviors that created the archaeological record, rather than on more strictly technical aspects of the artifacts and faunal remains.
Because the Cody complex extends from the central Canadian plains to the Gulf of Mexico and from Nevada to the eastern Great Lakes—making it second only to Clovis in geographical expanse—this volume will appeal to a wide range of North American archaeologists. Across this broad geographic distribution, the contributors address hunter-gatherer adaptive strategies from diverse ecosystems at the onset of the Holocene, which will also make it of interest to human ecologists and paleoenvironmental researchers. Paleoindian Lifeways of the Cody Complex provides an innovative synthesis of a well-known but little-studied cultural tradition that opens the door for a new generation of exciting research.

 
 
Stone Artifacts of Texas Indians

Stone Artifacts of Texas Indians

By Ellen Sue Turner, Thomas R. Hester, Richard L. McReynolds
2011 | Taylor Trade Publishing (external site)
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Language: English
Edition: 3
Pages: 400
ISBN: 978-1589794641

Useful for academic and recreational archaeologists alike, this book identifies and describes over 200 projectile points and stone tools used by prehistoric Native American Indians in Texas. This third edition boasts twice as many illustrations—all drawn from actual specimens—and still includes charts, geographic distribution maps and reliable age-dating information. The authors also demonstrate how factors such as environment, locale and type of artifact combine to produce a portrait of these ancient cultures.

 
 
Elite Craft Producers, Artists, and Warriors at Aguateca

Elite Craft Producers, Artists, and Warriors at Aguateca: Lithic Analysis (Monographs of the Aguateca Archaeological Project Pirst Phase)

By Kazuo Aoyama
2009 | University of Utah Press (external site)
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Language: English
Edition: 1
Pages: 224
ISBN: 978-0874809596

This archaeological report centers on findings at Aguateca, a unique site in the Petexbatun region of the southern Mayan lowlands that was unexpectedly attacked in AD 810. The subsequent rapid abandonment and burning of many of the elite and non-elite residences at the site provide archaeologists with an encapsulated record of domestic and political activities on the last day of occupation. The in situ artifact assemblages from use and storage structures enable the study of specific activities and allow them to be addressed in depth owing to precise spatial patterning of the assemblages, which differ significantly from those of gradually abandoned sites.
Elite Craft Producers, Artists, and Warriors at Aguateca uses the excavation data from twelve structures and various use areas to investigate artistic and craft production activities by elite men and women and warriors in Classic Maya society. Specifically, Aoyama focuses on detailed use-wear analysis of stone tools by employing high-power microscopy to address production, warfare, and the domestic and ritual lives of the Maya. He provides descriptions and discussion of over ten thousand lithic artifacts from the Aguateca site, which was a center of both utilitarian and luxury goods.
Based on this research, Aoyama proposes that Classic Maya elite men and women artists and craft producers played multiple social and economic roles, such as scribes and warriors, as well as having administrative, diplomatic, ritualistic, and domestic duties. This view implies a more flexible and integrated system of Classic Maya elite participation in craft production than is usually proposed.

 
 
Toward a Behavioral Ecology of Lithic Technology

Toward a Behavioral Ecology of Lithic Technology: Cases from Paleoindian Archaeology

By Todd A. Surovell
2009 | University of Arizona Press (external site)
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Language: English
Pages: 296
ISBN: 978-0-8165-0738-2

Modern humans and their hominid ancestors relied on chipped-stone technology for well over two million years and colonized more than 99 percent of the Earth's habitable landmass in doing so. Yet there currently exist only a handful of informal models derived from ethnographic observation, experiments, engineering, and "common sense" to explain variability in archaeological lithic assemblages.
Because the fundamental processes of making, using, and discarding stone tools are, at root, exercises in problem solving, Todd Surovell asks what conditions favor certain technological solutions. Whether asking if a biface should be made thick or thin or if a flake should be saved or discarded, Surovell seeks answers that extend beyond a case-by-case analysis. One avenue for addressing these questions theoretically is formal mathematical modeling.
Here Surovell constructs a series of models designed to link environmental variability to human decision making as it pertains to lithic technology. To test the models, Surovell uses data from the analysis of more than 40,000 artifacts from five Rocky Mountain and Northern Plains Folsom and Goshen complex archaeological sites dating to the Younger Dryas stadial (ca. 12,600-11,500 years BP). The primary result is the production of powerful new analytical tools useful to the interpretation of archaeological assemblages.
Surovell's goal is to promote modeling and explore the general issues governing technological decisions. In this light, his models can be applied to any context in which stone tools are made and used.

 
 
A Guide to Projectile Points of Iowa, Part 1

A Guide to Projectile Points of Iowa, Part 1: Paleoindian, Late Paleoindian, Early Archaic, and Middle Archaic Points

By Joseph A. Tiffany
2009 | University of Iowa Press (external site)
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Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-58729-826-4
 
 
A Guide to Projectile Points of Iowa, Part 2

A Guide to Projectile Points of Iowa, Part 2: Middle Archaic, Late Archaic, Woodland, and Late Prehistoric Points

By Joseph A. Tiffany
2009 | University of Iowa Press (external site)
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Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-58729-828-8
 
 
Lithic raw materials in prehistoric times of eastern Central Europe

Lithic raw materials in prehistoric times of eastern Central Europe

By Antonín Přichystal
2013 | Masaryk University (external site)
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Language: English
Pages: 351
ISBN: 978-80-210-6405-8

The book comprises results of the author’s cooperation with archaeologists during the last 35 years and systematically describes lithic raw materials used in prehistoric times of Eastern Central Europe. It covers the area of Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, eastern part of Germany (Saxony, Thuringia and Bavaria) and northern Austria. Introductory chapters present brief survey of geomorphological and geological units with potential rock sources. Than, various methods of natural science suitable for determination of lithic artefacts are characterized. The principal chapter describes in detail individual rocks and minerals for chipped artefacts. Raw materials for polished axes and battleaxes, wristguards, whetstones, millstones and whorls are introduced in a similar way. The attention is also focused on sources of rock-salt, the usage of fossils in prehistory and finds of pseudoartefacts or fakes. Within the text there are 147 black-and-white pictures or maps and the final annex contains 384 coloured photos of raw materials seen by naked eye, under a stereomicroscope, in a thin section or as interesting artefacts.

 
 
Experimentación en arqueología

Experimentación en arqueología: Estudio y difusión del pasado

Edited By Antoni Palomo, Raquel Piqué, Xavier Terradas
2014 | Museu d'Arqueologia de Catalunya (external site)
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Language: Spanish; Castilian
Pages: 524
ISBN: 978-84-393-9024-4

Els volums recullen les contribucions presentades en el III Congrés internacional d’Arqueologia Experimental, celebrat a Banyoles (Girona) els dies 17, 18 i 19 d’octubre de 2011.

These volumes correspond to the proceedigns of the Third International Conference on Experimental Archaeology, held in Banyoles (Girona, Spain) in 2011.

 
 
Variabilité et signification des productions lithiques au Paléolithique moyen ancien

Variabilité et signification des productions lithiques au Paléolithique moyen ancien: l'exemple de trois gisements de plein-air du Bergeracois (Dordogne, France)

By Michel Brenet
2013 | Archaeopress (external site)
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Language: French
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9781407311685

This work addresses the question of inter- and intra-site variability and its behavioral significance through a techno-economic analysis of lithic industries and an experimental procedure. For nine lithic assemblages from three sites in South-West of France, Cantalouette 1, Combre Brune 2 and Combe Brune 3, each of the production methods was analyzed based on a quantitative evaluation of all the operational phases present from the procurement of lithic raw materials to the use of the products. The role of experimentation in this procedure is to create specific reference bases that can be compared with the lithic assemblages in order to obtain a better estimation of their techno-economic representation.

 
 
Elephantine XXXV

Elephantine XXXV: The Lithic Industries on Elephantine Island during the 3rd Millennium BC

By Thomas Hikade
2014 | Harrassowitz Verlag (external site)
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Language: English
Pages: 210
ISBN: 9783447101318

With nearly 5000 years of continuous occupation and stratigraphy, the island of Elephantine is one of the most important archaeological sites in Egypt. It was also the traditional southern frontier of ancient Egypt. The German Archeological Institute has been excavating on Elephantine Island since 1969 in close cooperation with the Swiss Institute for Architectural and Archaeologial Research, resulting in dozens of publications documenting the progress of the archaeological work. In his volume on the lithic industries, Thomas Hikade has analysed more than 10,000 lithic artifacts of the 3rd millennium BC (Early Dynastic to First Intermediate Period) excavated over 20 campaigns (1984-2004). He discusses the primary and secondary industries of the site, presenting the stone tool assemblage from various parts of the settlement in detailed tables, charts, and line drawings In some cases the analysis is so detailed as to cover the archaeological context of the single room of a house. The author also discusses the various raw materials used in the making of Egyptian stone tools and places the lithic industries of the 3rd millennium BCfrom Elephantine Island into the broader context of the Egyptian economic system. The study closes with a catalogue of 465 selected objects of the whole collection accompanied by drawings.

 
 
Lithic raw material exploitation and circulation in Préhistory

Lithic raw material exploitation and circulation in Prehistory: A comparative perspective in diverse palaeoenvironments

By Masayoshi Yamada, Akira Ono
2014 | University of Liege (external site)
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Language: English
Pages: 230
ISBN: 978-2-930495-24-8
 
 
한국 구석기 시대 석기군 연구

한국 구석기 시대 석기군 연구

By 상태 김, Sang Tae Kim
2012 | 서경 문화사
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Language: Korean
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9788960620841
 
 
Tecnología lítica de la Puna meridional Argentina

Tecnología lítica de la Puna meridional Argentina: estrategias tecnológicas conservadas en la producción de artefactos agrícolas en contextos agropastoriles tempranos

By Susana Pérez
2012 | Editorial Dunken (external site)
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Language: Spanish; Castilian
Pages: 184
ISBN: 978-9870261032

Este libro aborda, desde la perspectiva de la organización de la tecnología lítica, la implementación de una estrategia tecnológica conservada y cómo la misma se ve reflejada en algunas variables del diseño de artefactos agrícolas (palas y/o azadas), de contextos agropastoriles tempranos (Formativos) de Antofagasta de la Sierra, Puna Meridional Argentina. Ofrece un estudio desde varias vías de investigación: el análisis técnico-morfológico y morfológico-funcional, un programa experimental tendiente a la replicación, enmangue y uso del instrumental, y el análisis de los rastros producidos por el uso en ambas colecciones, la arqueológica y la experimental de referencia.

 
 
縄文・弥生時代石器研究の技術論的転回

縄文・弥生時代石器研究の技術論的転回

By 上峯 篤史, Atsushi Uemine
2012 | 雄山閣 (external site)
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Language: Japanese
Pages: 310
ISBN: 9784639022176

近畿地方における縄文・弥生時代のサヌカイト製石材を対象に、徹底した遺物観察と定量分析に基づいた剥片剥離技術と打撃法の研究から、縄文~弥生移行期の石材消費戦略、集落間関係の実態と変容を明らかにする。

 
 
最終氷期における細石刃狩猟民とその適応戦略

最終氷期における細石刃狩猟民とその適応戦略: Adaptive strategies of the microblade hunters in the last glacial

By 堤 隆, Takashi Tsutsumi
2011 | 雄山閣 (external site)
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Language: Japanese
Pages: 357
ISBN: 9784639021889

後期旧石器時代末、細石刃と呼ばれるカミソリの刃ほどの小さな石器が日本列島に広く展開した。
最終氷期の過酷な自然環境と向き合いながら、細石刃を装備した狩猟民たちは、どのような生業をなし、社会集団を形成していたのか。
石器群の機能、環境変動と生業動態、石材資源の獲得と消費、セトルメントシステムなどの分析を通じ、細石刃狩猟民の適応戦略を読み解く試みが本書である。

 
 
The ancient Maya shaped their world with stone tools. Lithic artifacts helped create the cityscape and were central to warfare and hunting, craft activities, cooking, and ritual performance. The Technology of Maya Civilization examines Maya lithic artefac

The Technology of Maya Civilization: Political Economy and Beyond in Lithic Studies

By Zachary X. Hruby, Geoffrey E. Braswell, Oswaldo Chinchilla Mazariegos
2011 | Routledge (external site)
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Language: English
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781845535087

The ancient Maya shaped their world with stone tools. Lithic artifacts helped create the cityscape and were central to warfare and hunting, craft activities, cooking, and ritual performance. The Technology of Maya Civilization examines Maya lithic artefacts made of chert, obsidian, silicified limestone, and jade to explore the relationship between ancient civilizations and natural resources. The volume presents case studies of archaeological sites in Guatemala, Mexico, Belize, and Honduras. The analysis draws on innovative anthropological theory to argue that stone artefacts were not merely cultural products but tools that reproduced, modified, and created the fabric of society.

 
 
Crowfield (AfHj-31)

Crowfield (AfHj-31): A Unique Paleoindian Fluted Point Site from Southwestern Ontario

By D. Brian Deller, Christopher J. Ellis

2011 | Museum of Anthropological Archaeology (University of Michigan) (external site)
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Language: English
Pages: 224
ISBN: 978-0-915703-76-0
 
 
Crowfield (AfHj-31)

Crowfield (AfHj-31): A Unique Paleoindian Fluted Point Site from Southwestern Ontario

By D. Brian Deller, Christopher J. Ellis
2011 | Museum of Anthropological Archaeology (University of Michigan) (external site)
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Language: English
Pages: 224
ISBN: 978-0-915703-76-0
 
後期旧石器時代前半期石器群の研究

後期旧石器時代前半期石器群の研究 : 南関東武蔵野台地からの展望

By Takuya Yamaoka, 拓也 山岡
2012 | 六一書房 (external site)
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Language: Japanese
Pages: 186
ISBN: 9784864450201
 
 
Bipoints Before Clovis

Bipoints Before Clovis

By Wm. Jack Hranicky
2012 | Universal Publishers (external site)
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Language: English
Pages: 394
ISBN: 9781612331362

This archaeological publication covers the development, definition, classification, and world-wide deployment of the lithic bipoint and includes numerous photographs, drawings, and maps. Lithic bipoint technology originated 75,000 years ago, and it continued to the discovery of metal for tools. It was brought into the U.S. on both coasts; the Pacific Coast introduction was around 17,000 years ago and the Atlantic Coast was 23,000 years ago. This book presents and discusses bipoints from nearly every U.S. state. Bipoint function, usage, and resharpening are also presented. The book is indexed and has extensive references.

 

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