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Pushing the Envelope: Experimental Directions in the Archaeology of Stone Tools $162.00
Editors: Grant S. McCall (Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, USA)
Book Description:
Stone tools are the most ubiquitous and oldest variety of archaeological artifacts. Humans have made stone tools for the last 2.6 million years on every continent of the inhabited world. As such, they constitute the most important source of information about both past patterns of human behavior and evolution. In spite of these facts and after more than two centuries of systematic study, the analysis of stone tools remains a relatively under-developed science. This book presents a series of research projects designed to “push the envelope” in terms of the limits of our methodological knowledge concerning stone tools. It presents a series of experimental studies designed to approach the analysis of stone tools, the construction of inferences about the human past, and the building of novel theory to explain it.
(Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents:

Chapter 1: Experimental Insights into the Evaluation of Knapping Skill in Pliocene Hominids, pp. 1-18
(Scott D. Maddux, University of Iowa)

Chapter 2: Searching for Skill Identifiers Through Experimental Flintknapping and a North American Archaeological Assemblage, pp. 19-37
(Cerisa Renee Reynolds, University of Iowa)

Chapter 3: Searching for Mental Templates and Missing the Evidence: A Handaxe Essay in Honor of Jelinek and Binford, pp. 39-56
(Grant S. McCall, Tulane University)

Chapter 4: Problems Inherent in Studying the Origins of European Blade Technologies, pp. 57-72
(Alexander D. Woods, University of Iowa)

Chapter 5: Mind Over Matter: Examining Stylistic Variability in Lithic Manufacture, pp. 73-91
(Jonathan T. Thomas, University of Iowa)

Chapter 6: The Iceman Knappeth: Learning About Knapping Soft Stones from an Experiment Knapping Ice, pp. 93-100
(Grant S. McCall, Tulane University and Brent Pelton, University of Iowa)

Chapter 7: The Trouble with Lithic Scatters: Adjusting the Focus of Predictive Modeling, pp. 101-121
(Bryan Kendall, University of Iowa)

Chapter 8: A Comparison of Biface Reduction and Curation Indices, pp. 123-144
(Rachel A. Horowitz, Tulane University)

Chapter 9: Initial Observations and Patterns of Expedient Flake Use in a Wilton Industry Assemblage from Northeastern Namibia, pp. 145-159
Jayur Mehta
(David Chatelain, Tulane University)

Chapter 10: The Power of Visualizing Technology, or, For Those About to Study Rocks, We Salute You!, pp. 161-171
(Grant S. McCall, Tulane University)


      Focus on Civilizations and Cultures
   Binding: ebook
   Pub. Date: 2010
   Pages: 6 x 9 (NBC - C)
   ISBN: 978-1-61761-516-0
   Status: AV
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