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Cambridge Manuals in Archaeology : Lithics: Macroscopic Approaches to Analysis - Jr. William Andrefsky

Cambridge Manuals in Archaeology

Lithics: Macroscopic Approaches to Analysis

Hardcover Published: 9th March 2015
ISBN: 9780521849760
Number Of Pages: 326

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This fully updated and revised edition of William Andrefsky Jr's ground-breaking manual on lithic analysis is designed for students and professional archaeologists. It explains the fundamental principles of the measurement, recording and analysis of stone tools and stone tool production debris. Introducing the reader to lithic raw materials, classification, terminology and key concepts, the volume comprehensively explores methods and techniques, presenting detailed case studies of lithic analysis from around the world. It also examines new emerging techniques and includes a new section on stone tool functional studies.

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' ... for a mostly technical reference work, the text is highly readable and well-illustrated. the book must be recommended as an indispensable and relatively comprehensive overview of lithic analysis.This edition of Lithics clearly illustrates that the discipline is growing stronger with increase emphasis on theoretical and methodological rigour.' South African Archaeological Bulletin
"Lithics remains an admirable and illuminating introduction to chipped-stone analysis and archaeologists who work with, or would like to work with, stone tools should be familiar with the concepts raised in this book." Brian Pritchard, University of Ontario, Canadian Journal of Archeology

List of figuresp. xii
List of tablesp. xvi
Prefacep. xix
Preface to second editionp. xxi
Acknowledgmentsp. xxiii
A brief introduction to lithic analysisp. 1
The organization of the bookp. 1
Early historical developmentp. 3
A perspective on microwearp. 5
The truth about replicationp. 7
Basics of stone tool productionp. 11
Basic terminologyp. 12
Fracture mechanicsp. 24
Stone tool morphological dynamicsp. 30
Summaryp. 38
Lithic raw materialsp. 41
A brief review of geochemical techniquesp. 43
Rock genesisp. 46
Igneous rocksp. 47
Sedimentary rocksp. 50
Metamorphic rocksp. 56
Summaryp. 59
Getting started in lithic analysis: identification and classificationp. 61
Attributes and attribute statesp. 62
Types and typologiesp. 66
A basic chipped stone typologyp. 74
Summaryp. 84
Flake debitage attributesp. 86
Debitage condition and terminationp. 87
Debitage striking platformsp. 89
Debitage sizep. 98
Debitage dorsal cortexp. 103
Debitage curvaturep. 109
Summaryp. 111
Approaches to debitage analysisp. 113
Typological analysis of debitagep. 114
Aggregate analysis of debitagep. 131
Dissecting debitage assemblagesp. 140
Summaryp. 141
Approaches to stone tool analysisp. 143
Core analysisp. 144
Flake tool analysisp. 160
Biface analysisp. 177
Tool functionp. 195
Summaryp. 199
Artifact diversity and site functionp. 201
Artifact types and functionp. 202
Site function modelsp. 210
Summaryp. 221
Lithic analysis and prehistoric sedentismp. 224
Sedentism and archaeologyp. 224
Sedentism in North Americap. 227
Occupation duration and the Mousterian of west-central Italyp. 231
Raw-material qualities and relative sedentismp. 235
Summaryp. 243
Conclusionp. 245
Glossaryp. 252
Referencesp. 263
Indexp. 296
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ISBN: 9780521849760
ISBN-10: 0521849764
Series: Cambridge Manuals in Archaeology (Hardcover)
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 326
Published: 9th March 2015
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.89 x 17.53  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.77
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised

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