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Lithic Analysis : Manuals in Archaeological Method, Theory and Technique - George H. Odell

Lithic Analysis

Manuals in Archaeological Method, Theory and Technique

Paperback Published: 28th March 2006
ISBN: 9780306480683
Number Of Pages: 262

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This practical volume does not intend to replace a mentor, but acts as a readily accessible guide to the basic tools of lithic analysis that a researcher can consult. Some focuses of the manual include:

- History of stone tool research,

- Procurement, manufacture and function,

- Assemblage variability.

This manual also includes text boxes, bringing basic terms and information to the attention of the researcher. "Lithic Analysis" will be an incomparable source for academic archaeologists, cultural resource and heritage management archaeologists, government heritage agencies, and upper-level undergraduate and graduate students of archaeology focused on the prehistoric period.

History of Stone Tool Researchp. 1
Procurementp. 2
Tool Manufacturep. 3
Assemblage Variabilityp. 6
Tool Usep. 7
Behavioral Questionsp. 9
Perspectivesp. 11
Procurementp. 13
Formation of Rockp. 15
Igneous Rocksp. 15
Sedimentary Rocksp. 17
Metamorphic Rocksp. 20
Summaryp. 21
Geomorphic Processesp. 21
Defining the Problemp. 24
Is This Material Local?p. 24
What is the Source of the Material?p. 26
Visual Characterizationp. 28
Hand Specimensp. 28
Petrographic Techniquesp. 31
Geochemical Techniquesp. 32
Neutron Activation Analysisp. 33
X-Ray Fluorescence Analysisp. 34
PIXE and Similar Techniquesp. 35
Other Instrumental Types of Analysisp. 37
General Remarksp. 41
Tool Manufacturep. 43
Fracture Mechanicsp. 45
General Principlesp. 45
Types of Fracturep. 47
Fracture Featuresp. 53
Types of Flaking and Flakersp. 58
Percussion Flakingp. 58
Pressure Flakingp. 61
Primary and Secondary Modifica tionp. 62
Primary Modificationp. 62
Secondary Modificationp. 64
Ground Stonep. 74
Manufacture-Ground Specimensp. 75
Use-Ground Specimensp. 78
Analyzing Ground Stone Toolsp. 80
Assemblage Variabilityp. 87
Detecting Vectors of Informationp. 88
Raw Materialp. 89
Technology: Basic Partitioningp. 90
Technology: Distinguishing Trajectoriesp. 91
Morphology: Characterizing Shapep. 103
Functionp. 110
Comparing Assemblagesp. 110
Comparing Class Structurep. 110
Comparing Specific Classesp. 113
Analyzing Unretouched Debrisp. 118
Individual Flake Analysisp. 121
Mass Analysisp. 130
Summaryp. 132
Tool Functionp. 135
Use-Wear Analysisp. 136
Backgroundp. 136
Techniquesp. 139
Summaryp. 152
Residue Analysisp. 156
Plant Remainsp. 156
Blood Residuesp. 165
Summaryp. 172
Encountering Prehistoric Behaviorp. 175
Subsistencep. 176
Food Procurementp. 176
Food Processingp. 181
Shelter, Facilities and Clothingp. 188
Structures and Facilitiesp. 188
Clothingp. 189
Organization of Mobility and Technologyp. 190
Tool Designp. 191
Raw Material Procurement, Supply, and Usep. 193
Complex Societiesp. 202
Production of Surplus Goodsp. 203
Material Replacementp. 214
Concluding Remarksp. 217
Referencesp. 219
Indexp. 247
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ISBN: 9780306480683
ISBN-10: 0306480689
Series: Manuals in Archaeological Method, Theory and Technique
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 262
Published: 28th March 2006
Publisher: SPRINGER VERLAG GMBH
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 15.49  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.41

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