Flintknapping Making and Understanding Stone Tools

ISBN-10: 029279083X

ISBN-13: 9780292790834

Edition: 1994

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Flintknapping is an ancient craft enjoying a resurgence of interest among both amateur and professional students of prehistoric cultures. In this new guide, John C. Whittaker offers the most detailed handbook on flintknapping currently available and the only one written from the archaeological perspective of interpreting stone tools as well as making them. Flintknapping contains detailed, practical information on making stone tools. Whittaker starts at the beginner level and progresses to discussion of a wide range of techniques. He includes information on necessary tools and materials, as well as step-by-step instructions for making several basic stone tool types. Numerous diagrams allow the reader to visualize the flintknapping process, and drawings of many stone tools illustrate the discussions and serve as models for beginning knappers. Written for a wide amateur and professional audience, Flintknapping will be essential for practicing knappers as well as for teachers of the history of technology, experimental archaeology, and stone tool analysis.
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Book details

List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 1/1/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.518
Language: English

JOHN C. WHITTAKER is Professor of Anthropology at Grinnell College in Iowa.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Using This Book
Learning to Knap
Flintknapping: Basic Principles
Flintknapping
Conchoidal Fracture
Properties of Material
Flakes and Cores
A Brief History of Flintknapping
Prehistory of Stone Tools
Recent "Stone-Age" People
Modern Knapping
Further Readings
Other Resources: Finding Other Knappers
Raw Materials
Stone Quality
Stone Materials
Heat-Treating
Collecting Material: Ethical and Practical Considerations
Safety
Proper Technique
Eyes
Hands
Other Body Parts
Lungs
Waste Disposal
Benefits
Hard-Hammer Percussion
Material and Equipment
Percussion-Flaking Principles: An Experiment
Percussion Flaking
Platforms
The Face of the Core
Terminations
Curvature
Starting a Core
Summary: Nine Essentials
Examples
Pressure Flaking
Tools
Raw Material
First Principles
Working Position
Beginning
Platform Preparation
Thinning
Notching
Other Pressure-Flaking Techniques
Summary: Six Essentials
Application: Small Triangular Points from the Southwest
Pressure-Flaking Problems
Patterned Pressure Flaking
Soft-Hammer Percussion and Bifaces
Definitions
Tools
Beginning
Soft-Hammer Principles and Results
Biface Thinning Flakes
Fracture Theories
The Blow Platforms
Biface Stages
Knapping Strategy and Other Considerations
Example: A Basic Biface
Biface Problems: Prehistoric Mistakes
Summary
Blades and Fluting
Blades
Platforms
Holding
Punches
The Blow Fluting
Example: Fluted Point
Using Stone Tools
Stone vs. Steel
Edges and Cutting
Making a Projectile Foreshaft
Going On
Archaeological Analysis of Stone Tools
Typology
Stone Tool Types and Change through Time
What People Did with Stones
Sources of Variation: Why Stone Tools Are Not All Alike
Analyzing Stone Tool Materials
Technology and What It Tells Us
Figuring Out Function
Questions of Style
Conclusions
Resources for Knappers
References
Index
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