Lithic Analysis

ISBN-10: 0306480689
ISBN-13: 9780306480683
Edition: 2004
Authors: George H. Odell
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Description: 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, -  More...

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Book details

List price: $59.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Springer
Publication date: 3/28/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 262
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.122
Language: English

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 Research
Procurement
Tool Manufacture
Assemblage Variability
Tool Use
Behavioral Questions
Perspectives
Procurement
Formation of Rock
Igneous Rocks
Sedimentary Rocks
Metamorphic Rocks
Summary
Geomorphic Processes
Defining the Problem
Is This Material Local?
What is the Source of the Material?
Visual Characterization
Hand Specimens
Petrographic Techniques
Geochemical Techniques
Neutron Activation Analysis
X-Ray Fluorescence Analysis
PIXE and Similar Techniques
Other Instrumental Types of Analysis
General Remarks
Tool Manufacture
Fracture Mechanics
General Principles
Types of Fracture
Fracture Features
Types of Flaking and Flakers
Percussion Flaking
Pressure Flaking
Primary and Secondary Modifica tion
Primary Modification
Secondary Modification
Ground Stone
Manufacture-Ground Specimens
Use-Ground Specimens
Analyzing Ground Stone Tools
Assemblage Variability
Detecting Vectors of Information
Raw Material
Technology: Basic Partitioning
Technology: Distinguishing Trajectories
Morphology: Characterizing Shape
Function
Comparing Assemblages
Comparing Class Structure
Comparing Specific Classes
Analyzing Unretouched Debris
Individual Flake Analysis
Mass Analysis
Summary
Tool Function
Use-Wear Analysis
Background
Techniques
Summary
Residue Analysis
Plant Remains
Blood Residues
Summary
Encountering Prehistoric Behavior
Subsistence
Food Procurement
Food Processing
Shelter, Facilities and Clothing
Structures and Facilities
Clothing
Organization of Mobility and Technology
Tool Design
Raw Material Procurement, Supply, and Use
Complex Societies
Production of Surplus Goods
Material Replacement
Concluding Remarks
References
Index

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