Lithics Macroscopic Approaches to Analysis

ISBN-10: 0521615003

ISBN-13: 9780521615006

Edition: 2nd 2005 (Revised)

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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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Book details

List price: $62.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/8/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 326
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.386

List of figures
List of tables
Preface
Preface to second edition
Acknowledgments
A brief introduction to lithic analysis
The organization of the book
Early historical development
A perspective on microwear
The truth about replication
Basics of stone tool production
Basic terminology
Fracture mechanics
Stone tool morphological dynamics
Summary
Lithic raw materials
A brief review of geochemical techniques
Rock genesis
Igneous rocks
Sedimentary rocks
Metamorphic rocks
Summary
Getting started in lithic analysis: identification and classification
Attributes and attribute states
Types and typologies
A basic chipped stone typology
Summary
Flake debitage attributes
Debitage condition and termination
Debitage striking platforms
Debitage size
Debitage dorsal cortex
Debitage curvature
Summary
Approaches to debitage analysis
Typological analysis of debitage
Aggregate analysis of debitage
Dissecting debitage assemblages
Summary
Approaches to stone tool analysis
Core analysis
Flake tool analysis
Biface analysis
Tool function
Summary
Artifact diversity and site function
Artifact types and function
Site function models
Summary
Lithic analysis and prehistoric sedentism
Sedentism and archaeology
Sedentism in North America
Occupation duration and the Mousterian of west-central Italy
Raw-material qualities and relative sedentism
Summary
Conclusion
Glossary
References
Index
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