9780521615006

Lithics: Macroscopic Approaches to Analysis

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    9780521615006

  • ISBN10:

    0521615003

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/2/2006
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Summary

This book is a fully updated and revised edition of William Andrefsky Jr's ground-breaking manual on lithic analysis. Designed for students and professional archaeologists, this highly illustrated book 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, it comprehensively explores methods and techniques, presenting detailed case studies of lithic analysis from around the world. It examines new emerging techniques, such as the advances being made in lithic debitage analysis and lithic tool analysis, and includes a new section on stone tool functional studies. An extensive and expanded glossary makes this book an invaluable reference for archaeologists at all levels.

Author Biography

William Andrefsky Jr. is Professor of Anthropology at Washington State University

Table of Contents

List of figures
xii
List of tables
xvi
Preface xix
Preface to second edition xxi
Acknowledgments xxiii
A brief introduction to lithic analysis
1(10)
The organization of the book
1(2)
Early historical development
3(2)
A perspective on microwear
5(2)
The truth about replication
7(4)
Basics of stone tool production
11(30)
Basic terminology
12(12)
Fracture mechanics
24(6)
Stone tool morphological dynamics
30(8)
Summary
38(3)
Lithic raw materials
41(20)
A brief review of geochemical techniques
43(3)
Rock genesis
46(1)
Igneous rocks
47(3)
Sedimentary rocks
50(6)
Metamorphic rocks
56(3)
Summary
59(2)
Getting started in lithic analysis: identification and classification
61(25)
Attributes and attribute states
62(4)
Types and typologies
66(8)
A basic chipped stone typology
74(10)
Summary
84(2)
Flake debitage attributes
86(27)
Debitage condition and termination
87(2)
Debitage striking platforms
89(9)
Debitage size
98(5)
Debitage dorsal cortex
103(6)
Debitage curvature
109(2)
Summary
111(2)
Approaches to debitage analysis
113(30)
Typological analysis of debitage
114(17)
Aggregate analysis of debitage
131(9)
Dissecting debitage assemblages
140(1)
Summary
141(2)
Approaches to stone tool analysis
143(58)
Core analysis
144(16)
Flake tool analysis
160(17)
Biface analysis
177(18)
Tool function
195(4)
Summary
199(2)
Artifact diversity and site function
201(23)
Artifact types and function
202(8)
Site function models
210(11)
Summary
221(3)
Lithic analysis and prehistoric sedentism
224(21)
Sedentism and archaeology
224(3)
Sedentism in North America
227(4)
Occupation duration and the Mousterian of west-central Italy
231(4)
Raw-material qualities and relative sedentism
235(8)
Summary
243(2)
Conclusion
245(7)
Glossary 252(11)
References 263(33)
Index 296

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