An introduction to stone artefact analysis

Clarkson, Chris and O'Connor, Sue (2013). An introduction to stone artefact analysis. In Jane Balme and Alistair Paterson (Ed.), Archaeology in practice: a student guide to archaeological analyses 2nd ed. (pp. 151-206) Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom: John Wiley & Sons.

Author Clarkson, Chris
O'Connor, Sue
Title of chapter An introduction to stone artefact analysis
Title of book Archaeology in practice: a student guide to archaeological analyses
Place of Publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Publication Year 2013
Sub-type Chapter in textbook
Open Access Status
Edition 2nd
ISBN 9780470657164
Editor Jane Balme
Alistair Paterson
Chapter number 6
Start page 151
End page 206
Total pages 56
Total chapters 15
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Lithic analysis is a fundamental and often key component of contemporary archaeological practice of relevance to any region or time period where stone tools were employed in past technologies. For this reason, acquiring familiarity with the identification and analysis of stone artifacts is an important component of archaeological training and can be an important professional skill. Needless to say, there are numerous approaches to analyzing stone artifacts tailored to the vast range of topics being researched, and the one presented in this chapter may differ from those in use in some parts of the world or for particular time periods or assemblage types. Rather than review the huge diversity of approaches to lithic analysis, this chapter aims to arm the student of lithic technology with a set of principles to guide the construction of their research design, alert them to the philosophical underpinnings of various kinds of stone analysis, point to some simple but frequently overlooked issues of data management, provide an overview of some common laboratory techniques and analyses, and provide case studies and suggested readings that offer insight into both the process of actually doing stone analysis and drawing meaningful conclusions from the results. It takes a question-and-answer format in the hope that some frequently asked questions might be addressed in a straightforward manner.
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