Knapping skill, percussion dynamics and flake characteristics: recognition of expertise in simple flake-core technologies


Wenban-Smith, F.F., Bril, B., Dietrich, G., Rein, R., Nonaka, T., Devaney, R. and Steele, J. (2011) Knapping skill, percussion dynamics and flake characteristics: recognition of expertise in simple flake-core technologies. Journal of Archaeological Science (Submitted).

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This paper presents the results of a new approach to investigation of the relationships between stone knapping kinematics (covering motion, speed and kinetic energy of the percussive act), knapping expertise and characteristics of resulting debitage. It introduces wholly new methods of lithic analysis, leading to empirical recognition of knapping skill and cognitive appreciation of flint-fracture characteristics in lithic debitage from simple flake-core technologies. The methods have clear applicability in investigation of early hominin cognitive capabilities

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0305-4403 (print)
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Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > Archaeology
ePrint ID: 159353
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2010 16:11
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 19:15
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/159353

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