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

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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

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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

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Submitted date: 2011

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Local EPrints ID: 159353
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/159353
ISSN: 0305-4403
PURE UUID: 3e566d77-ea26-415c-befc-76e0f031e3b7

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Date deposited: 29 Jun 2010 16:11
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 12:37

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Author: B. Bril
Author: G. Dietrich
Author: R. Rein
Author: T. Nonaka
Author: R. Devaney
Author: J. Steele

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