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Flexible Stones: Ground Stone Tools from Franchthi Cave

Flexible Stones: Ground Stone Tools from Franchthi Cave

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By (author) Anna Stroulia

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  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 248 pages
  • Dimensions: 210mm x 278mm x 18mm | 699g
  • Publication date: 19 April 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Bloomington, IN
  • ISBN 10: 0253221781
  • ISBN 13: 9780253221780
  • Illustrations note: 30 b&w illustrations 2 maps
  • Sales rank: 1,519,697

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Despite their ubiquitous presence among prehistoric remains in Greece, ground stone tools have yet to attract the kind of attention as have other categories of archaeological material, such as pottery or lithics. "Flexible Stones" provides a detailed analysis of the material discovered during the excavations at Franchthi Cave, Peloponnese, Greece. The Franchthi material consists of approximately 500 tools, the raw material used for their manufacture, as well as the byproducts of such manufacture. Most of this collection comes from the Neolithic component of the site - including a small number of Palaeolithic and Mesolithic cases - with a large number of the studied tools indicating multiple uses. Anna Stroulia sees the multifunctional character of these tools not so much as a response to an environmental constraint, than as a conscious choice that reflects a flexible attitude of tool makers and users toward tools and raw materials.

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Anna Stroulia is an archaeologist and social anthropologist who teaches at the University of Southern Indiana. She is author (with Susan Buck Sutton) of the forthcoming Archaeology in Situ: Sites, Archaeology and Communities in Greece.

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"[This series makes] an exceptional contribution to the hitherto very inadequate knowledge of this period in Greece." Antiquity

Table of contents

Acknowledgments 1. Introduction: Introduction to the site and assemblage; Classification; Describing the material Why not a ground stone tool stratigraphy?; Tool names; Structure of the study; Abbreviations used in the text; 2. The Pre-Neolithic Material :Introduction; The Palaeolithic period; The Mesolithic period: Lower Mesolithic, Upper Mesolithic, Final Mesolithic; Possible Pre-Neolithic specimens;; 3. The Neolithic Material (1): Introduction to the Neolithic period: Passive tools: Introduction; 1. Passive open tools (Popen); Introduction: Raw material; Aspects of manufacture; Technomorphological characteristics; Aspects of use; Discussion; 2. Passive tools with cavity (Pcav); 3. Passive miscellanea (Pmisc); 4.The Neolithic Material (2): Active tools; Introduction; 1. Active cutting edge tools (Acut); Introduction; Raw material; Aspects of manufacture; Technomorphological characteristics; Aspects of use; Epilogue; 2. Active discoidal tools (Adisc); Introduction; Raw material and manufacture; Technomorphological characteristics; Aspects of use; 3. Active rectangular tools (Arect); Introduction; Raw material and manufacture; Technomorphological characteristics; Aspects of use; 4. Active square or circular tools (Asquare-circ); Introduction; Raw material and manufacture; Technomorphological characteristics; Aspects of use; 5. Active tools used with ends (Aend); Introduction; Raw material and manufacture; Technomorphological characteristics; Aspects of use; 6. Active globular tools (Aglobe); 6.1 Active globular tools with stains (Aglobe-stain); Introduction; Raw material and manufacture; Technomorphological characteristics; Aspects of use; 6.2 Active globular tools without stains (Aglobe-nostain); Introduction; Raw material and manufacture; Technomorphological characteristics; Aspects of use; 7. Active miscellanea (Amisc); Introduction; 7.1 Active miscellanea 1 (Amisc-1); 7.2 Active miscellanea 2 (Amisc-2); Epilogue; 5. Summary and Conclusions: Raw material; Manufacture; Use and discard; Chronological distribution; Spatial Distribution; References; Appendixes; Appendix A; Appendix B; Appendix C Figures; Index; Plates (CD-ROM)