Flexible Stones

Flexible Stones : Ground Stone Tools from Franchthi Cave

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Despite their ubiquitous presence among prehistoric remains in Greece, ground stone tools have yet to attract the same 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. Approximately 500 tools, the raw material used for their manufacture, as well as the byproducts of such manufacture were found. 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 as a conscious choice that reflects a flexible attitude of tool makers and users toward tools and raw materials. A CD-Rom with 209 additional plates is included.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 242 pages
  • 210 x 278 x 18mm | 698.53g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 30 b&w illus., 2 maps
  • 0253221781
  • 9780253221780
  • 1,178,012

About Anna Stroulia

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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Review quote

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

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Table of contents

Acknowledgments Chapter One 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 Chapter Two The Pre-Neolithic Material Introduction The Palaeolithic period The Mesolithic period Lower Mesolithic Upper Mesolithic Final Mesolithic Possible Pre-Neolithic specimens Chapter Three 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) Chapter Four 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 Chapter Five 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)

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