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 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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  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 210 x 278 x 18mm | 698.53g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, INUnited States
  • English
  • 30 b&w illustrations 2 maps
  • 0253221781
  • 9780253221780
  • 1,065,412

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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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