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    DescriptionFlintknapping is an ancient craft enjoying a resurgence of interest among both amateur and professional students of prehistoric cultures. In this new guide, John C. Whittaker offers the most detailed handbook on flintknapping currently available and the only one written from the archaeological perspective of interpreting stone tools as well as making them. "Flintknapping" contains detailed, practical information on making stone tools. Whittaker starts at the beginner level and progresses to discussion of a wide range of techniques. He includes information on necessary tools and materials, as well as step-by-step instructions for making several basic stone tool types. Numerous diagrams allow the reader to visualize the flintknapping process, and drawings of many stone tools illustrate the discussions and serve as models for beginning knappers. Written for a wide amateur and professional audience, "Flintknapping" will be essential for practicing knappers as well as for teachers of the history of technology, experimental archaeology, and stone tool analysis. John C. Whittaker is an assistant professor of anthropology at Grinnell College.

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    Making and Understanding Stone Tools
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) John C. Whittaker
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    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 351
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 590 g
    ISBN 13: 9780292790834
    ISBN 10: 029279083X

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    DC22: 930.10285
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    DC20: 930.10285
    DC22: 930.1/028/5
    LC classification: GN799.T6 W445 1994, N799.T6W44
    Illustrations note
    12 photographs, 226 line drawings, 2 charts
    University of Texas Press
    Imprint name
    University of Texas Press
    Publication date
    01 June 1994
    Publication City/Country
    Austin, TX
    Review quote
    "...very attractive to readers interested in ancient crafts, survival skills, or the history of technology... far superior to anything currently available." James C. Woods, director, The Herrett Museum, College of Southern Idaho "A mid-range user's guide to flintknapping is long overdue. There have been some admirable attempts to produce such a volume, but these have been targeted at specific, fairly narrow audiences. Not so with Flintknapping... [Whittaker's] clear aim is to reach professional archaeologists as well as hobbyists. I believe he achieves this goal with incredible skill and humor... I highly recommend this book to everyone interested in flintknapping." Plains Anthropologist "This great new publication is the new 'bible' on the subject of knapping." ATLATL "This is the best, most thorough summary available on flaked stone technology. The book skillfully blends instruction on how to make stone tools with information on how top interpret flaked stone artifacts." Northern Arizona Archaeology Society Newsletter "Whittaker presents this information at a level that will be readable by non-anthropologists as well as specialists in the field." James C. Woods, director, The Herrett Museum, College of Southern Idaho
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    Flintknapping, the making of stone tools, is an ancient craft enjoying a resurgence of interest among both amateur and professional students of prehistoric cultures. This guide contains detailed, practical information on making stone tools.
    Table of contents
    1. Introduction Using This Book; Learning to Knap 2. Flintknapping: Basic Principles Flintknapping; Conchoidal Fracture; Properties of Material; Flakes and Cores 3. A Brief History of Flintknapping Prehistory of Stone Tools; Recent "Stone-Age" People; Modern Knapping; Further Readings; Other Resources: Finding Other Knappers 4. Raw Materials Stone Quality; Stone Materials; Heat-Treating; Collecting Material: Ethical and Practical Considerations 5. Safety Proper Technique; Eyes; Hands; Other Body Parts; Lungs; Waste Disposal; Benefits 6. Hard-Hammer Percussion Material and Equipment; Percussion-Flaking Principles: An Experiment; Percussion Flaking; Platforms; The Face of the Core; Terminations; Curvature; Starting a Core; Summary: Nine Essentials; Examples 7. Pressure Flaking Tools : Raw Material; First Principles; Working Position; Beginning; Platform Preparation; Thinning; Notching; Other Pressure-Flaking Techniques; Summary: Six Essentials; Application: Small Triangular Points from the Southwest; Pressure-Flaking Problems; Patterned Pressure Flaking 8. Soft-Hammer Percussion and Bifaces Definitions; Tools; Beginning; Soft-Hammer Principles and Results; Biface Thinning Flakes; Fracture Theories; The Blow Platforms; Biface Stages; Knapping Strategy and Other Considerations; Example: A Basic Biface; Biface Problems: Prehistoric Mistakes; Summary 9. Blades and Fluting Blades; Platforms; Holding; Punches; The Blow; Fluting; Example: Fluted Point 10. Using Stone Tools Stone vs. Steel; Edges and Cutting; Making a Projectile Foreshaft; Going On 11. Archaeological Analysis of Stone Tools Typology; Stone Tool Types and Change through Time; What People Did with Stones; Sources of Variation: Why Stone Tools Are Not All Alike; Analyzing Stone Tool Materials; Technology and What It Tells Us; Figuring Out Function; Questions of Style; Conclusions Appendix: Resources for Knappers; References; Index