Lithics After the Stone Age: A Handbook of Stone Tools from the Levant

Lithics After the Stone Age: A Handbook of Stone Tools from the Levant


By (author) Steven A. Rosen

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  • Publisher: AltaMira Press,U.S.
  • Format: Paperback | 184 pages
  • Dimensions: 213mm x 277mm x 13mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 1 October 1996
  • Publication City/Country: California
  • ISBN 10: 0761991247
  • ISBN 13: 9780761991243
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations, maps
  • Sales rank: 1,160,962

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Steven A. Rosen's Lithics After the Stone Age is the first in-depth analysis of post-Stone-Age tools. For Near Eastern archaeologists, he provides the first comprehensive typology and description of post-Neolithic tools including subtypes, function, distribution, and chronology, allowing for the easy identification of lithic materials found in excavations. For lithics specialists of all geographical regions, he offers insightful interpretive essays on the organization of production and distribution, tool function, style, and the complex relationship between lithic and metal technology. Over 100 illustrations.

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This volume is an extremely valuable reference and research tool, with much detail and good bibliography. It is also a series of essays on rather more specific subjects. There is no doubt that it fills an important gap in scholarship, and it will be widely used by those concerned with Levantine lithic studies. -- Alison V.G. Betts American Journal of Archaeology The work covers one of the least documented aspects of Near Eastern lithic studies, stone tools made and used in the protohistoric and early historic periods...A large proportion of the work is given over to a typology that is clearly and logically presented, with good illustrations of each major type. This is a valuable reference work, which will do much to provide consistency in future analyses of lithic assemblages from these periods...The second part of the volume comprises essays on production and distribution, function, and style...An extremely valuable reference and research tool, with much detail and a good bibliography. American Journal of Archaeology An invaluable tool for archaeologists and analysts alike attempting to understand life in the protohistoric and historic periods in the Levant. Antiquity Levantine specialists studying the Metal Age will find this book very useful. The last four chapters also are applicable to a general audience interested in culture change. Metal Age lithic data provide an interesting study of how one culture complex interacts with and reacts to the introduction of a competitive system. The book sets a baseline that should encourage additional studies of the largely ignored lithic remains from Levantine Metal Age sites. -- Mark A. McConaughy American Antiquity

Table of contents

chapter 1 Preface chapter 2 Lithic Analysis in the Metal Ages: A Preview chapter 3 Analytic Approaches chapter 4 A Typology of Stone Tools chapter 5 The Organization of Production and Distribution chapter 6 Function chapter 7 Style chapter 8 The End of the Stone Age chapter 9 References chapter 10 Index