Lithics: Macroscopic Approaches to Analysis

Lithics: Macroscopic Approaches to Analysis

Paperback Cambridge Manuals in Archaeology (Paperback)

By (author) William Andrefsky

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  • Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 321 pages
  • Dimensions: 174mm x 244mm x 22mm | 640g
  • Publication date: 2 January 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521615003
  • ISBN 13: 9780521615006
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 103 b/w illus. 36 tables
  • Sales rank: 171,059

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This book is a fully updated and revised edition of William Andrefsky Jr's ground-breaking manual on lithic analysis. Designed for students and professional archaeologists, this highly illustrated book explains the fundamental principles of the measurement, recording and analysis of stone tools and stone tool production debris. Introducing the reader to lithic raw materials, classification, terminology and key concepts, it comprehensively explores methods and techniques, presenting detailed case studies of lithic analysis from around the world. It examines new emerging techniques, such as the advances being made in lithic debitage analysis and lithic tool analysis, and includes a new section on stone tool functional studies. An extensive and expanded glossary makes this book an invaluable reference for archaeologists at all levels.

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Author information

William Andrefsky, Jr is Professor of Anthropology at Washington State University. He is the author of Lithics (First Edition, 1998) (0521570840 HB; 0521578159 PB) and Lithic Debitage (University of Utah Press, 2003) and numerous articles on archaeology and anthropology.

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' ... for a mostly technical reference work, the text is highly readable and well-illustrated. the book must be recommended as an indispensable and relatively comprehensive overview of lithic analysis.This edition of Lithics clearly illustrates that the discipline is growing stronger with increase emphasis on theoretical and methodological rigour.' South African Archaeological Bulletin

Table of contents

1. A brief introduction to lithic analysis; 2. Basics of stone tool production; 3. Lithic raw materials; 4. Getting started in lithic analysis: identification and classification; 5. Flake debitage attributes; 6. Approaches to debitage analysis; 7. Approaches to stone tool analysis; 8. Artifact diversity and site function; 9. Lithic analysis and prehistoric sedentism; 10. Concluding remarks.