Written in Stone

Written in Stone : The Multiple Dimensions of Lithic Analysis

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Written in Stone: The Multiple Dimensions of Lithic Analysis demonstrates the vitality of contemporary lithics analysis by examining material from a variety of geographical locations. This edited collection is primarily concerned with the link between craft production and social complexity, the nature of trade, and the delineation of settlement patterns and manipulation of landscape. While deconstructing the present to reconstruct the past, each chapter incorporates a technological dimension shaped by the type of analysis utilized. Methods include microwear analysis, which adds significant understanding of stone tool function, to the identification of obsidian sources, which illustrates the potential of lithic provenance studies for reconstructing trade. This book verifies and expands on the notion that lithics play an integral role in our understanding of past societies at all levels of complexity, from Paleolithic hunter-gatherers to archaic states.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 165 pages
  • 154 x 228 x 18mm | 358.34g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • bibliography, index
  • 0739105361
  • 9780739105368

About Richard W. Yerkes

P. Nick Kardulias is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Archeology at the College of Wooster. He is the editor of World Systems Theory in Practice (Rowman & Littlefield, 1997), Beyond the Site: Regional Studies in the Aegean Area (University Press of America, 1994), and co-editor of Agean Startegies: Studies of Culture and Environment on the European Fringe (Rowman & Littlefield, 1999). Richard W. Yerkes is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the Ohio State University. He has directed and worked on projects in the United States, Cyprus, Greece, and Hungary.
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Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: Lithic Analysis as Cross-Cultural Study Chapter 2 The Use of the Chaine Operatoire Approach in the Upper Paleolithic Period in Sinai Chapter 3 Using Lithic Artifacts to Study Craft Specialiazation in Ancient Societies: The Hopewell Case Chapter 4 Lithic Artifacts from Surveys: A Comparative Evaluation of Recent Evidence from the Southern Aegean Chapter 5 Determining the Source of Lithic Artifacts and Reconstructing Trade in the Ancient World Chapter 6 Chemical Sourcing of Hopewell Bladelets: Implications for Building a Chert Database for Ohio Chapter 7 Stone in an Age of Bronze: Lithics from Bronze Age Contexts in Greece and Iran Chapter 8 Statecraft and State Crafts: A Reconsideration of Mesoamerican Obsidian Industries
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The papers in this volume highlight particular facets of stone tool production and use, providing case studies demonstrating how these analytical approaches can be employed to illuminate human history. American Journal of Archaeology For researchers interested in the manufacture and use of lithic implements in prehistory, the papers in this volume are worth digesting...It is an interesting and informative read and deserves our attention. Lithic Technology
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