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On the utility and economization of un retouched flakes: the effects of exterior platform angle and platform depth

Journal Article


Abstract


  • In recent years, lithic studies have emphasized the role of technology in the overall adaptation of past societies to their environments, including the economization of lithic resources. This paper explores how particular characteristics of individual, unretouched flakes can be altered in ways that increase their economy, as reflected in the ratio of edge length to mass. Results of controlled laboratory experiments are presented that identify exterior platform angle and platform depth as being primary independent variables affecting this ratio. These relationships are then tested against a number of archaeological assemblages.

UOW Authors


  •   Lin, Sam
  •   Rezek, Zeljko (external author)
  •   Braun, David R. (external author)
  •   Dibble, Harold L. (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Lin, S. C., Rezek, Z., Braun, D. & Dibble, H. L. (2013). On the utility and economization of un retouched flakes: the effects of exterior platform angle and platform depth. American Antiquity, 78 (4), 724-745.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84896640721

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/4068

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 21

Start Page


  • 724

End Page


  • 745

Volume


  • 78

Issue


  • 4

Place Of Publication


  • United States

Abstract


  • In recent years, lithic studies have emphasized the role of technology in the overall adaptation of past societies to their environments, including the economization of lithic resources. This paper explores how particular characteristics of individual, unretouched flakes can be altered in ways that increase their economy, as reflected in the ratio of edge length to mass. Results of controlled laboratory experiments are presented that identify exterior platform angle and platform depth as being primary independent variables affecting this ratio. These relationships are then tested against a number of archaeological assemblages.

UOW Authors


  •   Lin, Sam
  •   Rezek, Zeljko (external author)
  •   Braun, David R. (external author)
  •   Dibble, Harold L. (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Lin, S. C., Rezek, Z., Braun, D. & Dibble, H. L. (2013). On the utility and economization of un retouched flakes: the effects of exterior platform angle and platform depth. American Antiquity, 78 (4), 724-745.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84896640721

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/4068

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 21

Start Page


  • 724

End Page


  • 745

Volume


  • 78

Issue


  • 4

Place Of Publication


  • United States