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The relative effects of core surface morphology on flake shape and other attributes

Journal Article


Abstract


  • It is long been thought that many flake attributes, including both size and shape, are largely due to the morphology of a core’s flaking surface, yet this has never been tested under strictly controlled conditions. Using molded glass cores with surface morphologies that highly resemble prehistoric ones, this experiment demonstrates that while core surface morphology does exhibit some influence on flake size and shape, a high degree of variation in flakes produced with the same core surface morphology shows that the effects of other independent variables, such as exterior platform angle and platform depth, have an even stronger effect. A major implication of these results is that current approaches to reconstruct prehistoric knapping strategies are overlooking significant sources of variation.

UOW Authors


  •   Rezek, Zeljko (external author)
  •   Lin, Sam
  •   Iovita, Radu (external author)
  •   Dibble, Harold L. (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Rezek, Z., Lin, S., Iovita, R. & Dibble, H. L. (2011). The relative effects of core surface morphology on flake shape and other attributes. Journal of Archaeological Science, 38 (6), 1346-1359.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-79954632125

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/4069

Number Of Pages


  • 13

Start Page


  • 1346

End Page


  • 1359

Volume


  • 38

Issue


  • 6

Abstract


  • It is long been thought that many flake attributes, including both size and shape, are largely due to the morphology of a core’s flaking surface, yet this has never been tested under strictly controlled conditions. Using molded glass cores with surface morphologies that highly resemble prehistoric ones, this experiment demonstrates that while core surface morphology does exhibit some influence on flake size and shape, a high degree of variation in flakes produced with the same core surface morphology shows that the effects of other independent variables, such as exterior platform angle and platform depth, have an even stronger effect. A major implication of these results is that current approaches to reconstruct prehistoric knapping strategies are overlooking significant sources of variation.

UOW Authors


  •   Rezek, Zeljko (external author)
  •   Lin, Sam
  •   Iovita, Radu (external author)
  •   Dibble, Harold L. (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Rezek, Z., Lin, S., Iovita, R. & Dibble, H. L. (2011). The relative effects of core surface morphology on flake shape and other attributes. Journal of Archaeological Science, 38 (6), 1346-1359.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-79954632125

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/4069

Number Of Pages


  • 13

Start Page


  • 1346

End Page


  • 1359

Volume


  • 38

Issue


  • 6