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On the production of blades and its relationship to backed artefacts in the Howiesons Poort at Diepkloof, South Africa

Journal Article


Abstract


  • The presence of blades is one identfling feature of Howiesons Poort technologies, along

    with the presence of backed artefacts and relatively high frequencies of fine-grained rocks.

    Blades in this context are commonly understood to have been produced to serve as blanks

    for the manufacture of backed artefacts. This paper explores the relationship between

    blades and backed artefacts in detail, using data from the Howiesons Poort layers at the

    site of Diepkloof. It is found that there is limited evidence for a direct relationship between

    these two assemblage elements. Instead, it is suggested that blades were used as a means

    of improving flaking yield, primarily towards the end of core use-lives.

Publication Date


  • 2008

Citation


  • Mackay, A. (2008). On the production of blades and its relationship to backed artefacts in the Howiesons Poort at Diepkloof, South Africa. Lithic Technology, 33 87-99.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/1747

Number Of Pages


  • 12

Start Page


  • 87

End Page


  • 99

Volume


  • 33

Place Of Publication


  • http://www.lcoastpress.com/journal.php?id=12

Abstract


  • The presence of blades is one identfling feature of Howiesons Poort technologies, along

    with the presence of backed artefacts and relatively high frequencies of fine-grained rocks.

    Blades in this context are commonly understood to have been produced to serve as blanks

    for the manufacture of backed artefacts. This paper explores the relationship between

    blades and backed artefacts in detail, using data from the Howiesons Poort layers at the

    site of Diepkloof. It is found that there is limited evidence for a direct relationship between

    these two assemblage elements. Instead, it is suggested that blades were used as a means

    of improving flaking yield, primarily towards the end of core use-lives.

Publication Date


  • 2008

Citation


  • Mackay, A. (2008). On the production of blades and its relationship to backed artefacts in the Howiesons Poort at Diepkloof, South Africa. Lithic Technology, 33 87-99.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/1747

Number Of Pages


  • 12

Start Page


  • 87

End Page


  • 99

Volume


  • 33

Place Of Publication


  • http://www.lcoastpress.com/journal.php?id=12