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Keeping your edge: recent approaches to the organisation of stone artefact technology

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Abstract


  • The past twenty five years has seen the development of

    interesting and productive new research avenues and the

    opening up of new ground in approaches to, and

    interpretations of, stone artefacts. Far beyond the

    description, listing and enumeration of artefact types,

    these developments have focused on the situational

    variables which structure stone artefact assemblages.

    Theory articulating stone artefacts with past behaviors

    has made possible new methods, new ways of seeing, and

    ultimately, new understandings of a field previously

    dominated by description.

    The aim of this volume is to present papers applying

    recent insights from the organization of technology to the

    interpretation of stone artefact assemblages from a range

    of archaeological contexts. Specific attention is paid to

    the techniques by which people acquired and maintained

    cutting edge technology, and the situational variables

    which encouraged them to employ those techniques. The

    unique strength of this collection is that while the studies

    are unified by a common goal of understanding

    prehistoric human behaviour through the organisation of

    stone artefact technology, they span a substantial

    geographical and chronological breadth. Given this

    strength, we hope that this collection of studies is one that

    can be drawn on for both generally for inspiration and

    more specifically for methods for the study of flaked

    stone assemblages from anywhere and anytime in

    prehistory. In this introductory chapter we highlight the

    common themes that unite the collection and summarise

    the key contributions of each chapter.

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Marwick, B. & Mackay, A. (2011). Keeping your edge: recent approaches to the organisation of stone artefact technology. In B. Marwick & A. Mackay (Eds.), Keeping your Edge: Recent Approaches to the Organisation of Stone Artefact Technology (pp. 1-4). Oxford, United Kingdom: Archaeopress.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9781407308470

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2786&context=smhpapers

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Book Title


  • Keeping your Edge: Recent Approaches to the Organisation of Stone Artefact Technology

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  • 1

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  • 4

Place Of Publication


  • Oxford, United Kingdom

Abstract


  • The past twenty five years has seen the development of

    interesting and productive new research avenues and the

    opening up of new ground in approaches to, and

    interpretations of, stone artefacts. Far beyond the

    description, listing and enumeration of artefact types,

    these developments have focused on the situational

    variables which structure stone artefact assemblages.

    Theory articulating stone artefacts with past behaviors

    has made possible new methods, new ways of seeing, and

    ultimately, new understandings of a field previously

    dominated by description.

    The aim of this volume is to present papers applying

    recent insights from the organization of technology to the

    interpretation of stone artefact assemblages from a range

    of archaeological contexts. Specific attention is paid to

    the techniques by which people acquired and maintained

    cutting edge technology, and the situational variables

    which encouraged them to employ those techniques. The

    unique strength of this collection is that while the studies

    are unified by a common goal of understanding

    prehistoric human behaviour through the organisation of

    stone artefact technology, they span a substantial

    geographical and chronological breadth. Given this

    strength, we hope that this collection of studies is one that

    can be drawn on for both generally for inspiration and

    more specifically for methods for the study of flaked

    stone assemblages from anywhere and anytime in

    prehistory. In this introductory chapter we highlight the

    common themes that unite the collection and summarise

    the key contributions of each chapter.

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Marwick, B. & Mackay, A. (2011). Keeping your edge: recent approaches to the organisation of stone artefact technology. In B. Marwick & A. Mackay (Eds.), Keeping your Edge: Recent Approaches to the Organisation of Stone Artefact Technology (pp. 1-4). Oxford, United Kingdom: Archaeopress.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9781407308470

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2786&context=smhpapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/1768

Book Title


  • Keeping your Edge: Recent Approaches to the Organisation of Stone Artefact Technology

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 4

Place Of Publication


  • Oxford, United Kingdom