Archaeology Tutorial Notes – 10/22/12
Lithics – Stone Tools
be able to identify diagnostic features on lithic debitage
understand the importance of lithic analysis
examine some of the oldest tool types in the world
flint knapping- the skill of making stone tools
types- projectiles, drills, scrapers, gougers, blades, microblades, wedges,
adzes, axes, etc.
related functions- hunting, butchering, processing, plants, wood working,
hide preparation, sewing
High degree of craftsmanship:
you must have the correct materials (not just any rock), such as cherts,
obsidian, quartzites, etc.
you must have knowledge of fracture mechanics