ATH 300-01

Lithics

  • stone implements from toolkit imperishable
    • all stone tools ever made still exist in some form
  • organic tools generally don’t survive
  • generate lots of debitage
  • chert
    • breaks predictably
    • rare but widespread
  • flint
  • obsidian
  • manufacture methods
    • direct percussion
    • indirect percussion
    • pressure flaking
  • flake tool v. core tool
  • projectile pts
  • blades
    • 2xlength x 1x width
    • platform visible?
  • microliths
  • burins/graver
  • retouching
    • unifacial
    • bifacial
  • cortex (original outer surface of stone)
  • geofact: looks like artifact but is natural geological formation

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