Flint Knapping: A Guide to Making Your Own Stone Age Tool Kit

Flint Knapping: A Guide to Making Your Own Stone Age Tool Kit

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by Robert Turner
     
 

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Flint knapping, which is the shaping of flint or other fracturing stone to manufacture tools, was one of the primary skills used for survival by our prehistoric ancestors. Early mankind once made and used these implements on a daily basis to hunt, prepare food and clothing, to farm, make shelters, and perform all the other tasks required for Stone Age existence. A

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Flint knapping, which is the shaping of flint or other fracturing stone to manufacture tools, was one of the primary skills used for survival by our prehistoric ancestors. Early mankind once made and used these implements on a daily basis to hunt, prepare food and clothing, to farm, make shelters, and perform all the other tasks required for Stone Age existence. A material that has been with us since earliest times, flint still plays a part in our lives today: it is used in cigarette, gas and barbeque lighters; in some parts of Britain it is a major building material; and many of our beaches have shingle which is just flint by another name. In this informative and original guide, expert Robert Turner explains how flint was used, what tools were made and what they were made for, and provides detailed instruction of how to make them, enabling the reader to replicate their own Stone Age toolkit. Illustrated throughout, Flint Knapping is a journey of archaeological discovery through the Palaeolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithic and Bronze Ages.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
10/15/2013
Flint knapping is the process of shaping stone by hand into an edged tool, such as an Indian arrowhead or a flint blade. Turner, flint knapping expert and instructor at Sussex University in England, introduces the creation and history of these prehistoric tools. This British import shows some general knapping techniques, but the black-and-white line drawings are small and pixelated. The organization is not linear and meanders between history and instruction. While there is a small gallery of color photos, there are none where it really matters, particularly for stone and material identification. VERDICT There are no step-by-step or detailed illustrations to assist the beginner, and the focus on history crowds out instruction. Sadly, Turner's book does not live up to its promise. For a better selection, try Monte Burch's Making Native American Hunting, Fighting, and Survival Tools.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780752492810
Publisher:
The History Press
Publication date:
06/03/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
168
Sales rank:
757,503
File size:
6 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Robert Turner teaches flint knapping at museums and universities. He works for a number of archaeological societies.

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