Flintknapping: Making and Understanding Stone Tools [NOOK Book]

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Flintknapping is an ancient craft enjoying a resurgence of interest among both amateur and professional students of prehistoric cultures. In this new guide, John C. Whittaker offers the most detailed handbook on flintknapping currently available and the only one written from the archaeological perspective of interpreting stone tools as well as making them. Flintknapping contains detailed, practical information on making stone tools. Whittaker starts at the beginner level and progresses to discussion of a wide ...
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Flintknapping: Making and Understanding Stone Tools

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Overview

Flintknapping is an ancient craft enjoying a resurgence of interest among both amateur and professional students of prehistoric cultures. In this new guide, John C. Whittaker offers the most detailed handbook on flintknapping currently available and the only one written from the archaeological perspective of interpreting stone tools as well as making them. Flintknapping contains detailed, practical information on making stone tools. Whittaker starts at the beginner level and progresses to discussion of a wide range of techniques. He includes information on necessary tools and materials, as well as step-by-step instructions for making several basic stone tool types. Numerous diagrams allow the reader to visualize the flintknapping process, and drawings of many stone tools illustrate the discussions and serve as models for beginning knappers. Written for a wide amateur and professional audience, Flintknapping will be essential for practicing knappers as well as for teachers of the history of technology, experimental archaeology, and stone tool analysis.
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Plains Anthropologist
A mid-range user’s guide to flintknapping is long overdue. There have been some admirable attempts to produce such a volume, but these have been targeted at specific, fairly narrow audiences. Not so with Flintknapping. . . . [Whittaker’s] clear aim is to reach professional archaeologists as well as hobbyists. I believe he achieves this goal with incredible skill and humor. . . . I highly recommend this book to everyone interested in flintknapping.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292792555
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 27 MB
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Meet the Author

John C. Whittaker is an assistant professor of anthropology at Grinnell College.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 Introduction 1
Using This Book 2
Learning to Knap 2
2 Flintknapping: Basic Principles 11
Flintknapping 11
Conchoidal Fracture 12
Properties of Material 12
Flakes and Cores 14
3 A Brief History of Flintknapping 23
Prehistory of Stone Tools 23
Recent "Stone-Age" People 50
Modern Knapping 54
Further Readings 61
Other Resources: Finding Other Knappers 62
4 Raw Materials 65
Stone Quality 65
Stone Materials 67
Heat-Treating 72
Collecting Material: Ethical and Practical Considerations 74
5 Safety 79
Proper Technique 80
Eyes 81
Hands 82
Other Body Parts 82
Lungs 82
Waste Disposal 83
Benefits 83
6 Hard-Hammer Percussion 85
Material and Equipment 85
Percussion-Flaking Principles: An Experiment 87
Percussion Flaking 91
Platforms 98
The Face of the Core 105
Terminations 106
Curvature 113
Starting a Core 113
Summary: Nine Essentials 116
7 Pressure Flaking 127
Tools 128
Raw Material 131
First Principles 132
Working Position 134
Beginning 135
Platform Preparation 140
Thinning 147
Notching 148
Other Pressure-Flaking Techniques 150
Summary: Six Essentials 152
Application: Small Triangular Points from the Southwest 152
Pressure-Flaking Problems 161
Patterned Pressure Flaking 166
8 Soft-Hammer Percussion and Bifaces 177
Definitions 178
Tools 180
Beginning 183
Soft-Hammer Principles and Results 185
Biface Thinning Flakes 185
Fracture Theories 188
The Blow 191
Platforms 194
Biface Stages 199
Knapping Strategy and Other Considerations 206
Example: A Basic Biface 207
Biface Problems: Prehistoric Mistakes 212
9 Blades and Fluting 219
Blades 219
Platforms 223
Holding 225
Punches 226
The Blow 228
Fluting 234
Example: Fluted Point 237
10 Using Stone Tools 243
Stone vs. Steel 243
Edges and Cutting 243
Making a Projectile Foreshaft 248
Going On 256
11 Archaeological Analysis of Stone Tools 259
Typology 260
Stone Tool Types and Change through Time 261
What People Did with Stones 268
Sources of Variation: Why Stone Tools Are Not All Alike 270
Analyzing Stone Tool Materials 271
Technology and What It Tells Us 274
Figuring Out Function 280
Questions of Style 289
Appendix: Resources for Knappers 301
References 305
Index 337
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