Lithic Technology in the Middle Potomac River Valley of Maryland and Virginia

Overview

The archaeological focus on a single geographical area offers an opportunity to present projectile point typology as a microtechnology even though some of the types have widespread distributions. The area of the Middle Potomac River Valley presents a physical artefact collection for a view of prehistory.
This volume, which includes several hundred images of the investigation, artefacts and archaeological research compiled and recorded from over...

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Overview

The archaeological focus on a single geographical area offers an opportunity to present projectile point typology as a microtechnology even though some of the types have widespread distributions. The area of the Middle Potomac River Valley presents a physical artefact collection for a view of prehistory.
This volume, which includes several hundred images of the investigation, artefacts and archaeological research compiled and recorded from over 30 years of work in the area, includes:
-an overview of the Middle Potomac River Valley archaeology including the peoples and sites;
-new data and interpretations for the lithic technology of the area; and
-classification and typology of artefacts including the usage of projectile point, axe, celt, drill, and knife implements.
This work will be of great interest to prehistory archaeologists, especially those working in the Middle Atlantic region of the United States.

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"From projectile points to grinders, Mr. Hranicky has produced a systematic, highly detailed, intensely illustrated, and apparently exhaustive handbook on the stone tools in his district."
(Antiquity, 76 (2002)
Booknews
Focusing on the lithic technology of the Middle Potomac River Valley, entries on specific finds describe what is known about various private artifact collections and artifacts housed in local repositories. Entries are supplemented with the authors' experience working in the region and his new ideas on the interpretation of the lithic technology. B&w photos of artifacts, field workers and methods, and reconstructed sites are included. Hranicky is director of the Virginia Rockart Survey and the McCary Fluted Point Survey. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781461351597
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 12/31/2012
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 8.27 (w) x 11.02 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction. MPRV Environment. Prehistoric MPRV Chronology. Toolmaking Technology. Projectile Point Typology. Projectile Points. MPRV Flakes and Tools. Bifaces as Knives. Artifact Caches. Miscellaneous Tools/Implements. Experimental Archaeology. References. Index.

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