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Scandinavian Flint: An Archaeological Perspective
     

Scandinavian Flint: An Archaeological Perspective

by Anders Hogberg, Deborah S. Olausson
 

In Scandinavia as elsewhere, cryptocrystalline rocks such as flint were an integral part of peoples' lives during prehistory. Knowledge about flint, its properties, its uses, and its many names, was no doubt transmitted through the generations as part of everyday life. This book - written from an archaeological standpoint - is interested in how prehistoric people

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In Scandinavia as elsewhere, cryptocrystalline rocks such as flint were an integral part of peoples' lives during prehistory. Knowledge about flint, its properties, its uses, and its many names, was no doubt transmitted through the generations as part of everyday life. This book - written from an archaeological standpoint - is interested in how prehistoric people dealt with flint and what they might have seen as the strengths and weaknesses of the various kinds of flint available. Scandinavian Flint proposes a classification into 17 types for use by archaeologists. Flint types are described and evaluated in terms of knappability, limitations posed by nodule size, and prehistoric availability, rather than in terms of morphogenesis or chemical composition. Flint formation, geographic distribution of flint sources in Scandinavia, provenance studies, and patination are discussed in detail.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9788779342781
Publisher:
Aarhus University Press
Publication date:
12/01/2007
Pages:
158
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.50(d)

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