A Manual for Neanderthals

A Manual for Neanderthals

by H. Mewhinney


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The story of humanity’s earliest days on earth has come down to us chiefly in the tools and weapons early hominids shaped from flint. With these tools, they gained ascendancy over less dexterous beasts and began the slow conquest of their environment. Other records, including their very bones, have largely rotted away, but their tools of flint endure. H. Mewhinney presents A Manual for Neanderthals as “a common-sense, down-to-earth study of how flint tools and weapons were made—or for that matter, can still be made by any descendant of Stone Age man.” The author first sets the scene with a delightful and informative disquisition on flintflaking and flint-flakers, and then explains clearly and concisely how he and earlier Neanderthals have made flint artifacts, illustrating each step with drawings and photographs. Archeologists and anthropologists will discover in this book a modest but genuine contribution to their fields, while collectors of Indian relics and people who like to tinker with tools and master unusual skills will find it a surprisingly practical guide to an interesting and ancient art. With patience, and with A Manual for Neanderthals at your side, you too can learn to flake flint.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780292741423
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 01/01/1970
Pages: 134
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

H. Mewhinney (1904–1973) was a newspaper reporter and columnist who wrote the column “Meeting All Comers” for the Houston Post for many years.

Table of Contents

ForewordI. Speech, Fire, and FlintII. A Synopsis of the Stone AgeIII. The Nature of FlintIV. Percussion Flaking: Blade and CoreV. Pressure FlakingVI. The Hammer and the ChiselVII. Fire and Wet StrawVIII. A Reconsideration of BladesIX. Barbing and NotchingX. Hammerstone and Cutting EdgeXI. The Absent-minded BevelerXII. Clovis and Folsom CraftsmanshipXIII. The Legend of IshiXIV. Of Craftsmanship and HomicideXV. Some Beautiful HypothesesXVI. A Few Thoughts on FakesXVII. Remembering Boucher de PerthesReading ListIndex

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