Lithic Materials and Paleolithic Societies / Edition 1 available in Hardcover
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Lithic Materials and Paleolithic Societies provides adetailed examination of the Paleolithic procurement and utilizationof the most durable material in the worldwide archaeologicalrecord. The volume addresses sites ranging in age from some of theearliest hominin occupations in eastern and southern Africa to latePleistocene and post-Pleistocene occupations in North American andAustralia. The Early Paleolithic in India and the Near East, theMiddle Paleolithic in Europe, and the Late Paleolithic in Europeand eastern Asia are also considered.
The authors include established researchers who provideimportant synthetic statements updated with new information. Recentdata are reported, often by younger scholars who are becomingrespected members of the international research community. Theauthors represent research traditions from nine countries andtherefore provide insight into the scholarly present as well as thePaleolithic past. Attempts are frequently made to relate lithicprocurement and utilization to the organization of societies andeven broader concerns of hominin behaviour. The volume re-evaluatesexisting interpretations in some instances by updatingprevious work of the authors and offers provocative newinterpretations that at times call into question some basicassumptions of the Paleolithic.
This book will be invaluable reading for advanced students andresearchers in the fields of palaeolithic archaeology,geoarchaeology, and anthropology.
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About the Author
Brooke Blades has conducted archaeological research andexcavations for more than three decades in various temporal andgeographic contexts in eastern North America and in western Europe.He held a Fulbright-Hayes Fellowship to conduct archaeologicalresearch in Northern Ireland in 1979-80. His research in westernEurope has been generously supported by the American PhilosophicalSociety, International Relations and Exchanges Board (IREX), theNational Science Foundation, and New York University.
Brian Adams is currently Assistant Director of the PublicService Archaeology & Architecture Program in the AnthropologyDepartment of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Hisresearch interests include lithic analysis, microwear analysis oflithic artifacts, hunter-gatherer adaptations, and the Middle toUpper Palaeolithic transition in Europe. He has conducted researchat Palaeolithic sites in Central Europe and Egypt, as well asprehistoric and early historic sites in the Midwest USA.
Table of Contents
Part I: Regional Landscape Perspectives.
1. Raw materials and techno-economic behaviors at Oldowan andAcheulean sites in the West Turkana region, Kenya (SoniaHarmand).
2. Patterns of lithic material procurement and transformationduring the Middle Paleolithic in western Europe (Liliane Meignen,Anne Delagnes, and Laurence Bourguignon).
3. Revisiting European Upper Paleolithic raw material transfers:the demise of the cultural ecological paradigm? (JehanneFéblot-Augustins).
4. Raw materials for chipped stone artifacts: state of the artin the Carpathian Basin of central Europe (Kati Biró).
5. Upper Paleolithic toolstone procurement and selection acrossBeringia (Kelly Graf and Ted Goebel).
6. Reduction, recycling, and raw material procurement in westernArnhem Land, Australia (Peter Hiscock).
Part II: Technological and Assemblage Variability.
7. Paleolithic exploitation of rounded and sub-angularquartzites in the Indian Subcontinent (Parth Chauhan).
8. Filling the void: lithic raw material utilization during theHungarian Gravettian (Viola Dobosi).
9. Technological efficiency as adaptive behavior amongPaleolithic hunter-gatherers: evidence from la-Côte, CaminadeEst, and le Flageolet I, France (Stephen Cole).
10. Trash: the structure of Great Basin Paleoarchaic debitageassemblages in western North America (Rebecca Kessler, CharlotteBeck, and George Jones).
Part III: Micro-landscape Perspectives.
11. Reconstructing landscape use and mobility in the NamibianEarly Stone Age using operations analysis (Grant McCall).
12. Changing the face of the earth: human behavior at Sede Ilan,an extensive Lower-Middle Paleolithic quarry site in Israel (RanBarkai and Avi Gopher).
13. Aurignacian core reduction and landscape utilization in thevicinity of la Ferrassie, France (Brooke Blades).
14. Obłazowa and Hłomcza: two Paleolithic sites in theNorth Carpartians Province of southern Poland (PawelValde-Nowak).
15. Raw material economy and technological organization atSolvieux, France (Linda Grimm and Todd Koetje).
Part IV: Hominid Cognition, Adaptation, and CulturalChronology.
16. Inferring aspects of Acheulean sociality and cognition frombiface technology in the Hunsgi-Baichbal valley of India (CeriShipton, Michael Petraglia, and K. Paddayya).
17. Quina procurement and tool production (Peter Hiscock, AlainTurq, Jean-Philippe Faivre, and Laurence Bouguignon).
18. The impact of lithic raw material quality andpost-depositional processes on cultural/chronologicalclassification: the Hungarian Szeletian case (Brian Adams).
19. Raw material durability, function, and retouch in the UpperPaleolithic of the Transbaikal region (Karisa Terry, WilliamAndrefsky, and Mikhail Konstantinov).
20. Clovis and Dalton: unbounded and bounded systems in theMidcontinent of North America (Brad Koldehoff and ThomasLoebel).