Use-wear Analysis on Quartzite Artifacts Using Replication Studies and A Comprehensive Application of High and Low Power Methods
In this paper, I report on the use-wear analysis of quartzite artifacts. This is one of the first systematic examinations in China for raw materials other than chert and obsidian. The experiments demonstrated that different use-wear patterns were observed on the different raw materials when the contact materials, use-motion and experimenters were the same. So our research supports the idea that there is no single solution for use-wear analysis. The different characteristics of use-wear patterns determined by experimentation between chert and quartzite contribute to a better understanding and interpretation of the function of stone artifacts especially in the earlier Paleolithic sites in China.
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Use-wear Analysis on Quartzite Artifacts Using Replication Studies and A Comprehensive Application of High and Low Power Methods. Yanhua Song, Xiaoling Zhang, Chen Shen. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 397043)
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