Stuck like glue: Case studies in assessing the variability of hafting adhesives during the southern African Later Stone Age
Author(s): Margaret-Ashley Veall
Variations in design and function of any tool represent adaptive strategies employed by humans to exist within a landscape. With the increased application of both chemical analysis and microscopy to archaeological material, the identification of hafting adhesives, the glue of composite tools, provides a means by which we may evaluate how members of our species existed within dynamic environments and exploited its resources. In southern Africa, the well-preserved assemblages of the Later Stone Age (LSA), though considerably neglected in recent decades, presents a unique opportunity to evaluate raw material procurement strategies related to tool manufacture from an organic perspective. This poster presents the findings of several case studies that are the foundation of a doctoral project utilizing microscopy and molecular analysis in tandem to identify the adhesive composition of hafted technologies from stratified LSA sites located in a variety of geographies and ecologies. This research will attempt to broaden our understanding of the relationship between adhesives, stone tool manufacturing, and the ecology of a surrounding region. The overall aim of this work is to contribute to the long-standing narrative on the appearance and continued application of hafting adhesives in the manufacture of composite tool technologies in southern Africa.
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Stuck like glue: Case studies in assessing the variability of hafting adhesives during the southern African Later Stone Age. Margaret-Ashley Veall. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 405333)
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