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The gesture substratum of stone tool making: an experimental approach

Author(s): Marina Mosquera ; Josep M Vergès ; Núria Geribàs Armengol

Year: 2010

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In this paper, we present an experiment to evaluate the gestures that preceded stone knapping. The goal of the present research was to shed light into the emergence of stone tools. We compared the knapping performed by expert and novice knappers. From this comparison, we hypothesized about the role non-human primate-like technological behaviours, such as nut-cracking, play on the dawn of lithic technology. Our results point to some continuity between these activities and stone knapping.

Consequently, they highlight the urgency of researches and experiments especially designed to evaluate the magnitude of this connexion.

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The gesture substratum of stone tool making: an experimental approach. Marina Mosquera, Josep M Vergès, Núria Geribàs Armengol. Annali dell’Università di Ferrara, Museologia Scientifica e Naturalistica. 6: 155-162. 2010 ( tDAR id: 423976)


knapping Sociology stone

Temporal Keywords
Mesolithic Palaeolithic

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Contact(s): EXARC Experimental Archaeology Collection Manager

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ExArc Id(s): 11954


Rights & Attribution: The information in this record was originally compiled by Dr. Roeland Paardekooper, EXARC Director.

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America