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Use Wear and Breakage Patterns on Cow and Elephant Limb Bone Produced from Anvil Contact During Breakage Experiments

Author(s): Steven Holen ; Kathleen Holen

Year: 2017

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Patterns of use wear and distinctive breakage are caused when a bone is broken on an anvil surface.The use wear on cortical bone surfaces consists of high polish and linear striations. Breakage patterns can include negative cones of percussion, cone flakes, rebound flakes removed from the cortical surface and V-shaped or U-shaped projections. In sites where there is only evidence of bone processing, these features, and other distinctive breakage patterns, can help identify human activities in the absence of chipped stone tools.


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Use Wear and Breakage Patterns on Cow and Elephant Limb Bone Produced from Anvil Contact During Breakage Experiments. Steven Holen, Kathleen Holen. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429006)


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Abstract Id(s): 14819

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