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Cutmark Orientation and the Identification of Skill in Experimental and Middle Paleolithic Contexts

Author(s): Charles P. Egeland ; Christopher Nicholson ; Kevin Covell ; Robert Sanderford ; Kristen Welch

Year: 2017

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The process of skill accumulation can reveal a great deal about learning, cultural transmission, and the value ascribed by societies to particular tasks or behaviors. Such information is of great interest to Paleolithic archaeologists who are charged with reconstructing these behaviors over vast expanses of space and time. Zooarchaeological remains, and the butchery marks that appear on them, are a potentially rich source of information on skill. Here, we present experimental data on cutmark orientations produced by novice, skilled, and expert butchers with a variety of lithic raw materials and tool types. The results of these experiments are applied to a sample of ancient faunal assemblages in an attempt to track skill level in the Middle Paleolithic.


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Cutmark Orientation and the Identification of Skill in Experimental and Middle Paleolithic Contexts. Charles P. Egeland, Christopher Nicholson, Kevin Covell, Robert Sanderford, Kristen Welch. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429479)


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Europe


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min long: -11.074; min lat: 37.44 ; max long: 50.098; max lat: 70.845 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 13279

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