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Exploring the Ineffable Aspects of Stone Tools

Author(s): Melody Pope

Year: 2017

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Use-wear analysis provides precise functional attributes for materials and provides yet another source of data for archaeologists to use in classifying objects. People who used objects in the past knew them in other ways including what they did, when and how they were used, and by whom. In my presentation I propose that by combining use-wear, technological, and spatial evidence it is possible to approach more closely the complex correspondences that exist between materials and people. Insights gained in doing so raise questions as to the ineffable nature of materials, the archaeological practice of classifying things, and the complex relations that exist between people and things like sickle blades for harvesting plants, drills for making beads, and points for tipping arrows and lances.


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Exploring the Ineffable Aspects of Stone Tools. Melody Pope. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431447)


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