An Experimental Approach to Understanding Paleoindian Bipolar Lithic Artifacts
Author(s): Elise Widmayer
Bipolar lithic artifacts can be challenging for researchers to understand in the archaeological record. Although these artifacts were first noted in North American literature half a century ago, archaeologists continue to debate over terminology and considerations of morphological and functional distinctions of bipolar objects. This experimental approach aims to shed light on these disparities whilst re-examining morphological and functional characteristics attributed to manufacture and use-wear. Recent experimental work with the Mockhorn Island Clovis assemblage, by the Smithsonian Institution Paleoindian/Paleoecology Program, served as a model for this study. This poster presents the results of manufacturing, feasibility, and use-wear experiments on quartzite beach pebbles split through bipolar reduction.
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An Experimental Approach to Understanding Paleoindian Bipolar Lithic Artifacts. Elise Widmayer. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 443133)
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