Flintknapping Experiments and Middle-Range Theory

Author(s): Andrew Bradbury; Philip Carr

Year: 2018


The manufacture of stone tools in the present and careful recording of resulting flake debris over the past thirty years typified middle range theory building and allowed new insights into past human behavior, especially regarding mobility systems. Walter Klippel, best known for contributions to zooarchaeology, encouraged our going down a rocky path of middle-range theory building. Flintknapping experimentation has generated a great deal of individual data sets but the promise of "big data" achieved in many other fields has not been reached by lithic analysts. Here, we examine various flintknapping data sets and the possibility of a flake debris meta-analysis.

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Flintknapping Experiments and Middle-Range Theory. Andrew Bradbury, Philip Carr. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 443710)

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min long: -168.574; min lat: 7.014 ; max long: -54.844; max lat: 74.683 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 22019