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  • 103 b/w illus. 36 tables
  • Page extent: 326 pages
  • Size: 247 x 174 mm
  • Weight: 0.52 kg
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 (ISBN-13: 9780521615006 | ISBN-10: 0521615003)

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This fully updated and revised edition of William Andrefsky Jr's ground-breaking manual on lithic analysis is designed for students and professional archaeologists. It explains the fundamental principles of the measurement, recording and analysis of stone tools and stone tool production debris. Introducing the reader to lithic raw materials, classification, terminology and key concepts, the volume comprehensively explores methods and techniques, presenting detailed case studies of lithic analysis from around the world. It also examines new emerging techniques and includes a new section on stone tool functional studies.


1. A brief introduction to lithic analysis; 2. Basics of stone tool production; 3. Lithic raw materials; 4. Getting started in lithic analysis: identification and classification; 5. Flake debitage attributes; 6. Approaches to debitage analysis; 7. Approaches to stone tool analysis; 8. Artifact diversity and site function; 9. Lithic analysis and prehistoric sedentism; 10. Concluding remarks.


"Lithics remains an admirable and illuminating introduction to chipped-stone analysis and archaeologists who work with, or would like to work with, stone tools should be familiar with the concepts raised in this book."
Brian Pritchard, University of Ontario, Canadian Journal of Archeology

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