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Title: Know-how, or how knapping experience can affect a prehistoric lithic workshop
Authors: Zorrilla-Revilla, Guillermo
Vidal-Cordasco, Marco
Prado-Nóvoa, Olalla
Terradillos Bernal, Marcos
Keywords: Knapper;Experience;Flake;Spatial;Dispersion
Issue Date: Jul-2021
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Citation: Lithic Technology, 2021, 46 (3), 221-235
Abstract: In situ archaeological assemblages are scarce. Most artefacts are affected by post-depositional processes, which complicate the identification of human factors involved in the formation of lithic workshops, such as hand laterality, knapping positions, and knapping expertise. In this regard, experimental archaeology can reproduce past processes to test present hypotheses. In this study, experimental knapping processes were carried out to examine how techniques and methods learned by experience can affect waste flake assemblages. Our results show that, in addition to knapping position, experience affects both flake measurements and spatial distribution. The techniques applied, the knappers’ skill and the control of the application of force all affect spatial flake distribution. However, flakes do not exhibit any preferential orientation, contrary to those affected by some post-depositional factors. The experimental design and results could contribute to the ability to discern Palaeolithic in situ assemblages as well as some human factors that affect their formations.
ISSN: 0197-7261
DOI: 10.1080/01977261.2021.1911207
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Type: Article
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