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Flintknapping : making and understanding stone tools
Whittaker, John C. 1953-
Adult Nonfiction GN799.T6W445 1994

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ContentsPage
Acknowledgments
1 - Introduction
Using This Book
Learning to Knap
2 - Flintknapping: Basic Principles
Flintknapping
Conchoidal Fracture
Properties of Material
Flakes and Cores
3 - A Brief History of Flintknapping
Prehistory of Stone Tools
Recent "Stone-Age" People
Modern Knapping
Further Readings
Other Resources: Finding Other Knappers
4 - Raw Materials
Stone Quality
Stone Materials
Heat-Treating
Collecting Material: Ethical and Practical Considerations
5 - Safety
Proper Technique
Eyes
Hands
Other Body Parts
Lungs
Waste Disposal
Benefits
6 - Hard-Hammer Percussion
Material and Equipment
Percussion-Flaking Principles: An Experiment
Percussion Flaking
Platforms
The Face of the Core
Terminations
Curvature
Starting a Core
Summary: Nine Essentials
Examples
7 - Pressure Flaking
Tools
Raw Material
First Principles
Working Position
Beginning
Platform Preparation
Thinning
Notching
Other Pressure-Flaking Techniques
Summary: Six Essentials
Application: Small Triangular Points from the Southwest
Pressure-Flaking Problems
Patterned Pressure Flaking
8 - Soft-Hammer Percussion and Bifaces
Definitions
Tools
Beginning
Soft-Hammer Principles and Results
Biface Thinning Flakes
Fracture Theories
The Blow Platforms
Biface Stages
Knapping Strategy and Other Considerations
Example: A Basic Biface
Biface Problems: Prehistoric Mistakes
Summary
9 - Blades and Fluting
Blades
Platforms
Holding
Punches
The Blow Fluting
Example: Fluted Point
10 - Using Stone Tools
Stone vs. Steel
Edges and Cutting
Making a Projectile Foreshaft
Going On
11 - Archaeological Analysis of Stone Tools
Typology
Stone Tool Types and Change through Time
What People Did with Stones
Sources of Variation: Why Stone Tools Are Not All Alike
Analyzing Stone Tool Materials
Technology and What It Tells Us
Figuring Out Function
Questions of Style
Conclusions
Appendix - Resources for Knappers
References
Index


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