Synopses & Reviews
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.
"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
The first comprehensive manual on stone artifact analysis, for students and professional archaeologists.
The new edition details key advances in the field related to lithic debitage analysis and lithic tool analysis since publication of the first edition in 1998. It includes new sections on stone tool functional studies, microdebitage analysis and minimal analytical nodule analysis.
Completely updated and revised edition on the groundbreaking manual on stone artifact analysis, Lithics.
About the Author
William Andrefsky, Jr is Professor of Anthropology at Washington State University. He is the author of Lithics (First Edition, 1998) (0521570840 HB; 0521578159 PB) and Lithic Debitage (University of Utah Press, 2003) and numerous articles on archaeology and anthropology.
Table of Contents
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.