Primitive Technology: A Book of Earth Skills

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Gibbs Smith, 1999 - Nature - 248 pages
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8 3/16 X 10 7/8 In, 232 Pp, 100 Black & White Photographs, 150 Line Drawings Have You Ever Longed To Return To A Past Where Humanity's Greatest Concern Was Survival, When Our Hands Created Life's Necessities, When The Land's Raw Provisions Were The Materials With Which We Created Warmth, Shelter, Food, and Tools--A Time Before We Lost Our Bond With The Wilderness? Primitive Technology Helps Build A Bridge Between The Ancient Past and Our Modern Lives, Putting Us In Touch Again With Nature and Ourselves. This Volume--A Selection of Articles Within The Bulletin of Primitive Technology--Portrays The History, Philosophise, and Personal Journeys of Authorities On Primitive Technology, Imparting Skills That Built The Success of Mankind. From Views On Primitive Technology and "New" Archaeology To Making Fire and Tools of Bone, This Book Is Informative and Enlightening

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Page 1960 - He looked upon us as sophisticated children — smart, but not wise. We knew many things, and much that is false. He knew nature, which is always true. His were the qualities of character that last forever.
Page 1961 - ... the known surviving material relevant' to his field of study. And furthering lithic technology philosophy from Crabtree (1970): Prehistoric lithic technology is the science of systematic knowledge of forming stone into useful cutting, chopping, and other functional implements. But lithic technology comprises two factors - the method and the technique. The method is in the mind; the technique is in the hands. Method is the logical manner of systematic and orderly flaking process, or preconceived...

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David Wescott is author of Camping in the Old Style and editor of Primitive Technology: A Book of Earth Skills. Formerly education director for the Boulder Outdoor School, he has been a leading figure in wilderness education for more than thirty years. He lives with his wife in Rexburg, Idaho.

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