Prehistoric Quarries and Lithic Production

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 26, 1984 - History - 149 pages
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This book was originally published in 1984. For over a million years rocks provided human beings with the essential raw materials for the production of tools. Nevertheless we still know very little about the behaviour and processes that resulted in the creation of archaeological sites at or near lithic quarries. In the past archaeologists have placed much emphasis on the process of 'exchange' in their analysis of prehistoric economies while largely ignoring the sources of the exchanged objects. However, with the development of interest in the means of production, these sites have begun to take on a new significance. Prehistoric Quarries and Lithic Production is the first systematic study of archaeological sites that served as quarries for stone tools. Its theoretical and methodological importance will extend its appeal beyond those archaeologists concerned with lithic technology and prehistoric exchange systems to archaeologists and anthropologists in general and to geographers and geologists.
 

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Contents

Procurement production and exchange
11
examples
23
The 63kilometer
35
Monopoly or direct access? Industrial organization
49
Lithic material demand and quarry production
65
a case
77
Preliminary report on the obsidian mines at Pico
83
Statecontrolled procurement and the obsidian
97
Technology and techniques
107
technological and chronological
119
Characterization of selected soapstone sources
129
the context of manufac
139
Jerome Kimberlin Chevron Research Richmond California
148
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Page 145 - Excavations at Four Archaic Sites in the Lower Ohio Valley, Jefferson County, Kentucky, vols. I and II. Lexington: Department of Anthropology, University of Kentucky Occasional Papers in Anthropology, no. 1. Collins, Michael B., and Boyce N. Driskell (1979). "Summary and Conclusions.

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