Prehension and Hafting Traces on Flint Tools
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Monograph - ebook
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List of plates
List of tables (CD-rom)
1.2 Importance for archaeological interpretation
2. Research Methodology
2.1 Research Strategy
2.2 Hafting Arrangements: terminology and classification
2.3 Hafting Materials
2.5 Method of Analysis
3. Prehension and Hafting Traces: dream or reality?
3.1 Are prehension and hafting traces formed?
3.2 At which stage are hafting traces formed?
3.3 Can hafting wear be distinguished from wear produced by external factors?
3.4 Can hafting wear be distinguished from use-wear?
3.5 Can hafting wear be distinguished from other prehensile wear?
3.6 Does hand-held use result in prehension wear with a recurrent pattern?
3.7 Does hafted use result in hafting wear with a recurrent pattern?
3.8 Are prehension and hafting traces interpretable?
3.9 Conclusion: are prehension and hafting traces a reality?
4. Prehension Traces - Dominant Variable: material worked
4.1 Schist working
4.2 Fire making
4.3 Hide working
5. Hafting Traces - Dominant Variables I: use motion and material worked
5.1 Influence of use motion on the formation process of hafting traces
5.2 Influence of the material worked on the formation process of hafting traces
6. Hafting Traces - Dominant Variables II: hafting material and hafting arrangement
6.1 Influence of haft material on the process of hafting trace formation
6.2 Influence of binding material on the formation process of hafting traces
6.3 Influence of hafting arrangement on the formation process of hafting traces
6.4 Influence of use of wrapping on the formation process of hafting traces
6.5 Influence of use of resin on the formation process of hafting traces
7. Hafting Traces - Secondary Variables
7.1 Raw material coarseness
7.2 Tool morphology
7.4 Use duration
7.5 Tool protrusion from the haft
8. Indirect Evidence of Hafting
8.1 Use-wear traces
9. Blind Test
9.2 Discussion: interpretative potential per method
10.1 Relevance of functional studies including hafting
10.2 Examining prehensile wear in practice
10.3 Traits important to include in any wear recording system
11. General Conclusions
ANNEX I: trace attributes
ANNEX II: general table of experiments
Format: Monograph - ebook
Publication: March 20, 2013
Veerle Rots is Postdoctoral Research Fellow of the Fund for Scientific Research - Flanders and an invited lecturer at the Prehistoric Archaeology Unit of KU Leuven.
The hardcover book is beautifully produced and I have no doubt that it will become a key reference (a must-have) for use-trace specialists interested in exploring composite technologies of Stone Age societies.
MARLIZE LOMBARD, Department of Anthropology and Development Studies, University of Johannesburg, South Africa, Antiquity, volume 85, issue 330, December 2011
Either way, Rots does develop a compelling argument about differentiation of the prehensile mode of stone tool replicas. This is directly applicable to prehistoric archaeology both as a method and as a manual. It is a much-needed addition to the literature of prehistoric stone tool function and engineering design.
Marvin Kay, University of Arkansas, Journal of Anthropological Research, vol. 67, 2011
En conclusion, cette monographie a une grande valeur scientifique, augmentée par la publication des résultats des blind tests : ceux-ci sont un moyen de vérification de la méthodologie d'analyse adoptée qui devrait être utilisé plus souvent par les tracéologues.
C. Lemorini, Dep. Scienze dell'Antichità , Université de Rome "Sapienza", Bulletin de la Sodiété préhistorique française, 2011, nr 3
In sum, this work is ground breaking-hafting and prehension traces are indeed interpretable. Rots' later work (Rots 2005, 2009, to name but a few), utilizing the methods outlined in this book, demonstrates the significant contributions that this methodology allows, when applied to archaeological assemblages. Rots' methodology is sound and will overcome skeptics. This book is an exceptional reference book for academics and will be of interest primarily to those wishing to pursue wear studies and to experimental practitioners. Any students wishing to not just discover how stone tool was used, but how to set up experiments regarding lithics are encouraged to pick up this text.
Reviewed by ROBBY COPSEY, Centre for the Archaeology of Human Origins, University of Southampton, PaleoAnthropology 2011: 197-198