Anthropology | LITHIC ANALYSIS IN 21ST CENTURY ARCHAEOLOGY
P600 | 9449 | Sievert


Lithic analysis has long been used to address topics such as mobility,
technology, control over resources, activity patterning, and lately,
religion. This seminar addresses the role of lithic analysis in modern
archaeology and takes an in-depth look at the theoretical approaches used
by archaeologists to understand stone tool production, consumption and
exchange. We will discuss changes in approaches to stone tools throughout
the processual and post-processual periods in archaeology, and work toward
a synthesis of lithic analysis for use in the future, one that takes into
account both hunter/gatherer and agricultural contexts. Students will gain
some ideas on how to turn stone tools into usable information about past
behavior.

Format-Readings and discussion with some demonstration and manipulation of
lithic artifacts. Evaluation-Students will pose archaeological questions
for lithic materials and design research programs to answer these
questions. Anthro P385 or familiarity with flintknapping or stone tool
characteristics recommended.