Lithic Technology

Stone tools are arguable one of the most durable types of objects found in archaeological sites. They were also one of the first types of tools used by our hominid ancestors. As a result, stone tools are often one of the most important sources of evidence for the earliest stages of human development.

In the more recent archaeological record, stone tools are no less important as they were used in almost every facet of human society. Whether the hollow based concave projectile points of the Egyptian Predynastic, the Mayan chipped stone eccentrics, or the Acheulean hand axe, stone tools represent an incredibly wide range of human activity.

Even today, in an age of silicon chips, human made robots landing on mars, and the Internet, there are some groups around the globe that still rely on stone tools in their day to day activities.

As a result, archaeologists spend a great deal of time classifying stone tools, exploring how stone tools were made, and how stone tools were used.

 

Introduction to Lithics
Don't know the difference between between percussion flaking and a biface? Explore the basics of lithic technology here.
Technology
Explore how archaeologist study the prehistoric production of stone tools.
Function
Explore how stone tools were used prehistorically.
Classification
To make their work easier, Archaeologists study stone tools by classifying them into "types." Why?
Interactive Activities
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