African Archaeological Review

, Volume 17, Issue 2, pp 49–63 | Cite as

Aksumite Lithic Industries

  • Laurel Phillipson


A preliminary account is given of a previously unrecorded, abundant, and varied classical and late Aksumite use, in a sophisticated urban context, of carefully made stone scrapers and backed microliths with close affinities to their local Late Stone Age precursors. Examination of microscar patterns on these artifacts has provided an additional source of new information about Aksumite technical, economic, and social practices.

Un rapport préliminaire de l'usage, en Axoum pendant les périodes classique et dernier, d'un grand nombre des grattoirs et des microlithes à bord abattu, biens fabriqués et des formes divers. Ces outils lithiques, qui viennent d'un contexte urbain, ont les affinités nombreuses avec les outils de l'âge de la pierre récent dans cette localité. Une étude microscopique des traces d'emploi des outils a donné une nouvelle source d'information sur les pratiques technologique, economique et social d'Axoum.

Aksum Ethiopia lithics scrapers Gudit scrapers steep convex scrapers 


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  • Laurel Phillipson
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  1. 1.CambsUK

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