Stone Tools

Theoretical Insights into Human Prehistory

  • George H. Odell

Part of the Interdisciplinary Contributions to Archaeology book series (IDCA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction

    1. George H. Odell
      Pages 1-6
  3. Research Design

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-8
    2. Brian Hayden, Nora Franco, Jim Spafford
      Pages 9-45
  4. Curation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 47-49
    2. Stephen E. Nash
      Pages 81-99
  5. Stone Tools and Complex Societies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-127
    2. Steven A. Rosen
      Pages 129-158
  6. Innovation and Style in Projectile Points

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 225-228
    2. Michael F. Rondeau
      Pages 229-243
    3. Michael J. Shott
      Pages 279-309
  7. Technique and Methodology

  8. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 375-375
    2. George H. Odell, Brian D. Hayden, Jay K. Johnson, Marvin Kay, Toby A. Morrow, Stephen E. Nash et al.
      Pages 377-392
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 393-404

About this book


Lithic analysts have been criticized for being atheoretical in their approach, or at least for not contributing to building archaeological theory. This volume redresses that balance. In Stone Tools, renowned lithic analysts employ explicitly theoretical constructs to explore the archaeological record and use the lithic database to establish its points. Chapters discuss curation, design theory, replacement of stone with metal, piece refitting, and projectile point style.


Maya Preceramic archaeological theory hunter-gatherer lithic economy paleolithic prehistory stone tools

Editors and affiliations

  • George H. Odell
    • 1
  1. 1.University of TulsaTulsaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1996
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4899-0175-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4899-0173-6
  • Series Print ISSN 1568-2722
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