Multidisciplinary Approaches to the Study of Stone Age Weaponry

  • Radu Iovita
  • Katsuhiro Sano

Part of the Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology book series (VERT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Recognizing Weapons: Experimental Approaches

  3. Recognizing Weapons: Archaeological Applications

  4. Measures of Weapon Performance

  5. Weapons as Curated Technologies

  6. Weapons as Cultural and Cognitive Markers

  7. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 287-287
    2. Radu Iovita, Katsuhiro Sano
      Pages 289-297
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 299-303

About this book


The objective of this volume is to showcase the contemporary state of research on recognizing and evaluating the performance of stone age weapons from a variety of viewpoints, including investigating their cognitive and evolutionary significance. 

New archaeological finds and experimental studies  have helped to bring this subject back to the forefront of human origins research. In the last few years, investigations have expanded beyond  examining the tools themselves to include studies of damage caused by projectile weapons on animal and hominin bones and skeletal asymmetries in ancient hominin populations. Only recently has there been a growing interest in controlled and replicative experiments. Through this book readers will be updated in the state of knowledge through a multidisciplinary scientific reconstruction of prehistoric weapon use and its implications.

Contributions from expert authors are organized into three themed parts: recognizing weapon use (experimental and archaeological studies of impact traces), performance of weapon systems (factors influencing penetration depth etc.), and behavioral and evolutionary ramifications (cognitive and ecological effects of using different weapons).


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Editors and affiliations

  • Radu Iovita
    • 1
  • Katsuhiro Sano
    • 2
  1. 1.Museum for Human Behavioural Evolution,MONREPOS Archaeological Research CentreNeuwiedGermany
  2. 2.University MuseumUniversity of TokyoTokyoJapan

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-94-017-7601-1
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-7602-8
  • Series Print ISSN 1877-9077
  • Series Online ISSN 1877-9085
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