Encountering Prehistoric Behavior
The foregoing chapters have laid the groundwork for most forms of lithic analysis practiced today, either by discussing concepts and analytical options or by introducing literature that can be accessed to provide more detailed coverage than is appropriate in a manual like this. Questions that have been addressed so far concern how to conduct specific analyses, which techniques are most effective, and whether or not certain indicators are reliable; in other words, procedural issues. But no matter how important the acquisition of methodological proficiency is, the ultimate goal of archaeology should involve the acquisition of knowledge about prehistoric lifeways and cultural processes. Accepting that methodological refinement is a lifelong endeavor, once a researcher is familiar with the range of technical options available for appropriate archaeological questions, it is time to apply these techniques to issues of human behavior.
KeywordsStone Tool Tool Type Lithic Assemblage Projectile Point Craft Specialization
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