Motion Analysis for Stone-Knapping of the Skilled Levallois Technique

Part of the Replacement of Neanderthals by Modern Humans Series book series (RNMH)


Motion analysis is an important factor verifying skill learning. The subject has special skills for manufacturing stone-tools based on the Recurrent Levallois technique. The motion data was collected for the kinematic analysis. In January 2011, we acquired the 3D motion data by using the motion capture system. Taken data are the knapping motion data about stone flakes. The motion capture system is able to capture 3D motion data of the subject’s motion and hammer stone movement with high resolution. That data includes any knap styles, which are the peeling stone operation, adjusting operation stone surface. Based on interview comments, we analyzed the detailed motion data and the fabrication characteristics of Levallois flake production. The knapping technique with Recurrent Levallois is also a kind of valuable archaeological materials. This paper reports the results of the knapping motion analysis of making stone tools and discuss of the Recurrent Levallois technique.


3D motion Recurrent Levallois technique Skill learning 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Engineering Course of Graduate SchoolKochi University of TechnologyKochiJapan
  2. 2.Kochi University of TechnologyKochiJapan
  3. 3.Department of Information and Communication Engineering, Faculty of EngineeringTohoku Institute of TechnologySendaiJapan
  4. 4.Graduate School of Environmental StudiesNagoya UniversityNagoyaJapan
  5. 5.Department of Historic HeritageTohoku University of Art and DesignYamagataJapan

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