The Wear and Tear of Flint

Principles of Functional Analysis applied to Dutch Neolithic Assemblages

Annelou van Gijn | 1989

The Wear and Tear of Flint

Principles of Functional Analysis applied to Dutch Neolithic Assemblages

Annelou van Gijn | 1989

ISBN: 9789073368026

Imprint: Distributed Title - Published by the Modderman Stichting / Faculty of Archaeology - Leiden University | Format: 210x265mm | 182 pp. | Analecta Praehistorica Leidensia 22 | Series: Analecta | Language: English | Keywords: archaeology, prehistory, neolithic, lithic research, usewear analysis | download cover

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The primary objective of this project was to assess the possibilities of microwear analysis for Dutch flint assemblages. Archaeological investigations included those pertaining to form and function (i.e. would it be possible to predict function on the basis of certain morphological characteristics?) and a study of the economic activities carried out at the various sites. Technical objectives encompassed research into the quantification of wear-traces and into the process of patination. Lastly, a reference collection of experimentally-used flint tools was to be started, with special emphasis on those dealing with the processing of fish. This latter material had been under emphasized in previous research-projects and was considered especially important in Dutch (coastal) contexts.

Prof. dr. Annelou van Gijn

Annelou van Gijn is professor of Archaeological Material Culture and Artefact Studies at Leiden University and studied anthropology and archaeology at Washington State University Pullman (US) and the University of Groningen. She obtained her PhD at Leiden University. Her teaching and research focus on prehistoric technology, ancient crafts, experimentation and the reconstruction of the cultural biography of objects, topics on which she published widely.

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Abstract:

The primary objective of this project was to assess the possibilities of microwear analysis for Dutch flint assemblages. Archaeological investigations included those pertaining to form and function (i.e. would it be possible to predict function on the basis of certain morphological characteristics?) and a study of the economic activities carried out at the various sites. Technical objectives encompassed research into the quantification of wear-traces and into the process of patination. Lastly, a reference collection of experimentally-used flint tools was to be started, with special emphasis on those dealing with the processing of fish. This latter material had been under emphasized in previous research-projects and was considered especially important in Dutch (coastal) contexts.

Prof. dr. Annelou van Gijn

Annelou van Gijn is professor of Archaeological Material Culture and Artefact Studies at Leiden University and studied anthropology and archaeology at Washington State University Pullman (US) and the University of Groningen. She obtained her PhD at Leiden University. Her teaching and research focus on prehistoric technology, ancient crafts, experimentation and the reconstruction of the cultural biography of objects, topics on which she published widely.

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