Analysis of lithic artifacts from the Albrecht site

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1988

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"Because they survive where less durable items do not, and also because among stone age peoples they constitute an integral part of the adaptive mechanism, chipped stone tools are one of the most important classes of evidence by which we may view the record of human evolution (Collins 1975: 15). However, we cannot have a true picture of the "record of human evolution" if we do not study all chipped stone classes, and if we do not pay particular attention to the reconstruction of behavior from various lithic categories. This study focuses on a detailed classification of stone debitage, with its accompanying tools, from the Albrecht Site of Central Texas and the use of inference to determine behaviour from various lithic classes. It pays particular attention to the Linear Reduction Model as a major approach on which all chipped stone analysis should depend; and on debitage as a most important chipped stone category from which past behaviour can be drawn. The study also looks into the problem of the spatial distribution of stone artifact classes in their archaeological context and the factors responsible for such distribution. While hoping to establish a systematic methodological approach in the classification and description of stone artifacts, the work also hopes to examine the behavioral activities connected with the production and uses of chipped stone tools at the Albrecht site.

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Stone implements--Texas--Kerr County

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