Measuring skill in the production of bifacial pressure flaked points: a multivariate approach using the flip-test
2010 (English)In: Journal of Archaeological Science, ISSN 0305-4403, E-ISSN 1095-9238, Vol. 37, no 9, 2308-2315 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Skill is an aspect of prehistoric technology that can inform us on many areas of investigation. This article discusses the notion of skill in prehistoric contexts and how skill is to be formally defined in relation to lithic bifacial tools. The nature of bifacial manufacture entails simultaneous attention to the facial, profile- and cross- section morphology of the core, since each flake removal affects all features. It is argued that bifacial skill can be measured using a multivariate approach, which takes all these features into account. An index measure, the ""Bifacial Skill Score"", is proposed and evaluated using both experimental and archaeological data. This measure is argued to constitute a good proxy for skill in bifacial technology and a useful tool for comparative research.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. Vol. 37, no 9, 2308-2315 p.
Lithic technology, Bifacial points, Skill, Symmetry
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-48968DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2010.04.004ISI: 000280377100024OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-48968DiVA: diva2:376340
authorCount :12010-12-102010-12-102010-12-14Bibliographically approved