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Use-wear Analysis on Quartzite Flaked Tools

The Experimental Development of a Method

Author(s): Antonella Pedergnana

Book Description

Quartzite is a particularly frequently used lithology for knapping stone tools throughout all stages of human evolution. Despite this, however, there is a surprising lack of detailed methodological research on the formation and appearance of use-wear on this type of rock. As such, this book fills in a gap in the research, and proposes a new method to analyse use-wear on quartzite, by evaluating the variability of use-wear appearance on different rock varieties.

This book is conceived as a handbook for the application of microwear analysis on quartzite, and is addressed to both students and lithic use-wear analysists. The extreme surface irregularities of quartzite, mainly due to its microcrystalline structure and the diverse orientation of quartz crystals surfaces, have always been regarded as a major obstacle when applying use-wear analysis. As shown here, the use of scanning electron microscopy allows this and other obstacles when observing highly reflective surfaces, such as quartzite, to be overcome.


ISBN-13: 978-1-5275-3661-6
ISBN-10: 1-5275-3661-0
Date of Publication: 01/10/2019
Pages / Size: 172 / A5
Price: £58.99


Dr Antonella Pedergnana is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Laboratory for Traceology and Controlled Experiments at MONREPOS-Archaeological Research Centre and Museum for Human Behavioural Evolution, affiliated with the Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum, Mainz, Germany. She received her Master’s from the University Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro and the Institute of Tomar, Portugal, and completed her PhD at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain, in conjunction with the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, France. Her research interests are focused on the study of the use-wear formation processes on coarse-grained lithologies, with particular attention to the technological behaviour of prehistoric human groups.