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On the Macroscopic Identification of Used Flakes

  • Donald Young (a1) and Douglas B. Bamforth (a2)

Abstract

The most common method used by archaeologists to identify flaked-stone artifacts that were used by prehistoric people to accomplish some task is to inspect an artifact's edges for macroscopic edge damage. The results of a test of this “no-magnification” approach to microwear analysis indicate that such an approach is likely to produce highly inaccurate and biased data in many or most cases.

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El método mas comun usado los par los arqueólogos para identificar trazos de uso en artifactos de piedra prehistóricos es inspeccionar el filo del artifacto para evidencia de daño macroscópico. Aqui presentamos los resultados de una prueba de este enfoque de “sin-magnificacion” para análisis microdegaste. Los resultados indican que es probable que este enfoque produce, en la mayoría de los casos, datos muy inexactos y prejuiciados.

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