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Functional Analysis of Stone Tools: A Cautionary Note on the Role of Animal Fats

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  20 January 2017


Recent studies have suggested that variations in areal distributions of utilized and non-utilized lithic materials can aid in the delineation of functional site areas. Microscopic analyses of experimentally produced and utilized flakes suggest that due to an accumulation of animal fats along the working edge significant numbers of utilized flakes may not display wear indicating use. Factors of lithology and variations in butchering technique are considered and implications for areal patterns explored.

Copyright © The Society for American Archaeology 1975

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