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You need not take up flintknapping to find this book a valuable resource. Old Tools - New Eyes has something for everyone.
Archaeologists - Every stone tool and chip of debitage tells a story of how it came to be. By analyzing the distinctive attributes of flakes and their scars, we can decipher their often-hidden messages and the circumstances behind their creation.
Collectors - Artifact typologies entail more than just shape. Explore the deeper, more subtle technological differences that make each point style special and unique.
Flintknappers - Learn from a master knapper the physical basis for fracture and how to control it, through in-depth discussion and detailed illustrations of the knapping process.
Students - By exploring the many attributes of chipped stone artifacts, we can learn intriguing and valuable secrets about the lifestyles and motivations of those who made them in ancient times.
Through the use of archaeological evidence, computer modeling, and exhaustive experimentation, this book takes a forensic look at how ancient hunters of North America survived the catastrophic environmental changes at the end of the Ice Age and why those hardships led them to create some of the most elegant and intriguing of stone artifacts: Clovis and Folsom fluted spearpoints.
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Bob Patten has been pursuing his passion or replicating chipped stone artifacts from both an engineering and an intuitive perspective for more than fifty years. In doing so, he has worked with archaeologists and institutions from around the globe. In 2004, the Society of American Archaeology acknowledged his extensive contributions by granting him the prestigious Crabtree Award.
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Book Description Stone Dagger Publications, Denver, Colorado, 2009. Soft cover. Condition: New. No Jacket. 2nd Edition. New/N, pb, new book, color illustrated stiff paper wraps, 176pp. Interior clean no marks, binding tight. No wear to wraps, no chips or tears. A very detailed manual on creating new stone tools, shows tools used, results obtained. Problems to look for if bad results. Seller Inventory # 014064