Learning and Stone Tool Production: A Case from the Magdalenian French Pyrénées

 
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This study investigates the everyday practices of individuals in the production of stone-tool technology in the Magdalenian Midi-Pyrénées, through various theoretical approaches to agency and learning. It focuses on the sites of Enlène and Les Eglises, both located in the French Pyrénées, occupied during the Middle (c. 13,900 BP) and Upper (c. 11,850 BP) Magdalenian, respectively. Material cultures such as stone tools, are made and used within a social milieu encompassing practical needs, cultural preferences, and the social identities of the people in the group. Stone tools may be produced in a very simple manner that can address any practical needs, but cultural preferences complicate the techniques and styles of stone tool production. Members of Paleolithic societies had to learn how to produce tools that satisfied both functional and social requirements. While learning how to produce stone tools, novices also learned the rules and roles of flintknappers in their culture through observation, imitation, guidance, experimentation, and practice. This study seeks the evidence for these behaviors, to create a more nuanced picture of Paleolithic societies.

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Kathleen Sterling received her PhD in Anthropology in 2005 from the University of California, Berkeley. She was a Postdoctoral Associate at Cornell University and is currently a Visiting Scholar there. Her research interests include social archaeology of the Upper Paleolithic, feminist approaches to science, and the sociopolitics of anthropology.

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