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Understanding Stone Tools and Archaeological Sites

Brian Kooyman

This generously illustrated instructional guide explains the examination and analysis of stone tools and stone-tool sites anywhere in the world. Lithics expert Brian P. Kooyman explores the production, function, and context of stone tools to understand how human cultures used lithic tools at particular sites and to give readers the practical skills for lithic and site analysis. The guide covers manufacturing techniques, lithic types and materials, reduction strategies and techniques, worldwide lithic technology, production variables, meaning of form, and usewear and residue analysis. The author draws on extensive field work in North America, particularly at Head-Smashed-In in Alberta, Canada. However, the theory, methodology, and analysis applies to the investigation of stone tools and lithic sites worldwide.


Brian P. Kooyman is director of the Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump Excavation, a World Heritage Site, in Alberta, Canada, and is professor of archaeology at University of Calgary in Alberta.


"The design and writing style are inviting . . . Dr. Kooyman's approachable introduction will be popular with students."



" Understanding Stone Tools and Archaelolgical Sites is a how-to manual for stone tool analysis. . . . Kooyman is uniquely qualified to write such a book, being an avid flintknapper."


Lithic Technology

Published in association with University of Calgary Press

8 x 9.25 in. 214 pages 13 drawings, 71 halftones