Flintknapping

Author: John C. Whittaker
Publisher: University of Texas Press
ISBN: 9780292792555
Release Date: 2010-03-01
Genre: Social Science

Flintknapping is an ancient craft enjoying a resurgence of interest among both amateur and professional students of prehistoric cultures. In this new guide, John C. Whittaker offers the most detailed handbook on flintknapping currently available and the only one written from the archaeological perspective of interpreting stone tools as well as making them. Flintknapping contains detailed, practical information on making stone tools. Whittaker starts at the beginner level and progresses to discussion of a wide range of techniques. He includes information on necessary tools and materials, as well as step-by-step instructions for making several basic stone tool types. Numerous diagrams allow the reader to visualize the flintknapping process, and drawings of many stone tools illustrate the discussions and serve as models for beginning knappers. Written for a wide amateur and professional audience, Flintknapping will be essential for practicing knappers as well as for teachers of the history of technology, experimental archaeology, and stone tool analysis.

American Flintknappers

Author: John C. Whittaker
Publisher: University of Texas Press
ISBN: 9780292757899
Release Date: 2013-09-17
Genre: Social Science

Making arrowheads, blades, and other stone tools was once a survival skill and is still a craft practiced by thousands of flintknappers around the world. In the United States, knappers gather at regional "knap-ins" to socialize, exchange ideas and material, buy and sell both equipment and knapped art, and make stone tools in the company of others. In between these gatherings, the knapping community stays connected through newsletters and the Internet. In this book, avid knapper and professional anthropologist John Whittaker offers an insider's view of the knapping community. He explores why stone tools attract modern people and what making them means to those who pursue this art. He describes how new members are incorporated into the knapping community, how novices learn the techniques of knapping and find their roles within the group, how the community is structured, and how ethics, rules, and beliefs about knapping are developed and transmitted. He also explains how the practice of knapping relates to professional archaeology, the trade in modern replicas of stone tools, and the forgery of artifacts. Whittaker's book thus documents a fascinating subculture of American life and introduces the wider public to an ancient and still rewarding craft.

When Technology Fails

Author: Matthew Stein
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
ISBN: 9781603580953
Release Date: 2008-08-18
Genre: House & Home

There’s never been a better time to “be prepared.” Matthew Stein’s comprehensive primer on sustainable living skills—from food and water to shelter and energy to first-aid and crisis-management skills—prepares you to embark on the path toward sustainability. But unlike any other book, Stein not only shows you how to live “green” in seemingly stable times, but to live in the face of potential disasters, lasting days or years, coming in the form of social upheaval, economic meltdown, or environmental catastrophe. When Technology Fails covers the gamut. You’ll learn how to start a fire and keep warm if you’ve been left temporarily homeless, as well as the basics of installing a renewable energy system for your home or business. You’ll learn how to find and sterilize water in the face of utility failure, as well as practical information for dealing with water-quality issues even when the public tap water is still flowing. You’ll learn alternative techniques for healing equally suited to an era of profit-driven malpractice as to situations of social calamity. Each chapter (a survey of the risks to the status quo; supplies and preparation for short- and long-term emergencies; emergency measures for survival; water; food; shelter; clothing; first aid, low-tech medicine, and healing; energy, heat, and power; metalworking; utensils and storage; low-tech chemistry; and engineering, machines, and materials) offers the same approach, describing skills for self-reliance in good times and bad. Fully revised and expanded—the first edition was written pre-9/11 and pre-Katrina, when few Americans took the risk of social disruption seriously—When Technology Fails ends on a positive, proactive note with a new chapter on "Making the Shift to Sustainability," which offers practical suggestions for changing our world on personal, community and global levels.

Flintknapping

Author: Paul Hellweg
Publisher: Canyon Pub Co
ISBN: IND:30000037519935
Release Date: 1984
Genre: Art


The Oxford Handbook of African Archaeology

Author: Peter Mitchell
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 9780191626159
Release Date: 2013-07-04
Genre: Social Science

Africa has the longest and arguably the most diverse archaeological record of any of the continents. It is where the human lineage first evolved and from where Homo sapiens spread across the rest of the world. Later, it witnessed novel experiments in food-production and unique trajectories to urbanism and the organisation of large communities that were not always structured along strictly hierarchical lines. Millennia of engagement with societies in other parts of the world confirm Africa's active participation in the construction of the modern world, while the richness of its history, ethnography, and linguistics provide unusually powerful opportunities for constructing interdisciplinary narratives of Africa's past. This Handbook provides a comprehensive and up-to-date synthesis of African archaeology, covering the entirety of the continent's past from the beginnings of human evolution to the archaeological legacy of European colonialism. As well as covering almost all periods and regions of the continent, it includes a mixture of key methodological and theoretical issues and debates, and situates the subject's contemporary practice within the discipline's history and the infrastructural challenges now facing its practitioners. Bringing together essays on all these themes from over seventy contributors, many of them living and working in Africa, it offers a highly accessible, contemporary account of the subject for use by scholars and students of not only archaeology, but also history, anthropology, and other disciplines.

Archaeology in Practice

Author: Jane Balme
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781118323830
Release Date: 2014-01-14
Genre: Social Science

This much-enhanced new edition of the highly accessible guide topractical archaeology is a vital resource for students. Itfeatures the latest methodologies, a wealth of case studies fromaround the world, and contributions from leading specialists inarchaeological materials analysis. New edition updated to include the latest archaeologicalmethods, an enhanced focus on post-excavation analysis and newmaterial including a dedicated chapter on analyzing humanremains Covers the full range of current analytic methods, such asanalysis of stone tools, human remains and absolute dating Features a user-friendly structure organized according tomaterial types such as animal bones, ceramics and stone artifacts,as well as by thematic topics ranging from dating techniques toreport writing, and ethical concerns. Accessible to archaeology students at all levels, with detailedreferences and extensive case studies featured throughout

Die Neandertaler und wir

Author: Svante Pääbo
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
ISBN: 9783104030326
Release Date: 2014-03-06
Genre: Social Science

Die aufregende Geschichte der Entschlüsselung des Neandertalergenoms – und das lebendige Porträt der neuen Wissenschaft der Paläogenetik In einer folgenreichen Nacht im Jahre 1996 gelang Svante Pääbo die Entschlüsselung der ersten DNA-Sequenzen eines Neandertalers. Eine Sensation! Die verblüffenden Erkenntnisse revolutionierten unser Bild von der Entwicklung des Homo sapiens. Jetzt erzählt der preisgekrönte Wissenschaftler seine persönliche Geschichte und verschränkt sie mit der Geschichte des neuen Gebiets, das er maßgeblich mitentwickelte: der Paläogenetik - von den ersten Analysen an altägyptischen Mumien bis hin zu Mammuts, Höhlenbären und Riesenfaultieren. Ein faszinierender Blick hinter die Kulissen der Spitzenforschung in Deutschland und der spannende Entwicklungsroman einer Wissenschaft, deren Ergebnisse vor wenigen Jahrzehnten noch niemand erahnen konnte

Newsletter

Author:
Publisher:
ISBN: NWU:35556028010254
Release Date: 1995
Genre: Anthropology


Teen Guides to Environmental Science People and their environments

Author: John F. Mongillo
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 0313321868
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

Presents the current conditions of the environment with images, timelines, lists of organizations and agencies, and activities to assist students in making decisions about the future.

Stone Age Spear and Arrow Points of California and the Great Basin

Author: Noel D. Justice
Publisher:
ISBN: WISC:89084914159
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Social Science

Purely a reference source, this large volume is part of a series of regional guides that surveys, describes and categorises the different types of projectile points and cutting tools in prehistoric North America. This volume focuses on California and the Great Basin and includes descriptions of more than fifty types along with details on the production process, techniques of retouch, and discussions of regional styles accompanied by distribution maps.

Archaeology

Author: David Hurst Thomas
Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company
ISBN: 0155013696
Release Date: 1998
Genre: Social Science

The Third Edition of David Hurst Thomas's ARCHAEOLOGY reflects the fascinating combination of traditional, formal scientific technique and the postmodern humanistic approach that defines archaeology today. Offering a dynamic account of history and theory, Thomas also emphasizes the importance of ideology and cognition.

Antiquity

Author: Osbert Guy Stanhope Crawford
Publisher:
ISBN: 0003598X
Release Date: 1995
Genre: Archaeology


Stone Age Spear and Arrow Points of the Southwestern United States

Author: Noel D. Justice
Publisher:
ISBN: WISC:89084914126
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Social Science

The American Southwest is the focus for this volume in Noel Justice’s series of reference works that survey, describe, and categorize the projectile point and cutting tools used in prehistory by Native American peoples. Written for archaeologists and amateur collectors alike, the book describes over 50 types of stone arrowhead and spear points according to period, culture, and region. With the knowledge of someone trained to fashion projectile points with techniques used by the Indians, Justice describes how the points were made, used, and re-sharpened. His detailed drawings illustrate the way the Indians shaped their tools, what styles were peculiar to which regions, and how the various types can best be identified. There are hundreds of drawings, organized by type cluster and other identifying characteristics. The book also includes distribution maps and color plates that will further aid the researcher or collector in identifying specific periods, cultures, and projectile types.