Stone-Tool Demography: Reduction Distributions in North American Paleoindian ToolsNew Perspectives on Old Stones
Document TypeContribution to Book
AbstractStone tools “age” by reduction during use. Like individuals, each tool “ages” (is reduced) to some particular degree; like populations, sets of tools “age” (are reduced) to varying degrees expressed as reduction distributions. I fit distributions of North American Paleoindian tools to mathematical models, both for efficient description and to identify processes that govern discard. Reduction analysis is the thoughtful use of surprisingly simple measurements and practices to reveal both dimensions of past behavior and how the archaeological record formed.
Citation InformationMichael J. Shott. "Stone-Tool Demography: Reduction Distributions in North American Paleoindian Tools" New Perspectives on Old Stones (2010) p. 275 - 293
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