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Stone-Tool Demography: Reduction Distributions in North American Paleoindian Tools
New Perspectives on Old Stones
  • Michael J. Shott, University of Akron Main Campus
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Contribution to Book
Publication Date
8-12-2010
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Abstract
Stone 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 Information
Michael J. Shott. "Stone-Tool Demography: Reduction Distributions in North American Paleoindian Tools" New Perspectives on Old Stones (2010) p. 275 - 293
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/michael_shott/155/