Principles of Lithic Technology 1 - Introduction
This exercise has a number of objectives. These are:
- To introduce you to the principles of fracture mechanics that govern
the manufacture of stone tools.
- To explain some of the specialized terminology that you may encounter when
reading descriptions of stone tools.
- To show you the attributes that archaeologists use to distinguish
intentional modification of stone from natural or accidental modification.
- To show what the principal stone tool types manufactured by early hominids
were, and how they were made.