The measurement and interpretation of cortex in lithic assemblages

Harold L. Dibble, Utsav A. Schurmans, Radu P. Iovita, Michael V. McLaughlin

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    Cortex is often used as an indicator of core reduction and transport, but current measures to evaluate the observed amount of cortex in a lithic assemblage with what might be expected under particular conditions are still ambiguous. The purpose of the present study is to develop and evaluate an alternative method based on solid geometry. This method is evaluated with an experimentally produced assemblage, and implications of its application to archaeological assemblages are presented and discussed. Copyright

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)545-560
    Number of pages16
    JournalAmerican Antiquity
    Issue number3
    StatePublished - Jul 2005

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • History
    • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
    • Archaeology
    • Museology


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