The relative effects of core surface morphology on flake shape and other attributes

Zeljko Rezek, Sam Lin, Radu Iovita, Harold L. Dibble

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    It is long been thought that many flake attributes, including both size and shape, are largely due to the morphology of a core's flaking surface, yet this has never been tested under strictly controlled conditions. Using molded glass cores with surface morphologies that highly resemble prehistoric ones, this experiment demonstrates that while core surface morphology does exhibit some influence on flake size and shape, a high degree of variation in flakes produced with the same core surface morphology shows that the effects of other independent variables, such as exterior platform angle and platform depth, have an even stronger effect. A major implication of these results is that current approaches to reconstruct prehistoric knapping strategies are overlooking significant sources of variation.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)1346-1359
    Number of pages14
    JournalJournal of Archaeological Science
    Issue number6
    StatePublished - Jun 2011


    • Controlled experiments
    • Experimental archeology
    • Flintknapping
    • Lithic analysis
    • Lithic technology

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Archaeology
    • Archaeology


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