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Flint in focus; lithic biographies in the neolithic and bronze age.


Flint in focus; lithic biographies in the neolithic and bronze age.

Gijn, Annelou Van.

Sidestone Press


289 pages




Gijn (material culture and artefact studies, U. of Leiden and Groningen) is particularly interested in the microscopic study of stone and bone tools, and has written widely about microwear analysis. Here she explores the role of flint in various spheres of past life, from subsistence to the expression and negotiation of identity, to dealings with ancestors. Her examples come from about 25 sites in the Netherlands. Among her topics are methods of studying flint tools, harvesting and processing cereals, hide processing, ornament making, conveying special kinds of personhood in the Single Grave culture, the ideological significance of exotic flint, and domestic flint in the age of metal. Distributed in North America by The David Brown Book Co.

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Date:Feb 1, 2011
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