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Micro-abrasion of flint artefacts by mobile sediments: a taphonomic approach

Chu, W., Thompson, C. and Hosfield, R. ORCID: (2015) Micro-abrasion of flint artefacts by mobile sediments: a taphonomic approach. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences, 7 (1). pp. 3-11. ISSN 1866-9565

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Fluvial redeposition of stone artifacts is a major complicating factor in the interpretation of Lower Palaeolithic open-air archaeological sites. However, the microscopic examination of lithic surfaces may provide valuable background information on the transport history of artifacts, particularly in low energy settings. Replica flint artifacts were therefore abraded in an annular flume and examined with a scanning electron microscope. Results showed that abrasion time, sediment size, and artifact transport mode were very sensitive predictors of microscopic surface abrasion, ridge width, and edge damage (p < 0.000). These results suggest that patterns of micro-abrasion of stone artifacts may enhance understanding of archaeological assemblage formation in fluvial contexts

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Divisions:Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science > Department of Archaeology
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