Iovita, Radu

Multidisciplinary Approaches to the Study of Stone Age Weaponry

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Table of contents

Part I. Recognizing Weapons: Experimental Approaches

1. When Is a Point a Projectile? Morphology, Impact Fractures, Scientific Rigor, and the Limits of Inference
Wallace Karl Hutchings

2. Identifying Weapon Delivery Systems Using Macrofracture Analysis and Fracture Propagation Velocity: A Controlled Experiment
Radu Iovita, Holger Schönekeß, Sabine Gaudzinski-Windheuser, Frank Jäger

3. Experiments in Fracture Patterns and Impact Velocity with Replica Hunting Weapons from Japan
Katsuhiro Sano, Yoshitaka Denda, Masayoshi Oba

4. Thirty Years of Experimental Research on the Breakage Patterns of Stone Age Osseous Points. Overview, Methodological Problems and Current Perspectives
Jean-Marc Pétillon, Hugues Plisson, Pierre Cattelain

5. Levers, Not Springs: How a Spearthrower Works and Why It Matters
John C. Whittaker

Part II. Recognizing Weapons: Archaeological Applications

6. Hunting Lesions in Pleistocene and Early Holocene European Bone Assemblages and Their Implications for Our Knowledge on the Use and Timing of Lithic Projectile Technology
Sabine Gaudzinski-Windheuser

7. Edge Damage on 500-Thousand-Year-Old Spear Tips from Kathu Pan 1, South Africa: The Combined Effects of Spear Use and Taphonomic Processes
Jayne Wilkins, Benjamin J. Schoville

8. Projectile Damage and Point Morphometry at the Early Middle Paleolithic Misliya Cave, Mount Carmel (Israel): Preliminary Results and Interpretations
Alla Yaroshevich, Yossi Zaidner, Mina Weinstein-Evron

9. Morpho-Metric Variability of Early Gravettian Tanged “Font-Robert” Points, and Functional Implications
Annemieke Milks, Rob Dinnis, Matthew Pope

10. Early Gravettian Projectile Technology in Southwestern Iberian Peninsula: The Double Backed and Bipointed Bladelets of Vale Boi (Portugal)
João Marreiros, Nuno Bicho, Juan Gibaja, João Cascalheira, Telmo Pereira

11. Uncertain Evidence for Weapons and Craft Tools: Functional Investigations of Australian Microliths
Richard Fullagar

12. Projectiles and Hafting Technology
Veerle Rots

Part III. Measures of Weapon Performance

13. Testing Archaeological Approaches to Determining Past Projectile Delivery Systems Using Ethnographic and Experimental Data
C. Clarkson

14. Penetration, Tissue Damage, and Lethality of Wood- Versus Lithic-Tipped Projectiles
Paul E. Salem, Steven E. Churchill

15. Experimental and Archeological Observations of Northern Iberian Peninsula Middle Paleolithic Mousterian Point Assemblages. Testing the Potential Use of Throwing Spears Among Neanderthals
Joseba Rios-Garaizar

Part IV. Weapons as Curated Technologies

16. More to the Point: Developing a Multi-faceted Approach to Investigating the Curation of Magdalenian Osseous Projectile Points
Michelle C. Langley

17. Survivorship Distributions in Experimental Spear Points: Implications for Tool Design and Assemblage Formation
Michael J. Shott

Part V. Weapons as Cultural and Cognitive Markers

18. Morphological Diversification of Stemmed Projectile Points of Patagonia (Southernmost South America). Assessing Spatial Patterns by Means of Phylogenies and Comparative Methods
Marcelo Cardillo, Judith Charlin

19. Hunting Technologies During the Howiesons Poort at Sibudu Cave: What They Reveal About Human Cognition in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, Between ~65 and 62ka
Marlize Lombard, Lyn Wadley

Part VI. Conclusions

20. Summary and Conclusions
Radu Iovita, Katsuhiro Sano

Keywords: Earth Sciences, Paleontology, Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology, Evolutionary Biology, Cultural History, Behavioral Sciences

Publication year
Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology
Page amount
17 pages
Natural Sciences
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