New Perspectives on Old Stones

Analytical Approaches to Paleolithic Technologies

Editors: Lycett, Stephen, Chauhan, Parth (Eds.)

  • Serves as a comprehensive guide to the most recent developments in Paleolithic analysis
  • Combines case studies from diverse time periods, techniques and geographic regions
  • Provides practical applications on a range of analytical methods
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About this Textbook

As the study of Palaeolithic technologies moves towards a more analytical approach, it is necessary to determine a consistent procedural framework. The contributions to this timely and comprehensive volume do just that. This volume incorporates a broad chronological and geographical range of Palaeolithic material from the Lower to Upper Palaeolithic. The focus of this volume is to provide an analysis of Palaeolithic technologies from a quantitative, empirical perspective.

 

As new techniques, particularly quantitative methods, for analyzing Palaeolithic technologies gain popularity, this work provides case studies showcasing these new techniques.

Employing diverse case studies, and utilizing multivariate approaches, morphometrics, model-based approaches, phylogenetics, cultural transmission studies, and experimentation, this volume provides insights from international contributors at the forefront of recent methodological advances.

About the authors

Stephen Lycett is Lecturer in Human Evolution at the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK. He gained his PhD from the University of Cambridge (2006) and his MSc from University College London (2003). His research traverses the boundaries of Palaeolithic Archaeology, Palaeoanthropology and Biological Anthropology. He has published on a broad range of research questions including cultural evolution in hominins and nonhuman primates, morphometrics, lithic analysis, hominin dispersals, hominid phylogenetics and species identification in the fossil record. He is particularly interested in cultural transmission theory and how this approach can help shed light on the evolution of material culture.

Parth R. Chauhan is an Indian-American Research Associate with the Stone Age Institute (Indiana, USA). He obtained his PhD from the University of Sheffield (UK) in 2005 and his MA from Deccan College Postgraduate Research Institute (Pune, India) in 1998. His research interests include Old World prehistory, Palaeolithic archaeology, hominin dispersals, Asian paleoanthropology, vertebrate paleontology and taphonomy and lithic technology. He is currently carrying out research on early human technological and environmental adaptations during the Quaternary of India and Yemen.  

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Now thanks to Lycett and Chauhan’s (2010) New Perspectives on Old Stones1, Dunnell’s "route to science" becomes a four-lane super-highway, clear and paved, and I hear street-lamps are being installed next week.... By reminding us of "Clarkeian trends" (see below) and linking them with advancements in, and the application of, digital recording techniques, computer programming and simulation, and flaked stone replication, the volume editors and contributors put an exclamation point on the resurgence of rational, coherent, logical, and truly "analytical" approaches to Paleolithic stone tools and detritus.

To those who have ever said "I do not need statistics to tell me about stone tools;" to those who shrug off hypothesis-testing and quantitative assessment; and, to those who rely upon authority and experience over evidence and verification, be warned: New Perspectives is a game-changer.

The papers within not only make flaked stone analysis relevant to the rest of paleoanthropology and biology via the scientific method, but epitomize productive, reality-based, and in these times of economic woe, cost-effective research.

Review by Metin I. Eren,  PaleoAnthropology 2011: 199-202.

New Perspectives is a game-changer.

The papers within not only make flaked stone analysis relevant to the rest of paleoanthropology and biology via the scientific method, but epitomize productive, reality-based, and in these times of economic woe, cost-effective research.

Review by Metin I. Eren,  PaleoAnthropology 2011: 199-202.

To those who have ever said "I do not need statistics to tell me about stone tools;" to those who shrug off hypothesis-testing and quantitative assessment; and, to those who rely upon authority and experience over evidence and verification, be warned: New Perspectives is a game-changer.

The papers within not only make flaked stone analysis relevant to the rest of paleoanthropology and biology via the scientific method, but epitomize productive, reality-based, and in these times of economic woe, cost-effective research.

Review by Metin I. Eren,  PaleoAnthropology 2011: 199-202.

New Perspectives is a game-changer.

The papers within not only make flaked stone analysis relevant to the rest of paleoanthropology and biology via the scientific method, but epitomize productive, reality-based, and in these times of economic woe, cost-effective research.

Review by Metin I. Eren,  PaleoAnthropology 2011: 199-202.


Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Analytical Approaches to Palaeolithic Technologies: An Introduction

    Lycett, Stephen J. (et al.)

    Pages 1-22

  • A Geometric Morphometric Assessment of Plan Shape in Bone and Stone Acheulean Bifaces from the Middle Pleistocene Site of Castel di Guido, Latium, Italy

    Costa, August G.

    Pages 23-41

  • Regional Diversity Within the Core Technology of the Howiesons Poort Techno-Complex

    Clarkson, Chris

    Pages 43-59

  • Questioning the Link Between Stone Tool Standardization and Behavioral Modernity

    Monnier, Gilliane F. (et al.)

    Pages 61-81

  • The Quantitative Analysis of Mobility: Ecological Techniques and Archaeological Extensions

    Grove, Matt

    Pages 83-118

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
New Perspectives on Old Stones
Book Subtitle
Analytical Approaches to Paleolithic Technologies
Editors
  • Stephen Lycett
  • Parth Chauhan
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4419-6861-6
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4419-6861-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4419-6860-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4614-5436-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 345
Number of Illustrations and Tables
96 b/w illustrations
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