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The Emergence of Pressure Blade Making

From Origin to Modern Experimentation

Editors: Desrosiers, Pierre M. (Ed.)

  • First book to provide a comprehesive, synthesized thesis on pressure knapping
  • Comprehensive research from around the world, through different cultural and historical periods
  • Updates the current research on pressure knapping, offering new perspectives from experts in the field
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Human development is a long and steady process that began with stone tool making.  Because of this skill, humans were able to adapt to climate changes, discover new territories, and invent new technologies.  "Pressure knapping" is the common term for one method of creating stone tools, where a larger device or blade specifically made for this purpose is use to press out the stone tool.  Pressure knapping was invented in different locations and at different points in time, representing the adoption of the Neolithic way of life in the Old world.

Recent research on pressure knapping has led for the first time to a global thesis on this technique.  The contributors to this seminal work combine research findings on pressure knapping from different cultures around the globe to develope a cohesive theory.  This contributions to this volume represents a significant development to research on pressure knapping, as well as the field of lithic studies in general.

This work will be an important reference for anyone studying the Paleolithic, Mesolithic, and Neolithic periods, lithic studies, technologies, and more generally, cultural transmission.

Reviews

“This volume should be commended for its successful and holistic effort in highlighting phenomena associated with pressure blade production through experimental, archaeological and historical investigations. This almost Herculean effort is clear, concise and marks a milestone in studies of blade technology. It is quintessential for anyone interested in studies of pressure blade production.” (Christian Steven Hoggard, Journal of Lithic Studies, Vol. 2, 2015)

"The Desrosiers volume leans more strongly towards the Continental tradition, and in typical chaîne opératoire fashion relies on empirical data to inform on lithic connaissances (knowledge) and savoir-faires (knowhow) to trace the culture historical progress of pressure blade flaking...Desrosiers provides an ideal opportunity to widen the investigative lens by considering technological approaches holistically." (Sarah Wurz, South African Archaeological Bulletin, Vol 199, 2014)


Table of contents (19 chapters)

  • Introduction: Breaking Stones Without Striking Them

    Desrosiers, Pierre M.

    Pages 3-9

  • Pressure Débitage in the Old World: Forerunners, Researchers, Geopolitics – Handing on the Baton

    Inizan, Marie-Louise

    Pages 11-42

  • Stoneworkers’ Approaches to Replicating Prismatic Blades

    Clark, John E.

    Pages 43-135

  • Early Holocene Climate Change and the Adoption of Pressure Technique in the Maghreb: The Capsian Sequence at Kef Zoura D (Eastern Algeria)

    Rahmani, Noura (et al.)

    Pages 139-155

  • Pressure Blade Production with a Lever in the Early and Late Neolithic of the Near East

    Altınbilek-Algül, Ciler (et al.)

    Pages 157-179

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Emergence of Pressure Blade Making
Book Subtitle
From Origin to Modern Experimentation
Editors
  • Pierre M. Desrosiers
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-2003-3
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-2003-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4614-2002-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4899-9110-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 536
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