Poster Title (Current Submission)

Hidden In Stone: Identifying Use-Wear Traces on Lithic Tools

Major(s)

Anthropology, History

Mentor Name

Melody Pope

Mentor Department

Anthropology

Other Mentor Department

Office of the State Archaeologist

Presentation Date

3-26-2011

Abstract

My project seeks to identify characteristic wear patterns preserved on stone tools from processing plants commonly used by people in the ancient Near East and North America. The method uses an experimental, analogical approach and both low and high power optical microscopy. Wear traces produced on experimental tools are compared to wear traces on archaeological tools in order to identify physical changes in the stone from use. Key wear traces identified in this way will be used to make important distinctions between tools used in the past to process plants for consumption and those used to process plants for construction.

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Hidden In Stone: Identifying Use-Wear Traces on Lithic Tools

My project seeks to identify characteristic wear patterns preserved on stone tools from processing plants commonly used by people in the ancient Near East and North America. The method uses an experimental, analogical approach and both low and high power optical microscopy. Wear traces produced on experimental tools are compared to wear traces on archaeological tools in order to identify physical changes in the stone from use. Key wear traces identified in this way will be used to make important distinctions between tools used in the past to process plants for consumption and those used to process plants for construction.