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The existence historical past of stone instruments is in detail beloved to device construction, use, and upkeep. those are very important methods within the association of lithic know-how or the way during which lithic know-how is embedded inside of human organizational concepts of land use and subsistence practices. This quantity brings jointly essays that degree the existence historical past of stone instruments relative to retouch values, uncooked fabric constraints, and evolutionary procedures. jointly, they discover the organization of technological association with elements of instrument shape similar to aid sequences, device construction attempt, artifact curation tactics, and retouch size. facts units conceal a extensive geographic and temporal span, together with examples from France in the course of the Paleolithic, the close to East through the Neolithic, and different areas akin to Mongolia, Australia, and Italy. North American examples are derived from Paleoindian instances to ancient interval aboriginal populations during the usa and Canada.

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