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Ground stone artefact recovery methods, material properties and fragmentation: Lessons from Catalhoyuk and other sites

Wright, KI; (2018) Ground stone artefact recovery methods, material properties and fragmentation: Lessons from Catalhoyuk and other sites. Journal of Lithic Studies (In press).

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Abstract

This paper considers manufacture, use, discard and fragmentation in ground-stone assemblages, especially (1) how recovery methods affect our ability to understand and compare assemblages; and (2) the role of rock properties in the making, use and breaking of ground-stone artefacts. Comparisons are made between intensive recovery methods and more selective recovery strategies. Physical properties of different raw materials are discussed in terms of how they affect artefact manufacture, use and discard of ground-stone artefacts and the nature of assemblages. The problem of interpreting complete vs. fragmentary tools is discussed in connection with discard and abandonment practices, eg deliberate breakage, or not; the role of raw materials in fragmentation; natural formation processes affecting fragmentation; caching of complete tools; long vs. short use-lives; and re-use in architecture. These issues are highlighted by case studies from Neolithic Near Eastern sites: Çatalhöyük East (Turkey); camps of the Azraq-Jilat project (eastern Jordan); and Beidha (south Jordan).

Type: Article
Title: Ground stone artefact recovery methods, material properties and fragmentation: Lessons from Catalhoyuk and other sites
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Ground-stone, stone, technology, methods, manufacture, use, discard, use-lives, life histories, site formation, Neolithic, Near East, Çatalhöyük, Azraq-Jilat, Beidha
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10056107
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