American Flintknappers. Stone Age Art in the Age of by John C. Whittaker

By John C. Whittaker

Making arrowheads, blades, and different stone instruments was a survival ability and remains to be a craft practiced by way of hundreds of thousands of flintknappers worldwide. within the usa, knappers assemble at nearby "knap-ins" to socialise, alternate rules and fabric, purchase and promote either gear and knapped artwork, and make stone instruments within the corporation of others. In among those gatherings, the knapping group remains hooked up via newsletters and the Internet.

In this booklet, avid knapper anthropologist John Whittaker deals an insider's view of the knapping group. He explores why stone instruments allure glossy humans and what making them capacity to people who pursue this paintings. He describes how new individuals are included into the knapping neighborhood, how newbies study the suggestions of knapping and locate their roles in the workforce, how the neighborhood is dependent, and the way ethics, principles, and ideology approximately knapping are built and transmitted. He additionally explains how the perform of knapping pertains to specialist archaeology, the exchange in smooth replicas of stone instruments, and the forgery of artifacts. Whittaker's booklet therefore records a desirable lifestyle of yank lifestyles and introduces the broader public to an historical and nonetheless lucrative craft.

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Subsequent excavations of the remains of the site (Orr ; Brown a, b, ) and various analyses of artifacts from it (Bell ; Brown , , ; Phillips and Brown ) have recovered a lot of information, but also show how much was lost. While the site was being looted, amazing finds flooded the market and made quite a splash in the news and among collectors. The news stimulated further plundering of nearby sites, and when the supply of real artifacts ran out, fakes rapidly filled the gap.

Ellis analyzed two hundred specimens from the Reed collection and was much more definite in his conclusions than Clements and Reed. He noted that the eccentrics “did not conform to any known pattern within the area of their occurrence” (, ), and only superficially resembled Maya eccentrics. They still had some small, loosely attached flake remnants, typical of freshly chipped pieces. The edges, where recent chipping would be most obvious, had been treated with some dark organic substance, unlike prehistoric patinas.

He lays a copper bar across his lap, with the end resting against the platform edge of a biface, and strikes it with an antler billet to drive a flake off the underside of the biface. Fort Osage, . both inward, to make the flake run across the face being worked, and downward, which begins the fracture. ). The name honors Ishi, last survivor of a group of California Indians. His flintknapping skills and tools were recorded by a number of early anthropologists (Nelson ; Shackley ) and are admired by modern knappers.

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