viernes, 22 de febrero de 2013

Levallois economics: an examination of ‘waste’ production in experimentally produced Levallois reduction sequences

Stephen J. Lycett, Metin I. Eren, Journal of Archaeological Science, Volume 40, Issue 5, May 2013, Pages 2384-2392, ISSN 0305-4403, 10.1016/j.jas.2013.01.016.

Abstract: Mathematical modelling has suggested that Levallois core morphology represents a reduction strategy driven by economic considerations; particularly the minimization of ‘waste’ while aiming to maximize cutting edge length of flakes obtained from cores of a given size. Such models are elegant in that they facilitate formal modelling of economic considerations that potentially motivate patterns seen in prehistoric data. However, the abstract nature of such models means that they do not take full account of all the practical difficulties and material challenges involved in reproducing Levallois-style reductions in stone...
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