Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-2
    2. Christopher J. Ellis
      Pages 37-74
  3. Archaeological Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-78
    2. John J. Shea
      Pages 79-106
    3. Bill Finlayson, Steven Mithen
      Pages 107-129
    4. Andrew L. Christenson
      Pages 131-142
    5. Christopher A. Bergman, Edward McEwen
      Pages 143-160
  4. Experimental Perspectives

  5. Ethnoarchaeological Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 263-266
    2. Russell D. Greaves
      Pages 287-320
    3. Robert Hitchcock, Peter Bleed
      Pages 345-368
  6. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 369-370
    2. Margaret C. Nelson
      Pages 371-384
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 385-410

About this book


Artifacts linked to projectile technologies traditionally have provided the foundations for time-space systematics and cultural-historic frameworks in archaeological research having to do with foragers. With the shift in archae­ ological research objectives to processual interpretations, projectile technolo­ gies continue to receive marked attention, but with an emphasis on the implications of variability in such areas as design, function, and material as they relate to the broader questions of human adaptation. The reason that this particular domain of foraging technology persists as an important focus of research, I think, comes in three parts. A projectile technology was a crucial part of most foragers' strategies for survival, it was functionally spe­ cific, and it generally was fabricated from durable materials likely to be detected archaeologically. Being fundamental to meat acquisition and the principal source of calo­ ries, projectile technologies were typically afforded greater time-investment, formal modification, and elaboration of attributes than others. Moreover, such technologies tend to display greater standardization because of con­ straints on size, morphology, and weight that are inherent to the delivery system. The elaboration of attributes and standardization of form gives pro­ jectile technologies time-and space-sensitivity that is greater than most other foraging technologies. And such sensitivity is immensely valuable in archae­ ological research.


Middle Paleolithic archaeology paleolithic

Editors and affiliations

  • Heidi Knecht
    • 1
  1. 1.New York UniversityNew YorkUSA

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1997
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
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  • Print ISBN 978-1-4899-1853-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4899-1851-2
  • Series Print ISSN 1568-2722
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