Explaining the Change from Biface to Flake Technology

A Selectionist Application
  • Alysia L. Abbott
  • Robert D. Leonard
  • George T. Jones
Part of the Interdisciplinary Contributions to Archaeology book series (IDCA)


Why do Coke bottles have ridges? Why did the “American system” of manufacture, with its production of identical, interchangeable parts, fail in the homeland of its invention, France? Why do all of the great American cars of the 1950s have tail fins? Why were Mississippi riverboats created for a working life of 3 or 4 years? Why do home blenders have between 1 and 18 speeds? Why the Qwerty rather than the more “logical” Dvorak keyboard? Why were there over 800 tractor manufacturers in the early part of this century, and only a handful today? Why is the geared eggbeater the standard in American kitchens, while Europeans continue to beat eggs with a whisk? Why did Thomas Jefferson’s perfectly designed plow, the “Mouldboard of Least Resistance,” win an award from the American Philosophical Society, but not the acceptance of the American farmer?


Selective Agent Archaeological Record Residential Mobility Evolutionary Explanation American Antiquity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alysia L. Abbott
    • 1
  • Robert D. Leonard
    • 1
  • George T. Jones
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of New MexicoAlbuquerqueUSA
  2. 2.Department of AnthropologyHamilton CollegeClintonUSA

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