• George H. Odell
Part of the Interdisciplinary Contributions to Archaeology book series (IDCA)


Stone tools dominate archaeological assemblages from all but the most recent periods in most areas of the world. It should come as no surprise, then, that trends in lithic analysis have followed trajectories common to archaeology in general. If American archaeology in the first half of this century, for example, can be called “Classificatory-Descriptive” or “Classificatory-Historical” (Willey and Sabloff 1974), then it is a sure bet that these terms also characterize the way that stone tools were analyzed during this period. That is, analytical efforts were expended in providing taxonomic systems and historical reconstructions for the lithic remains that were being unearthed.


Stone Tool Anthropological Research American Archaeology American Antiquity Archaeological Assemblage 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • George H. Odell
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  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of TulsaTulsaUSA

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