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Microwear Analysis of Some Clovis and Experimental Chipped Stone Tools

  • Marvin Kay
Part of the Interdisciplinary Contributions to Archaeology book series (IDCA)


Stone, bone or ivory implements used to kill and butcher a menagerie of now largely extinct animals are found at late Pleistocene terrestrial big game kills. Tool function of big game kill artifacts is often assumed but not confirmed by reference to artifact form and archaeological context. Experimentally produced microwear traces, however, do provide an empirical basis to judge the likely use of the archaeologically derived artifacts. Microwear on experimental tools and Clovis points from Colby unequivocally show consistent patterns of tool use as projectile points and butchering tools; evidence of site-specific haft binding technique, of tool maintenance, and use-life histories. A further evaluation of the “Keeley method” of identifying micropolishes, how they form and rates of formation, indicates that conventional incident light microscopy is severely limited in its application for microwear studies.


Stone Tool American Antiquity Projectile Point Blade Element Wear Trace 
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  • Marvin Kay
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  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of ArkansasFayettevilleUSA

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