Braun, D. R., Pobiner, B. and Thompson, J. (2008). An experimental investigation of cut mark production and stone tool attrition. J Archaeol Sci 35 (5). Vol 35(5), pp. 1216-1223.

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An experimental investigation of cut mark production and stone tool attrition
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J Archaeol Sci 35 (5)
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Journal of Archaeological Science
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35 (5)
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1216 - 1223
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The authors conducted a series of butchery experiments designed to test the hypothesis that cut marks affect the use life of stone tools. Results suggest cut marks are not associated with edge attrition of simple flake tools, and therefore it is unlikely that Palaeolithic butchers would have avoided contact between bone surfaces and tool edges. Edge attrition is, however, significantly greater during skinning and disarticulation than during defleshing. This suggests that skinning and disarticulation activities would require more tool edges relative to butchery events focused purely on defleshing. Differences between the number of cut-marked bones relative to the number of stone artefacts deposited at taphonomically comparable archaeological localities may be explicable in terms of different types of butchery activities conducted there, rather than strictly the timing of carcass access by hominins. Archaeological localities with higher artefact discard rates relative to raw material availability may represent an emphasis on activities associated with higher edge attrition (e.g. skinning or disarticulation).
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David R Braun
Briana L Pobiner
Jessica C Thompson
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2008
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Flake Tools (Auto Detected Subject))
Palaeolithic (Auto Detected Temporal)
Stone Tool (Auto Detected Subject))
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Bone (Auto Detected Subject))
Cut Mark (Auto Detected Subject))
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URI: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/03054403
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23 Jul 2008