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TECHNOLOGY AS CONTEXT FOR OBSIDIAN HYDRATION STUDIES

Michael F. Rondeau
Lithic Technology
Vol. 22, No. 1 (Spring 1997), pp. 86-98
Published by: Taylor & Francis, Ltd.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23273116
Page Count: 13
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TECHNOLOGY AS CONTEXT FOR OBSIDIAN HYDRATION STUDIES
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Abstract

Anomalous obsidian hydration band width readings have plagued interpretive endeavors and have been used to question the general utility of obsidian hydration as a method for establishing relative chronologies. It is argued that many anomalous band width readings follow from a failure to establish context and, therefore, appropriate controls for sample selection. The results of recent techno-hydration studies indicate that numerous anomalies can be explained. A range of interpretive benefits from combining technological and hydration analyses are recognized.

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