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Journal Article

Beyond Tools: Middle Paleolithic Debitage Analysis and Cultural Inference

Paul R. Fish
Journal of Anthropological Research
Vol. 37, No. 4 (Winter, 1981), pp. 374-386
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3629834
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Abstract

In recognition of the ubiquitous presence of debitage and the often unique circumstances under which it becomes incorporated in the Paleolithic archaeological record, the potential of this artifact category for behavioral interpretation is explored by various comparative methods. Assemblages from Combe Grenal, Corbiac, Pech de l'Azé, Qafzeh, and Tabun were examined for qualitative and quantitative attributes. The resulting data is analyzed in conjunction with other information concerning overall assemblage characteristics. This study of debitage provides a basis for cultural interpretation concerning the correlation between lithic wastes and raw material, selective processes, regional variability, and patterning within technological and typological facies.

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