Prehension and Hafting Traces on Flint Tools [book]

Veerle ROTS
2010 unpublished
U se wear research is based upon a very simple principle-that friction between two mediums results in traces on both mediums. Thus, the frictions within both hand-held and hafted tools are logically equally real and should result in traces. Yet up to now there has been no experimental research into the creation of such traces, despite being acknowledged by Semenov's pioneering research (1964: 14). Prehension and Hafting Traces on Flint Tools: A Methodology relies upon Rot's doctoral research
more » ... formed during 1997-2002 at the Prehistoric Archaeology unit at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium) under the direction of Pieere M. Vermeersch. The subject matter is as the title suggests, a methodology allowing for the identification and interpretation of prehension (referring to a hand-held use of tools) and hafting traces on flint tools, two aspects of a flint tool which are often ignored. The book is composed of acknowledgements, eleven chapters, two annexes, and an additional CD-ROM containing additional data, tables, and images. There are 289 figures, 204 plates and a short glossary explaining the key terms. The book begins by highlighting the problems with this area of research. Firstly, that no hafting experiments have been undertaken on a systematic basis; previous attempts remain unsystematic and lack sound methodologies. Secondly, that prehension is often neglected in favour of focussing on the (supposed) working edges. With the skepticism that microwear research has received, it is not surprising that these areas of interest did not occur sooner. Researchers are more often than not drawn to the more obvious areas of use (the working edges), so it comes as no surprise that prehension and hafting wear has never been a priority. By highlighting these problems early on, Rots clearly and concisely identifies the niche that this research fills. Rots then provides an overview of the history of both prehension and hafting studies, before ending the introduction by highlighting the importance of this study for archaeological interpretation, specifically by reinforcing the notion that the dynamics of hafting have a big impact at each stage of the life cycle of the tool (raw material procurement, haft manufacture, hafting procedure, tool use, tool manufacture, re-hafting, tool recycling, and discard) and strongly influences the archaeological record. In order to overcome the limitations of previous microwear attempts, Rots' methodology is extensive, covering 29 pages. This second chapter-Research Methodology-covers the research strategy, hafting arrangements: terminology and classifications, hafting materials, experimentation, and the methods of analysis. The experiments were undertaken in collaboration with CENTREP (
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