A new approach to interpreting late Pleistocene microlith industries in southwest Asia

M. P. Neeley, C Michael Barton

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Abstract

Archaeologists have long assumed that morphological variability in microliths primarily reflects cultural differences among the makers. This forms the basis for differentiating major cultural/temporal traditions in the late Epipalaeolithic of southwest Asia. An alternative explanation for morphological variability is proposed which emphasizes the dynamic aspects of lithic technology in hunter-gatherer societies and questions current explanations of culture change.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)275-288
Number of pages14
JournalAntiquity
Volume68
Issue number259
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1994

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  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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