BOOK REVIEW There is an easy answer to the obvious question of why a book about Australian lithic artifacts is being reviewed in a journal dedicated to African archaeology. Simply put, this book provides an excellent and practical introduction to how lithic artifacts are described, the varied qualitative and quantitative approaches to their study, and a comprehensive review of current interpretive theories. A Record in Stone thus serves as a useful guide to how lithic artifacts and their attributes are classified, and the many ways in which they can be used to address key questions about human evolution and adaptation. The integration of those aspects peculiar to Australian assemblages into a broader context is informed by the extensive research experience of Holdaway and Stern. In addition to studying Australian and Tasmanian assemblages, both authors have worked and published on various European Middle Paleolithic and African Early Stone Age sites, and many examples throughout the book will be familiar to African archaeologists. While it is unlikely that any single volume will provide the ideal text for all who teach lithic analysis, A Record in Stone is an excellent foundation for any advanced undergraduate or graduate seminar. It provides a
Journal of African Archaeology – Brill
Published: Oct 25, 2005
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