3rd Experimental Archaeology Conference Abstract – Harry Lerner
From the 3rd Experimental Archaeology Conference, Edinburgh, 2008.
Digital Imaging and GIS Analysis of Experimental and Archaeological Use-Wear Accrual Patterns: A New Integrated Methodology.
Dr. Harry J. Lerner
Experimentation in archaeology should involve the experimental testing of not only new hypotheses but new methodologies as well. This is especially true in the field of use-wear analysis or traceology. Applying digital techniques to the analysis of both experimental and archaeological use-related wear traces offers an opportunity to endow use-wear research with the kind of objective and systematic quantification that has long been sought after by use-wear researchers the world over. A new methodology that combines digital imaging and GIS is used to assess three-dimensionally the effects of both raw material and contact material variability on patterns of use-wear accrual. The late Archaic of the American Southwest is used as a test case to verify the effectiveness of the proposed methodology and to assess its potential for future applications.