5th Experimental Archaeology Conference Abstract – Leore Grosman and Gonen Sharon

From the 5th Experimental Archaeology Conference, Reading, 2011.

Can it be natural? The application of experimental data and 3D scanning to the study of Acheulian bifaces and the accumulation processes of their knapping by-products

Leore Grosman & Gonen Sharon

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Abstract: The results of a study applying 3D scanning and morphological mathematical analysis to a comparative study of Acheulian and experimental flint handaxe assemblages has been demonstrated to be very fruitful (Grosman et al. in press). Results of the current study present additional morphological criteria for the study of handaxes and their knapping by-products in Acheulian assemblages. The experiment involved the rolling of handaxes and basalt cobbles in a barrel, without a human agent, and resulted in distinctive retouch marks on the handaxes. In addition, the rolling produced flakes similar to knapping products. It is our goal to apply 3D analysis together with more traditional archaeological observations to help characterize these products and suggest some morphological criteria that can assist in the study of archaeological flint assemblages that may have been accumulated in high energy environments.

Additional information:

Computerized archaeology laboratory.

Gesher Benot Ya’aqov website


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