6th Experimental Archaeology Conference Poster Abstract – Danielle Davies

Breaking Point – A new method for assessing impact fractures

Danielle Davies

A PDF of this poster (copyright of the author) is available here.

Department of Archaeology, University of Exeter, UK

This poster will detail a new approach to impact fracture experiments, in particular those regarding projectile point damage, which sees knapped stone substituted for porcelain clay. Unlike traditional methods which use flaked stone tips, this approach affords greater control over variables (such as size, shape and weight) by use of a single mould, is considerably more time efficient, and can be conducted by anyone with a basic ability in pressure-flaking. Its merits will be discussed alongside the experiment which piloted the method, including potential avenues for future research.

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