9th Experimental Archaeology Conference poster – Teska

Identification of handedness through knapping gesture in experimental studies

Sebastian Teska

Adam Mickiewicz University

Since XIX century lateralisation in past societies is an important issue discussed in the scientific literature. According to the latest research asymmetry in development of cerebral hemispheres should be matched with humans language skills. The character of flint knapping technology gives an opportunity to learn plenty of information about a producer, including handedness. In this paper there is presented an actual state of research concerning markers of dominant hand preference, especially involving knapping gesture. They were verified during
experiment with a method proposed by author of this paper. The aim of the experiment was checking an influence of external factors like raw material morphology, complexity of the project or flintknapper experience on markers of handedness. Conclusions drawn from experiment may be useful in understanding correlates between those factors and flint knapping technology. Also they give an opportunity to extract characteristic forms and traces that can be observed in specified conditions, which would give further studies an advantage.

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