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Rethinking Use-Wear Analysis and Experimentation as Applied to the Study of Past Hominin Tool Use

In this paper we discuss major topic related to use-wear analysis and, the importance of archaeological experimentation. As needed, we review the state-of-the-art on use-wear methods and experiments and, at the same time, hightlight the need of methodological standards and protocols. One of the most importance aspects discussed in our study is also the holistic perspective that researchers should take when inferring on stone tool use.

The effect of numerical aperture on quantitative use-wear studies and its implication on reproducibility

Use-wear studies rely heavily on experiments and reference collections to infer the function of archeological artifacts. Sequential experiments, in particular, are necessary to understand how use-wear develops. Consequently, it is crucial to analyze …

Why should traceology learn from dental microwear, and vice-versa?

Interdisciplinarity leads to fundamental knowledge and methods combination between disciplines. Having this in mind, in this paper we track all major theoretical and methodological developments on two closed-related disciplines, dental microwear and use-wear. The main goal here was to discuss how the two disciplines improved and, at the same time, how much still need to be done in order to combine both methodologies and approaches. While methods seems to that have been established in one discipline, they tend to be marginally applied in the other.

Traceology and Controlled Experiments

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