Fractures in Knapping (Tsirk 2014)

P.R. Preston


“This book outlines the basics of fractography and fracture mechanics from the premise that these are essential to lithic research. That is, understanding the formation, meaning and analytical potential of fracture markings (Tsirk 2014, ix & 1) — known to lithicists as attributes (sensu Odell 2003, 87; Hranicky 2013, 101) — is fundamental to a complete comprehension of lithic chaîne opératoire. Consequently, Tsirk distilled his teaching notes (Tsirk 1997) augmented with his published work into a summary (Adams 2015, 135–136). However, a few issues make it less presentable. . . .”

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