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Title

Size as a factor in middle palaeolithic assemblage variation in the old world: A North American perspective

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Lithic Analysis at the Millennium

First Page

137

Last Page

150

Abstract

Conventional views understand assemblage variation in essentialist terms th at correspond to ethnographic patterns at various levels. In North American Palaeoindian data, however, some variation is categorical but much is continuous and some is determined by assemblage size, a factor more often controlled than studied. A similar view emerges in the study of 146 Middle Palaeolithic assemblages from Europe and the Near East. There, degree of tool reduction also explains some variation in proportional frequency of tool 'types'. Despite obvious differences of time and place, similar formation processes operated in the cases. Norm and activity contribute to assemblage variation, but only among other factors like formation processes.

Original Publication Date

9-16-2016

Repository

UNI ScholarWorks, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

Language

en

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