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  Picking up the pieces: Reconstructing Lithic production strategies at a Late Holocene obsidian quarry in Southern Kenya

Goldstein, S. T. (2018). Picking up the pieces: Reconstructing Lithic production strategies at a Late Holocene obsidian quarry in Southern Kenya. Journal of Field Archaeology, 43(2), 85-101. doi:10.1080/00934690.2018.1426958.

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Goldstein, Steven T.1, Author              
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1Archaeology, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Max Planck Society, ou_2074312              

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 Abstract: Use of particular lithic quarries by different cultural groups is a prominent feature of the Pastoral Neolithic period in southern Kenya (ca. 3200–1400 b.p.), when lifeways based on herding domesticated livestock spread through eastern Africa. Here, I present lithic attributes from the recently excavated Elmenteitan Obsidian Quarry assemblage to examine the site’s role in an obsidian distribution network spanning southwestern Kenya. Evidence from the quarry reflects intensive preparation of blade cores and blade reduction. Changes in platform size, flake scar orientation, curvature, and cortical rates through the reduction sequence permit a preliminary reconstruction of Elmenteitan core production strategies that can serve as a basis for regional comparative studies. Uniformity in blade core design and reduction strategy suggests highly organized use of the quarry and supports its role as a production center for regional exchange. Results inform regional debates and contribute to a growing literature on the potential of quarry archaeology.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2018-02-042018
 Publication Status: Published in print
 Pages: 18
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 Rev. Method: Peer
 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1080/00934690.2018.1426958
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Title: Journal of Field Archaeology
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Publ. Info: Boston : Boston University.
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 43 (2) Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 85 - 101 Identifier: ISSN: 0093-4690
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/954925464191