By Juan Gibaja Bao, Nuno Bicho, Joao Marreiros
The importance of use-wear experiences in archaeological study performs a massive position as a proxy to prehistoric techno-cultural reconstruction. the current quantity, divided into 5 thematic sections, contains chapters discussing a number of assorted examine equipment, strategies, chronologies and areas. As such, this quantity can be of curiosity to either archaeologists and anthropologists.
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Recently, functional analysis stepped beyond the interpretation of artefacts per se and embraced wider (and eventually more interesting) questions related to past human behaviour in its cultural, social, economical and adaptive senses (González and Ibáñez 1994; Gassin 1996; Ibáñez and González 1996; Gibaja 2002). But, is the present state of the art of use-wear methods solid enough for such a step forward or does it has important gaps that need urgent solutions? 2. Functional analysis As mentioned above, functional analysis is based on systematic experimentation, a basic principle of the scientific method.
When both lab and archaeological assemblages are similar, archaeologists believe they have found the possible activity performed, and the material used in the past (Keely 1980; Moss 1983; Odell and Odell-Vereecken 1980; Vaughan 1985). This apparently simple correlation has constantly faced several constraints. g. ). Some researchers argue that many wear traces cannot be associated with confidence to one specific task or material and, thus, many of them discard this method as a reliable tool to understand past human behaviour (Grace 1996; Keeley 1974; Shea & Klenck 1993).
2006. Reflexiones en torno a las características formales de los útiles líticos: una visión desde el análisis traceológico. Promontoria, Ano 4 (4): 53-68. —. 2007. Estudios de traceología y funcionalidad. Praxis archaeologica. Associação Portuguesa de Arqueólogos 2: 49-74. 42 Chapter Four Ibáñez, J. , González, J. E. 2003. Use-wear in the 1990s in western Europe: Potential and limitations of a method. ; Shott, M. , Eds. - Lithic analysis at the millennium. p. 163-168 Gibaja, J. & Palomo, A. 2004.