Lithic Technology 7 - Introduction to Middle Paleolithic Tool Technology

As you saw in the introduction to stone tool technology presented with the material on Olduvai Gorge, an appreciation for changes in the manufacturing technology of stone tools is critical to our understanding of the development of early human societies.

You have already seen the preliminary part of this stack on the basics of fracture mechanics and the early technologies up to the Acheulean Handaxe Industry. You may want to review some of this material as you go along. The two sections to concentrate on for this exercise are the descriptions of the Levallois Technique and the Disc Core Technique, which are presented in order after the Acheulean.

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