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Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 2015 Nov 19;370(1682). pii: 20140354. doi: 10.1098/rstb.2014.0354.

Identifying bipolar knapping in the Mesolithic site of Font del Ros (northeast Iberia).

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1
Centre d'Estudis del Patrimoni Arqueològic de la Prehistoria (CEPAP), Facultat de Filosofia i Lletres, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Bellaterra 08193, Spain javier.roda@uab.cat.
2
Centre d'Estudis del Patrimoni Arqueològic de la Prehistoria (CEPAP), Facultat de Filosofia i Lletres, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Bellaterra 08193, Spain.

Abstract

Despite recent advances in the identification of bipolar knapping, its role in many sites is not well known. We propose to assess the significance of this technique in the context of changes that occur in the Mesolithic. A lithic assemblage was recovered from unit SG at Font del Ros (Catalunya, Spain) in which pitted stones, cores and products arising from bipolar reduction (flakes, fragments and splintered pieces) were identified. This study indicates that the bipolar technique is fundamental in the settlement. These results are key to defining the organization of Holocene hunter-gatherer subsistence in northeast Iberia.

KEYWORDS:

Iberian peninsula; Mesolithic; bipolar knapping; lithic technology; macrolithic tools

PMID:
26483532
PMCID:
PMC4614717
DOI:
10.1098/rstb.2014.0354
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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