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by Archaeology Newsroom

The hammering of stone in the Palaeolithic period

Stone implements are the only material remnants which permit us to follow the evolution and differentiation of technology throughout the Palaeolithic period. They supply composite information which, to be understood, needs to be decoded and interpreted. The basic technical components, knowledge, materials and actions, are correlated and form standards, quite recognizable even in the early phases of human activity. The technological approach enables us to analyse the basic methods for the hammering and carving of stone and to determine the ideas leading to these endeavours during the Lower, Middle and Upper Palaeolithic period. We present in this article the various versions of stone carving techniques as well as the methods of manufacturing stone implements through a simple or complex procedure. Stone carving techniques clarify a. certain ways hunters and food collectors thought at that time and their ways of dealing with the environment as a source of raw materials;b. the degree of technical innovations, both their conception in the abstract and their organized realization; and c. the introduction of technical novelties and their coexistence or combination with the technical standards with a future to them.