We discuss the results of an experiment which was designed to explore post-depositional damage observed on prehistoric bifaces. Often, post-depositional damages are inflicted when the artifacts are rolled by rivers or waves, and their edges are chipped off by battering. This process was simulated in the experiment, where the damage history was recorded by 3D scanning of the artifacts. The resulting data set was analyzed and the damage patterns were established. To anchor our findings in the Archaeological context, we scanned an assemblage of lithic tools which are known to have undergone battering and damage in a river bed. The implications of our findings to the study of the morphology of lithic tools and their typology are discussed.
|Title of host publication
|Scientific Computing and Cultural Heritage
|Hans Georg Bock, Willi Jäger, Michael J. Winckler
|Place of Publication
|Springer Berlin Heidelberg
|Number of pages
|Published - 2013