By John C. Whittaker
Making arrowheads, blades, and different stone instruments was a survival ability and continues to be a craft practiced by means of hundreds of thousands of flintknappers world wide. within the usa, knappers assemble at neighborhood "knap-ins" to socialise, trade principles and fabric, purchase and promote either gear and knapped artwork, and make stone instruments within the corporation of others. In among those gatherings, the knapping group remains hooked up via newsletters and the Internet.
In this booklet, avid knapper anthropologist John Whittaker bargains an insider's view of the knapping neighborhood. He explores why stone instruments allure smooth humans and what making them capacity to those that pursue this artwork. He describes how new contributors are integrated into the knapping neighborhood, how beginners study the innovations of knapping and locate their roles in the staff, how the group is established, and the way ethics, ideas, and ideology approximately knapping are built and transmitted. He additionally explains how the perform of knapping pertains to expert archaeology, the alternate in smooth replicas of stone instruments, and the forgery of artifacts. Whittaker's ebook therefore files a desirable way of life of yank existence and introduces the broader public to an historic and nonetheless profitable craft.
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Extra resources for American Flintknappers. Stone Age Art in the Age of Computers
Fancy spears may be fakes” made by a Southwestern Indian from old points. Tussinger apparently started small in the late s, and it was only around or so that he began selling large numbers of larger pieces From Fakes and Experiments to Knap-ins — — and asking higher prices. I think he was trying to take advantage of recent news of the destruction of one of the most important sites in America. Between and , a large Caddoan burial mound, part of a mound and village complex in Spiro, Oklahoma, was butchered by commercial diggers (Brown ; Clements ; Hamilton ; Phillips and Brown ).
Waldorf pressure flaking on a bench. Fort Osage, . . Quentin Wells pressure flaking into hand pad with an Ishi stick. The long handle and the pressure of the legs add force. Fort Osage, . . Alan Cantrell making obsidian pressure blades with a chest crutch. The boards form a vise holding the core, and the antler tip of the crutch rests on the platform. A previous long blade of black obsidian lies on the edge of the leather pad. Fort Osage, . — — A F Copper tools are a good example of how the details of technology reflect deeper themes in the knappers’ world.
Others felt that not only did copper produce subtle differences in the flakes and edges of points, but that because it was significantly easier to use and not available to most prehistoric people, replications made with copper were not as good and taught us little about prehistoric knapping (Callahan and Crabtree : ; Del Bene ). J. B. Sollberger, a much-admired Texas knapper, went so far as to say, “I had lots of fun with copper but regret the wasted years of its use” (Sollberger b), because he felt it prevented him from really understanding how Folsom points were made.