Stone-Tool Demography: Reduction Distributions in North American Paleoindian Tools
Contribution to Book
Stone tools “age” by reduction during use. Like individuals, each tool “ages” (is reduced) to some particular degree; like populations, sets of tools “age” (are reduced) to varying degrees expressed as reduction distributions. I fit distributions of North American Paleoindian tools to mathematical models, both for efficient description and to identify processes that govern discard. Reduction analysis is the thoughtful use of surprisingly simple measurements and practices to reveal both dimensions of past behavior and how the archaeological record formed.
New Perspectives on Old Stones
Shott, Michael J., "Stone-Tool Demography: Reduction Distributions in North American Paleoindian Tools" (2010). Anthropology and Classical Studies Faculty Research. 369.