Quartzite and Vein Quartz as Lithic Raw Materials Reconsidered: View from the Korean Paleolithic

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2004
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Seong, Chuntaek
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University of Hawai'i Press (Honolulu)
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The present study challenges the widespread notion of an unchanging crude technology of quartzite and vein quartz assemblages in the Korean Paleolithic. Though mostly coarse and tough, the raw materials vary in texture, homogeneity, and thus quality in lithic manufacture, which in turn is the main reason why there is significant variability in the lithic technology. In contrast to the common impressionistic assumption, these materials produce not only large tools but also small flake tools. The exam.ination of Paleolithic assemblages from the middle Korean Peninsula shows differences in raw material use in making artifacts of various form and size. Using the local raw materials, which allowed for hard and sharp edges when flaked, was a very effective strategy in lithic technology. KEYWORDS: lithic technology, Paleolithic, quartzite.
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lithic technology, Paleolithic, quartzite
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Seong, C. 2004. Quartzite and Vein Quartz as Lithic Raw Materials Reconsidered: View from the Korean Paleolithic. Asian Perspectives 43 (1): 73-91.
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