Works in Stone

Contemporary Perspectives on Lithic Analysis

Whether done by Stone Age hunters or artisans in ancient civilizations, the transformation of resistant stone into useful implements required skills with a high level of sophistication. Because stone tools are durable, today we have a lithic record to explain past behavior and the evolution of culture over long spans. Interpretive and analytical approaches to the study of stone tools, however, are often treated as independent, disconnected specialties. Works in Stone provides a broad look at the field of lithic analysis by bringing together a cross section of recent research. Scholars present a diverse range of concepts and methods with case studies that extend to every continent and contexts ranging from the Paleolithic to late prehistory. Showcasing the latest research of lithic analysts, Works in Stone provides a cohesive overview of recent methods and conclusions.

Michael Shott is a professor at the University of Akron. He is the editor of two previous collections and author of three site monographs and more than 100 articles and book chapters.

Praise and Reviews:
“The diversity of approaches provides students with the ability to become familiar with the field of lithic analysis in a broad sense, quickly. Instead of an entire book on one particular aspect of lithic analysis, which has been commonplace in the past, this volume presents the reader with a more holistic view of lithic analysis, what it can offer, questions it can address.”—Bill Schindler III, Associate Professor, Archaeology and Anthropology, Washington College, Maryland

“[The book] is significant because each individual author has brought attention to a theoretical approach or method of analysis that allows lithic analysis to make a greater contribution to social questions in archaeology, beyond issues of simple form and dating.”—Brian Kooyman, University of Calgary, Archaeology

“A sample of papers that reflects the breadth of contemporary lithic studies.”—Journal of Anthropological Research

“A powerhouse of geographical, chronological and methodological breadth.… Works in Stone reminds us that as sophisticated as research has become, there is room for new questions and novel frameworks.”—Canadian Journal of Archaeology