By John C. Whittaker
Making arrowheads, blades, and different stone instruments used to be a survival ability and remains to be a craft practiced through millions of flintknappers worldwide. within the usa, knappers assemble at local "knap-ins" to socialise, alternate principles and fabric, purchase and promote either apparatus and knapped paintings, and make stone instruments within the corporation of others. In among those gatherings, the knapping neighborhood remains hooked up via newsletters and the Internet.
In this publication, avid knapper anthropologist John Whittaker deals an insider's view of the knapping neighborhood. He explores why stone instruments allure glossy humans and what making them skill to people who pursue this paintings. He describes how new participants are included into the knapping group, how rookies study the innovations of knapping and locate their roles in the workforce, how the group is dependent, and the way ethics, principles, and ideology approximately knapping are built and transmitted. He additionally explains how the perform of knapping pertains to expert archaeology, the exchange in sleek replicas of stone instruments, and the forgery of artifacts. Whittaker's booklet therefore files a desirable tradition of yank lifestyles and introduces the broader public to an old and nonetheless lucrative craft.
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