You are here

The gesture substratum of stone tool making: an experimental approach

TitleThe gesture substratum of stone tool making: an experimental approach
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsGERIBÀS ARMENGOL, N., M. MOSQUERA, and J. M. VERGÈS
JournalAnnali dell’Università di Ferrara, Museologia Scientifica e Naturalistica
Volume6
Pages155-162
PublisherUniversità di Ferrara
Place PublishedFerrara
Publication LanguageEnglish
ISSN Number1824-2707
Abstract

In this paper, we present an experiment to evaluate the gestures that preceded stone knapping. The goal of the present research was to shed light into the emergence of stone tools. We compared the knapping performed by expert and novice knappers. From this comparison, we hypothesized about the role non-human primate-like technological behaviours, such as nut-cracking, play on the dawn of lithic technology. Our results point to some continuity between these activities and stone knapping.
Consequently, they highlight the urgency of researches and experiments especially designed to evaluate the magnitude of this connexion.