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Hunting with talc? Experiments into the functionality of certain Late Neolithic ground projectile points from the site of Liangchengzhen, Peoples Republic of China

TitleHunting with talc? Experiments into the functionality of certain Late Neolithic ground projectile points from the site of Liangchengzhen, Peoples Republic of China
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsCUNNAR, G., W. SCHINDLER, A. UNDERHILL, F. LUAN, and H. FANG
JournalEthnoarchaeology. Journal of Archaeological, Ethnographic, and Experimental Studies
Volume1
Issue2
Pages185-212
Journal Date10/2009
Short TitleEthnoarchaeology
PublisherLeft Coast Press Inc.
Place PublishedWalnut Creek, CA
Publication LanguageEnglish
ISSN Number1944-2890
ISBN Number978-1-59874-837-6
Abstract

Collaborative excavations by the Shandong University and Field Museum at the Longshan Period site of Liangchengzhen in eastern Shandong Province, China have uncovered over 200 projectile points constructed from several prevalent material types of varying hardness. The majority of the points were finished by grinding. The smaller percentage were finished by pressure flaking. Raw materials utilized in projectile point manufacture included chlorite schist, chert and talc schist. To better understand their efficiency as projectile weapons, several of the points were replicated and tested in well controlled penetration experiments. While it is argued that talc schist projectile points could have functioned as weapons, they were also likely highly symbolic tools constructed and used for ceremonial or other non-utilitarian purposes.

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