Title

Residues on stone artefacts : state of a scientific art

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

January 1996

Abstract

It is a startling experience to look down a microscope at a stone tool — a real Palaeolithic artefact, not a modern thing or a replicated copy — and see on its flint surface grubby brown-red stains that look the colour of old blood. Is a consensus emerging from the archaeological scientists as to just what traces of, especially, biological materials do survive on ancient stone surfaces, where they can be reliably characterized and identified?

Journal

Antiquity

Volume

70

Issue

270

First Page

740

Last Page

745

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