Download e-book for iPad: American Flintknappers: Stone Age Art in the Age of by John C. Whittaker

By John C. Whittaker

Making arrowheads, blades, and different stone instruments used to be a survival ability and remains to be a craft practiced via hundreds of thousands of flintknappers all over the world. within the usa, knappers assemble at nearby "knap-ins" to socialise, alternate rules and fabric, purchase and promote either gear and knapped artwork, and make stone instruments within the corporation of others. In among those gatherings, the knapping group remains hooked up via newsletters and the Internet.

In this booklet, avid knapper anthropologist John Whittaker bargains an insider's view of the knapping neighborhood. He explores why stone instruments allure sleek humans and what making them skill to those that pursue this artwork. He describes how new participants are included into the knapping group, how beginners examine the strategies of knapping and locate their roles in the team, how the group is dependent, and the way ethics, principles, and ideology approximately knapping are constructed 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 publication therefore records a desirable lifestyle of yankee lifestyles and introduces the broader public to an old and nonetheless lucrative craft.

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