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By John C. Whittaker

Making arrowheads, blades, and different stone instruments was a survival ability and remains to be a craft practiced by means of hundreds of thousands of flintknappers all over the world. within the usa, knappers assemble at neighborhood "knap-ins" to socialise, trade rules and fabric, purchase and promote either apparatus and knapped artwork, 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 group. He explores why stone instruments allure smooth humans and what making them potential to people who pursue this paintings. He describes how new contributors are included into the knapping group, how rookies examine the recommendations of knapping and locate their roles in the team, how the group is established, and the way ethics, ideas, and ideology approximately knapping are built and transmitted. He additionally explains how the perform of knapping pertains to specialist archaeology, the exchange in glossy replicas of stone instruments, and the forgery of artifacts. Whittaker's booklet hence records a desirable way of life of yankee existence and introduces the broader public to an old and nonetheless lucrative craft.

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Over the years, the knap-in at Fort Osage has grown from a small group of friends to a major event, with all the trappings of a small temporary culture, a short tribal gathering. As such, it has its own rules and organization. Although there is little obvious formal structure to the knap-in, there are, in fact, regular patterns of behavior and expectations, and certain key individuals shape the flow of events and the experiences of other knappers like myself. Before I discuss the social life of knap-ins and the meanings of the craft, it will be useful to explain a little bit of the history and techniques of flintknapping.

In March of , Hobbies: The Magazine for Collectors ran a photograph of Tussinger specimens captioned “These delicate implements, says Charles W. Grimes, owner, came from a mound in southwest Missouri. ” A followup in the January  issue explained that now there was more information available, and gave Tussinger as the finder, and Oklahoma as the location. Clements and Reed were cited as believing them genuine, and the Maya connection was mentioned. A final note the next month appears to refer to the same material, and warns that according to a Mr.

People were trying hard wood billets, and phenolic resin as a synthetic antlerlike material that was actually cheaper than antler (Callahan b). Copper is easily made into tools with shapes and handles familiar to the modern hand. More importantly, it is somewhat harder and heavier than antler, although softer than many hammerstones. This means that the hammer can contact a smaller surface, and the fracture of the flake begins more rapidly, with less shock to the piece. Great force can be applied and large flakes removed, and less careful preparation of platforms is necessary.

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