1999 - Lithic Raw Materials and Their Implications on Assemblage Variation and Hominid Behavior During Bed II, Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania. 74Problems raised with the categorisation of active percussion elements are a good example of such ambiguities. Behaviour, 83, p. 265-286. It is difficult to assess whether this is due to the availability of cobbles of a determined size in the nearby streams, or whether it is an intentional selection of optimal blanks to be used as hammerstones. Chavaillon & Chavaillon 1981; Jones 1994; Toth 2001; Kleindienst & Keller 1976). Leiden, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, p. 153-167. Finally, in Olduvai Bed II there are quartz tools totally rounded by battering; these items can be considered as shaped or “genuine” spheroids, and compose stage 3 or the final phase of modification, once they have lost completely their original tabular shape. The pioneering work of Clark (1955) defines stone balls and similar items as pieces flaked until obtaining a spherical shape, which show intentional battering in order to blunt the ridges. 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Louis Leakey and the East African Evidence. Dynamics involved in the using of anvils are remarkably similar throughout the whole of the Bed I and II sequence. Chavaillon & Chavaillon 1976; Goren-Inbar et al. They are not particularly large items and could be handled easily. The essential difference is that core edges from choppers are created by intentional knapping processes aimed to obtain flakes, and do not present traces of battering or use. The multi-functionality of cores-hammerstones is particularly frequent in Bed I sites such as FLK Zinj and FLK North (where over 23% of the cores show battering marks), albeit they are also present in later assemblages such as FC West and both levels of TK. This is probably why in the original classification (Leakey 1971) some items were described as choppers and polyhedrons when they actually did not experience any knapping, but had instead been fractured by percussion processes. The quest for greater physiological relevance proceeded to the use of primary cells, preferably human if supply wa… 3). Mary Leakey (1971) divided the Olduvai Bed I & II lithic assemblages into four main categories: tools, utilised material. 6). Most of the objects analysed in this study had … Benjamin, Inc., p. 461-481. 2). A wheel shape with a flat end and rounded edges, the Oblate Spheroid carbide burr is to be used for cutting in, removal of material, carving and defining in many hard substances such as metals, stone, ceramic, porcelain, reinforced plastics and hard wood. Figure 5 - Example of a typical hammerstone with fracture angles from TK Upper Floor. 2000 - Preferential Processing of High Return Rate Marrow Bones by Oldowan Hominids: a Comment on Lupo. 12). OpenEdition Journals member – Published with Lodel – Administration only, You will be redirected to OpenEdition Search. Hugot et G. Souville (Eds. the lack of features that define knapping (presence/ absence of butts, bulbs, negative bulbs, scars, etc)-, instead of recording a list of traits that one or another tool type does show. 69Figure 22a shows that hammerstones with fracture angles have a similar weight to classic hammerstones and spheroids. Chavaillon (1979) differentiates two main groups; one is composed by battered cobbles and hammerstones, and another by fractured cobbles. Chavaillon (1979) subdivided the hammerstones and battered cobbles group into active hammerstones (which generally have a regular, oval or rounded shape) and passive hammerstones. ISAAC G. L. 1986 - Foundation stones: early artifacts as indicators of activities and abilities. TOTH N. 2001 - Experiments in quarrying large flake blanks at Kalambo Falls. 15The main requisite of hammerstones used for stone knapping is that the area of the piece that came into contact with the core maintains a compact and homogeneous structure. Even though they could ultimately be used for the same tasks as other spheroids, the morphological genesis process is different to that of tabular blanks, since quartz cobbles have a naturally rounded shape (fig. Journal of Human Evolution, 29, p. 21-51. However, the similarity is only morphological, for hammerstones with fracture angles show features that are not related to the principles of conchoidal fracture: there are no impact points on the negatives, nor do such impact points stem from the edge of the piece but from the central part of the negative. INIZAN M.-L., REDURON-BALLINER M., ROCHE H., TIXIER J. from knapping processes) actually had secondary importance in some Olduvai assemblages, in which there was a major focus on the intensive use of artefacts linked to percussion, perhaps bone marrow processing activities such as those proposed by Binford (1984) and Blumenschine (1986, 1995). Il est ainsi possible d´évaluer l´importance des activités de percussion par rapport aux opérations de taille dans certains assemblages, ce qui fournit des informations significatives concernant la fonction des sites en question. 1a-) and passive percussion elements (hard pieces that receive the force transmitted by another item, either to modify the transmitter object – fig. stone balls, smoothly rounded over the whole exterior . However, this pattern is not found at the assemblages we have analysed at Beds I and II: therein, the so-called outils écaillés are battered fragments randomly detached from anvils, rather than flakes obtained through the bipolar technique. As a result of this whole process, the surface of the block (C) between sides A and B is also modified, and numerous step and plunging scars are caused all around the periphery of the block. There are two patterns within the group of hammerstones with fracture angles. The main requisite of hammerstones used for stone knapping is that the area of the piece that came into contact with the core maintains a compact and homogeneous structure. Darwin’s theory was that organisms evolve as a result of many slight changes over the c… Instead of replacing the hammerstone or using an undamaged area from the same piece -as occurs with classic hammerstones- in this case the damaged angles are used to continue banging the passive item, so that the surface used for striking becomes heavily fractured (see fig. This work was funded by the Programa de Estancias Breves del Plan FPU of the Ministerio de Educación y Cultura (Spain) and the Estades per a la Recerca a Fora de Catalunya 2001 (BEAI400198) of the Generalitat de Catalunya. Chicago, University of Chicago Press, p. 565-573. 34According to Schick and Toth (1994), the systematic use of exhausted quartz cores as hammers would have led to heavily battered rounded items. MORA R., de la TORRE I. This selection is probably related to the greater proximity of streams transporting lava cobbles, and to the natural shape of the blanks, since most of the lavas show rounded fluvial forms that facilitate their use as knapping hammerstones. Journal of Human Evolution, 43, p. 291-321. TK Lower and Upper Floors) in length and 555 gr. 23Sometimes it is difficult to distinguish negatives generated involuntarily by percussion activities from those made by knapping. Ignacio de la Torre and Rafael Mora, « A technological analysis of non-flaked stone tools in Olduvai Beds I & II. anthropology archaeology Ice Age Indians Native Americans Pleistocene stone points Washington State Posted on March 18, 2015 • … 41Concerning the study of Olduvai spheroids, the first problem concerns the differentiation between human-made artefacts and pieces with naturally rounded forms. Rise and Diversity of the Lower Paleolithic Record. In spite of this, we believe that, based on the stage of use in which the items were discarded, a distinction can be made between techno-morphological categories, and that such classification can help to discriminate tasks undertaken at each site. Figure 2 - Examples of classic knapping hammerstones from DKFigure 2 - Exemples de percuteurs liés à la taille classique du site DK, Figure 3 - Distribution by raw materials of the knapping hammerstones in some sites of the Olduvai sequenceFigure 3 - Distribution par matières premières des percuteurs de quelques sites de la séquence d’Olduvai. 1979 - Essai pour une typologie du matériel de percussion. Bulletin de la Societé Préhistorique Française, 86, p. 196-200. They represent what we call the first step (stage 1) of use of the quartz blocks, and include the various types of hammerstones with fracture angles described above. 64After describing above the technological and morphological features of percussive tools, in this section a quantitative assessment of percussion items will be presented, with a view to evaluating the relevance of percussion processes on each assemblage. In L. Balout (Ed. Figure 8 - Détail d’arêtes intactes de choppers de FLK North. 53As aforementioned, Leakey (1971) referred to shaped anvils in the Developed Oldowan, in which the flat upper and lower surfaces of blocks would be accompanied by flaking of the circumference. Stressing the relevance of percussion activities in the African Lower Pleistocene », PALEO, Numéro spécial | -1, 13-34. 18Another noticeable trend is the metrical homogeneity of classic hammerstones throughout the Olduvai sequence. If the ridges had also been used for the chopping activities the typological definition proposes, battering marks also should appear on the edges. These pitted anvils are described as boulders and cobbles with pecked depressions (isolated or in pairs) which would be associated with the bipolar flaking technique and the obtaining of outils écaillés (Leakey & Roe 1994). Bone Clones® stone tool … This would explain some of the mismatches with Leakey’s (1971) classification, who included in the, category of flaked objects items that we believe do not correspond to débitage or façonnage processes, but instead to percussion activities (fig. Figure 11 - Example of a quartz cobble with a cortical surface mod, Figure 11 - Exemple de galet de quartz de FC West présentant une surface corticale modifiée par percussion. Your browser does not support JavaScript! When pounding items continue being used, battering spread all over the piece and ridges collapse, blunting the original facetted shape of quartz blocks. 1991 - Vein Quartz. Figure 1 - Diagram of the different modalities of interaction between active and passive percussion elementsFigure 1 - Schémas des différentes modalités d’interaction entre éléments de percussion actifs et passifs, 13Active hammerstones used for knapping activities. Other quantitative tests (i.e. Excavations in Beds I and II, 1960-1963. 71Zooarchaeologists have highlighted the relevance of percussion processes carried out in the early archaeological sites (i.e. 1997), in the Olduvai sequence (Leakey 1971; Leakey & Roe 1994) and at Melka Kunturé (Chavaillon 1979; Chavaillon & Chavaillon 1976, 1981; Chavaillon & Piperno 2004), these percussive items are abundant, and have been used as chrono-cultural markers to differentiate the Oldowan from the Developed Oldowan (e.g. ), Bone modification. ), Kalambo Falls Prehistoric Site, Vol III: The Earlier Cultures: Middle and Earlier Stone Age. the concentrated picking in some areas caused by the placement of a core on the anvil’s platform), but rather suggest heavy-duty activities involving severe pounding of items. Those flakes can then be used as ad hoc tools, or reworked into stone tools… According to Leakey (1971), spheroids and subspheroids were intentionally shaped, but Isaac and his collaborators believed they were simple hammerstones. Caractères techniques de l´Oldowayen de Gomboré I a Melka-Konturé. 1a-) and passive percussion elements (hard pieces that receive the force transmitted by another item, either to modify the transmitter object – fig. ), Préhistoire Africaine, Mélanges au Doyen Lionel Balout. 8Subsequent classification systems followed Leakey (1971), while introducing some variations. 57Given their morphological patterns, several types of what we denominate “positives detached from the anvil” (see fig. As stated above, it is likely that many hammerstones with fracture angles were used precisely for chopping activities. KYARA O. In G. L. Isaac (Ed. Although there is a gradual increase of the frequency of quartz battered tools (fig. It has been proposed that the hammerstone is the key piece to distinguish between the way humans and other animals use tools, since only the former consider the hammerstone as an intermediary tool used to obtain another artefact (the flake), whilst in ethologic contexts, the hammerstone is used directly for individual tasks –to break a nut, an egg, etc. Nonetheless, such skills have been usually discussed by the assessment of knapping abilities, whereas systematic analysis of percussion tools in the Early Stone Age are not abundant (e.g. ), Cultural beginnings: approaches to understanding early hominid lifeways in the African savannah. ISAAC B. Figure 6 - Diagram of the process entailing the fracturing of the hammerstone that leads to the detachment of fragmen, Figure 6 - Schéma du processus impliquant la fracturation du percuteur qui conduit au détachement de fragments des deux côtés du bord. HomeIssuesNuméro spécialA technological analysis of non-f... Dans cette contribution, les activités de percussion des sites des Beds I et II d´Olduvai sont réexaminées à partir de l’étude des assemblages recueillis par Mary Leakey dans les années 1960. 3. and EC Alvord Jr. 1. Alongside this type of hammers with battering distributed along several fracture planes, there are others in which percussion seems to have focused on one ridge, attaining a dihedral angle (fig. TOTH N. 1982 - The Stone Technologies of Early Hominids at Koobi Fora, Kenya; An Experimental Approach. Both samples from FC West Occupation FloorB) Detail of the battering on the ridge of a hammerstone with fracture angles from FLK North (Level 5), Figure 8 - Detail of the intact ridges of choppers from FLK North. In fact, many of the cortical areas opposite the knapping surface show visible battering that is indicative of their multi-faceted use as hammerstones. 17), this is a common pattern among all lithic categories in Bed II, and is therefore not exclusive to the items involved in percussion activities (i.e. Volume 5. BUNN H. T. 1989 - Diagnosing Plio-Pleistocene Hominid Activity with Bone Fracture Evidence. As a result of this whole process, the surface of the block (C) between sides A and B is also modified, and numerous step and plunging scars are caused all around the periphery of the block. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, p. 600-604. Although we have no descriptions of the anvils resulting from anvil-chipping technique experiments, which up to now have been focused on the analysis of cores and flakes (Shen & Wang 2000), it is unlikely that the Olduvai anvils were related to that activity; in Oldowan sites such as FLK North, flakes are always small sized, and in Acheulean assemblages such as TK, large flakes seem to have been detached by direct percussion with a hard hammerstone. Bone Clones® stone tool casts are made of polyurethane resin. To ensure the shaft is maximum strength, I printed it out horizontally rather than … Moreover, step and plunging scars cover most of the surface, forming blunted areas with angles unsuitable for obtaining flakes. Therefore, Olduvai polyhedrons and subspheroids/ spheroids could not be consecutive stages of the same chaîne opératoire, since raw materials used in the production of each artefact type are different. In R. Bonnichsen et M. H. 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