"the lithics site"
a resource for archaeological lithic analysts

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     Like many disciplines, archaeology has rapidly embraced new technologies as they have become available. However, archaeology may very well be a unique case. While their training places them solidly within the social sciences or even humanities, archaeologists are routinely forced to acquire skills and knowledge from outside their core discipline in order to make the great jump from the material record to a level where they can gain insight into human behavior . As their analytical toolkit has evolved, an increasingly complex mixture of interdisciplinary knowledge has been required to keep pace.

     While those who contribute to archaeology may come from all the other scholarly disciplines, it is the archaeologists who typically must coordinate the research efforts, pull together all of the resulting information, and conduct the final analysis. This feat requires access to a wide range of knowledge.

     The material evidence of our collective past, namely the tools, architectural remains, art forms, and incidental products of past activities, is aptly called the "archaeological record". While a variety of materials are preserved, including ceramics and organic materials, the great majority is recorded in stone.

     From these lithic materials, a great deal of information can be culled. The sources of raw materials tell us about procurement and exchange patterns. The nature of the materials and their finished products tell us about technology, skill, and shared learning. Some of the artifacts can also be dated, providing us with more precise chronologies.

     In order to conduct research in this niche, archaeologists must be able to draw on the wealth of the earth sciences as well as cross-disciplinary fields such as archaeometry and material sciences. This webliography is intended to aid in this endeavor, providing links not only to archaeological sites of value to lithic archaeologists, but also to relevant sites from those other fields as well.

     Not all of "the lithics site" is devoted to academic pursuits. Those with an avocational interest or just curiousity will also find some sites of interest. And, if you prefer more human interaction, see the sections on Discussion Lists & Newsgroups, Technology Concerns (including flint knappering sites), and commercial concerns (NO artifacts for sale).

     This site is ever-growing, and new items, marked NEW! are added weekly. Most items are Web-based or described online. While I endeavor to link to useful and informative pages, neither I, nor any unit of the University at Buffalo, is responsible for their content, nor should the inclusion of any item in this resource be seen as a statement about the quality of information it provides. Caveat lictor!!

     A number of items are marked LOCAL! . Some are documents, like bibliographies or manuscripts, that have been contributed by colleagues to share useful information. There is also some information about locally maintained publications and facilities.

     If you have any comments, find any outdated information in this site, or wish to add to this site in any way, please let me know through the address below!

     FYI, a version of this resources has been published in issue 22, Spring 1999, of Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, an excellent online journal produced by the Science and Technology Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries (a division of the American Library Association).

Maintained by Hugh Jarvis < hjarvis AT buffalo.edu>