“The editors have developed a significant new topic that will have broad implications to archaeologists across the world.”
—Peter Bleed, emeritus professor, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
"A substantial contribution to the study of lithic technology, presenting case studies of stone artifacts in sedentary societies in South Asia, the Near East, Mesoamerica, and North America. . . . the volume demonstrates the important information that lithic artifacts can provide about anthropological questions, such as economic activities, political organization, resource and production management, and the relationship between societal and technological change."
—Latin American Antiquity
"Horowitz and McCall and their colleagues do an excellent job of showing that the stone tools found on sites belonging to sedentary food producers or those of urban societies do matter, not least by illustrating the variety of ways in which they can be productively investigated. . . . of interest and value not only to lithic specialists, but also to anthropological archaeologists as a whole."
—Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute
Lithic Technologies in Sedentary Societies examines lithic technology from ancient societies in Mesoamerica, the Near East, South Asia, and North America, showcasing the important contributions in-depth lithic analysis can make to the study of sedentary societies around the world. Using cutting-edge analytical techniques these case studies address difficult anthropological questions concerning economic, social, and political issues, as well as global trends in lithic production.
Lithic analysis focused on sedentary societies, especially in places like Mesoamerica, has previously been neglected mostly because of the high frequency of informal tools, but such bias limits the ways in which both lithic production and economic organization are investigated. Bringing the importance of studying such technologies to the fore and emphasizing the vital anthropological questions that lithics can answer, Lithic Technologies in Sedentary Societies is a valuable resource for scholars and students of lithic technology and sedentary, complex societies.
Contributors: Fumi Arakawa, Mary A. Davis, James Enloe, Dan Healan, Francesca Manclossi, Theodore Marks, Jayur Madhusudan Mehta, Jason S. R. Paling, Steve Rosen, John Whittaker