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Sandstone grinding/pounding tools: Use-trace reference libraries and Australian archaeological applications

Hayes, Elspeth; Pardoe, Colin; Fullagar, Richard


Residues, surface features and wear patterns documented on experimental and ethnographic artefacts form the foundation of residue and usewear reference libraries, from which we can interpret and evaluate the function of archaeological specimens. Here we report controlled experiments to supplement previous studies and document variables that influence usewear formation on sandstone grinding implements (including abrading stones) of different toughness and hardness. Distinct patterns of usewear...[Show more]

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Date published: 2018
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports
DOI: 10.1016/j.jasrep.2018.04.021


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