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Experimental insights into alternative strategies of lithic heat treatment

Merceica, Alison; Hiscock, Peter


Conditions in which thermal fractures occur are explored experimentally, and the results are used to assess heat treatment strategies. We conclude that no single 'critical temperature' for thermal fracturing or heat treatment can be specified for any particular raw material, as has so often been attempted, because threshold temperatures exist in relationship to specimen sizes. Our experiments show that smaller specimens are resilient to greater ranges of temperature fluctuations than larger...[Show more]

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Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Archaeological Science
DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2008.04.021


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