By John C. Whittaker
Making arrowheads, blades, and different stone instruments was a survival ability and continues to be a craft practiced by way of hundreds of thousands of flintknappers all over the world. within the usa, knappers assemble at neighborhood "knap-ins" to socialise, alternate rules and fabric, purchase and promote either apparatus and knapped artwork, and make stone instruments within the corporation of others. In among those gatherings, the knapping group remains hooked up via newsletters and the Internet.
In this publication, avid knapper anthropologist John Whittaker deals an insider's view of the knapping group. He explores why stone instruments allure sleek humans and what making them ability to people who pursue this artwork. He describes how new contributors are integrated into the knapping neighborhood, how rookies research the innovations of knapping and locate their roles in the crew, how the neighborhood is based, and the way ethics, principles, and ideology approximately knapping are constructed and transmitted. He additionally explains how the perform of knapping pertains to expert archaeology, the exchange in glossy replicas of stone instruments, and the forgery of artifacts. Whittaker's ebook hence records a desirable culture of yankee existence and introduces the broader public to an historic and nonetheless worthwhile craft.
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