Tabarev, A. V.
March 2004
Archaeology, Ethnology & Anthropology of Eurasia (Springer Scien;2004, Vol. 17 Issue 1, p2
Academic Journal
The article provides information on the role of obsidian or volcanic glass in cultures of the terminal Paleolithic and the Metal Ages based on geological and archeological researches. Obsidian was used as raw material in several lithic industries of the Pacific Basin from the period of initial settlement. It discusses the techniques of obsidian procurement, fields of usage, distribution from source, and evolution of methods of tool manufacturing. It notes that during the Stone Age, various artifacts and tools made of obsidian such as knives, drills points, and scrapper have been recorded. Several techniques of core reduction and tool manufacturing were used for the production of stone implements. Moreover, Neolithic sites where artifacts made of obsidian were recovered are also presented.


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