LITHICS-NET's Glossary of Lithics Terminology

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For many years archaeologists have shown great concern with projectile typology and a standardization of terms for projectile-point studies has been the focal point of innumerable efforts since the early 1900's. It is rather surprising that now, as we approach the year 2010, there is, as of yet, no real accepted standard terminology and certainly no standardized attribute list for the comparison of projectile point forms. I would highly suggest that any person who wishes to fully study the lithic terms in this glossary first obtain and study the wonderful work of Lewis R. Binford and his paper "A Proposed Attribute List For the Description and Classification of Projectile Points". Mr. Binford's paper was published in the book, Miscellaneous Studies in Typology and Classification, 1963, Museum of Anthropology, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, No. 19.

Other fine sources for terminology are: "A Comparative Study of Some Unfinished Fluted Points and Channel Flakes from the Tennessee Valley", 1961, James W. Cambron and David C. Hulse, Journal of Alabama Archaeology, Vol. VII, No. 2, Alabama Archaeological Society, University of Alabama; "Principles of Stratigraphy", 1960, Amadeus W. Grabau, Dover Publications; the paper "Glossary of Archaeological Terms", T. M. N. Lewis, Tennessee Archaeologist, Vol. 16, No. 1, Tennessee Archaeological Society; Handbook of Alabama Archaeology, Part 1 Point Types, 1964, 1965, 1969, James W. Cambron and David C. Hulse, edited by David L. DeJarnette, Archaeological Research Association of Alabama; Flaked Stone Projectiles, Tools and Ceremonials of the Southeastern States, 1995, Winston H. Baker, Williams Printing.

The beginning student is directed to the book titled, Adventures In Stone Artifacts, 1997, Sandy Livoti & Jon Kiesa, Adventure Publications. This book contains a nice glossary of terms and explains all facets of stone artifact collecting and resources.

Should this LITHICS-Net glossary of terms be used or printed in any manner, the above resources and people should be cited in a bibliography as well as WWW.LITHICSNET.COM. Thank You, Art Gumbus, LITHICS-Net.


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