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They left traces, Preliminary analysis of micro-wear traces on bone and antler tools from Sutz-Lattrigen Aussen, Lake Bienne, Switzerland

Wojtczak, Dorota and Kerdy, Manar. (2018) They left traces, Preliminary analysis of micro-wear traces on bone and antler tools from Sutz-Lattrigen Aussen, Lake Bienne, Switzerland. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 17. pp. 798-808.

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Abstract

The site of Sutz-Lattrigen Aussen has yielded a high quality series of tools made from bone, antler and teeth. Thus this remarkable assemblage led us to consider the importance of carrying out functional studies. The recorded 601 worked pieces have been analysed typologically and technologically in a separate report. In this paper we explore the potential for use-wear analysis on the artefacts. They are well conserved and therefore seem to be perfectly suited for such examinations. Preliminary results show that they were used in a variety of activities including processing wood, bark, hide and pottery. This short investigation demonstrates how significant the use of the micro-wear analysis might be, together with technological and experimental studies to elucidate the principal economic and technological activities of Neolithic populations. Highlights: Experimental tools were made, used and compared to actual recovered artefacts. Motion and worked matter are confidently classified independent of raw material taxa. Trace wear analysis on late Neolithic bone tools identified a variety of activities. Mirco-wear shows bark & hide working, direct archaeological evidence is absent. There are numerous pointed implements used for plant and animal matter working.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Umweltwissenschaften > Ehemalige Einheiten Umweltwissenschaften > Archäozoologie (Schibler)
UniBasel Contributors:Kerdy, Manar and Wojtczak, Dorota
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:2352-409X
e-ISSN:2352-409X
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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Deposited On:07 Aug 2020 12:09

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