Projectile point rejuvenation: A technological analysis

Ronald H Towner, Miranda Warburton

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This paper presents the results of the experimental production, use, and rejuvenation of 30 projectile points. Breakage patterns and morphological change of points resulting from reju-venation are documented. The debitage produced during each stage of the experiment was examined from a technological perspective and assessed in terms of its archaeological visibility. The assemblages resulting from point production and rejuvenation are quite different from one another and each can be identified through a technological analysis. The study indicates that a curational behavior such as rejuvenation can be identified in the archaeological record if the proper sampling, field recovery, and analytical techniques are employed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)311-321
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Field Archaeology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology

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