A composite model of scraper variation: a case study from the Stud Creek catchment, northwest NSW

23rd December 2015

Trudy Doelman and Grant W.G. Cochrane

Morphological variation of scrapers from two artefact concentrations in the Stud Creek catchment, northwest New South Wales (NSW) is examined to investigate whether variation in retouch fits best with a segmented, continuum or composite model. Technological and typological analyses are used to characterise morphological variation. The results clearly show that a composite model, associated with a plurality in the purposes of retouching and in the nature of tool-use prior to discard, is applicable. We argue that the cautious use of typology, requiring phases of hypothesis development and testing, can play an important role in elucidating the nature of morphological variation.

Doelman, T. and G.W.G. Cochrane
A composite model of scraper variation: a case study from the Stud Creek catchment, northwest NSW
December 2015
81
24-34
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