Minimum analytical nodules and lithic activities at site W2, Hunter Valley, New South Wales

19th December 2012

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Individual lithic discard activities from an open site in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales, were identified by using conjoining and minimum analytical nodules (MAN). Activities identified included core flaking associated with backed artefact production, other types of core flaking, tool use and retouching of transported tools. Artefacts made or used elsewhere were also discarded on site. Core flaking associated with backed artefact production resulted in high artefact discard rates, while other kinds of activities were more common, but were associated with lower discard rates. The assemblage associated with backed artefact production had a restricted range of raw material types, was dominated by small artefacts, and had higher proportions of elongate flakes, as well as faceted and focal platforms. The assemblage created from other activities included diverse raw material types, large artefacts, few elongate flakes, and a higher proportion of cortical platforms. The results from this study have implications for how artefact discard rates and assemblage attributes may be interpreted at other sites in the Hunter Valley.

Beth White
Minimum analytical nodules and lithic activities at site W2, Hunter Valley, New South Wales
2012
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