Identifying bipolar knapping in the mesolithic site of font del ros (Northeast Iberia)

Xavier Roda Gilabert, Rafael Mora, Jorge Martínez-Moreno

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Abstract

© 2015 The Author(s) Published by the Royal Society. All rights reserved. Despite recent advances in the identification of bipolar knapping, its role in many sites is not well known. We propose to assess the significance of this technique in the context of changes that occur in the Mesolithic. A lithic assemblage was recovered from unit SG at Font del Ros (Catalunya, Spain) in which pitted stones, cores and products arising from bipolar reduction (flakes, fragments and splintered pieces) were identified. This study indicates that the bipolar technique is fundamental in the settlement. These results are key to defining the organization of Holocene hunter-gatherer subsistence in northeast Iberia.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Volume370
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Nov 2015

Keywords

  • Bipolar knapping
  • Iberian peninsula
  • Lithic technology
  • Macrolithic tools
  • Mesolithic

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    Gilabert, X. R., Mora, R., & Martínez-Moreno, J. (2015). Identifying bipolar knapping in the mesolithic site of font del ros (Northeast Iberia). Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 370. https://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2014.0354