Function and behaviour: use-wear evidence from Upper Paleolithic tools in southern Shanxi Province, North China

  • Hong Chen Department of Cultural Heritage and Museology, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou
  • Yiren Wang Shanxi Provincial Institute of Archaeology, Taiyuan
  • Chun Chen Department of Cultural Heritage and Museology, Fudan University, Shanghai
Keywords: Upper Paleolithic, Xiachuan and Chaisi sites, tool function, use-wear analysis

Abstract

Lithic use-wear analysis has become a principal approach for interpreting the function of stone tools and inferring human behaviour. This study presents the results of use-wear analysis on lithic tools excavated from the Upper Paleolithic sites of Xiachuan and Chaisi in the southern part of Shanxi Province, North China. In this study, microblades and so-called core-like tools from these two sites were selected for examination by low-power techniques to identify their use patterns. The results suggest that approx. 30% of microblades might have been used mainly to process animal substances, and a lower percentage for vegetal substances. Based on the use-wear evidence, items classified as core-like tools should be regarded as microblade-cores, since they exhibit few traces of utilisation.

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Published
2016-12-30
How to Cite
ChenH., WangY., & ChenC. (2016). Function and behaviour: use-wear evidence from Upper Paleolithic tools in southern Shanxi Province, North China. Documenta Praehistorica, 43, 499-506. https://doi.org/10.4312/dp.43.26
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