An experimental case of wood-working use-wear on quartzite artefacts

  • Ji-Ying Liu Zhejiang University
  • Hong Chen Department of Cultural Heritage and Museology,
Keywords: quartzite artefacts, wood-working, replicative experiment, use-wear analysis


Use-wear analysis has become an essential method for the functional study of lithic artefacts from prehistoric archaeological assemblages. On the basis of earlier research, this article discusses experiments and analyses of use-wear on quartzite artefacts caused by wood-working. The raw materials of the artefacts were collected from the Wulanmulun Site, Inner Mongolia. The woodworking techniques include scraping, drilling, and chopping. Scarring sizes are mostly medium and small. Scarring terminations are mainly feathered; stepped terminations are caused by scraping and chopping wood. Scarring mainly appears as run-together distributions. Medium and heavy rounding is found on the edges of the artefacts.


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Zhejiang University
How to Cite
LiuJ.-Y., & ChenH. (2016). An experimental case of wood-working use-wear on quartzite artefacts. Documenta Praehistorica, 43, 507-514.