Benefitting from refitting in Intra-Site Analysis: Lessons from Rekem.

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The procedure of refitting is most beneficial when it is fully embedded in an integrated research program. Refitting can help to entangle a wide variety of research topics often also touched upon by other research methods such as petrography, attribute analysis, and usewear. The late Palaeolithic site of Rekem serves as a case study in this respect. The lithic material from this large camp site offers excellent refitting potential (some 2500 artefacts are conjoined), allowing for a detailed study of reduction strategies and spatial distributions. With regard to lithic technology, the refitting data provide better insights into both reduction methods and knapping styles as well as into the processes of tool manufacture, use, maintenance and discard. Derived from these data, the method also contributes to the study of social aspects (skills of the artisans) and economic features (the material output of the various sequences and its role in further activities). On a spatial scale the results of refitting can be used to measure the degree of vertical dispersal and to assess the disturbance on the site by natural post-depositional processes. Most importantly, however, the mapping of refits supplies insight into the horizontal patterning of human activities both in and between the various loci of the site. At Rekem, such patterning shows the relationship between manufacturing process and artefact discard and elucidates the transport patterns of various kinds of artefacts and tool types.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFitting Rocks. Lithic Refitting Examined.
PublisherArchaeopress, Oxford
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)978-1-4073-0012-2
Publication statusPublished - 2007

Publication series

NameBAR International Series


  • Lithic Refitting
  • Prehistory
  • Final palaeolithic
  • Rekem


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