On the origin and significance of microburins: an experimental approach

David De Wilde, Marc De Bie, Martin Carver (Editor)

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The authors used knapping experiments to study the way that microburins are produced. Once thought of as signature pieces of the Mesolithic, these experiments suggest that they were by-products of a gradual technological development by knappers trying to make arrowheads that had no bulb of percussion -- and were thus easier to haft. They make a case for an evolution already present in the late Palaeolithic and determined by practical, rather than cultural, social or environmental imperatives.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)729-741
Number of pages13
Issue number329
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2011

Bibliographical note

Martin Carver


  • palaeolithic
  • mesolithic
  • lithics
  • microburins
  • arrowheads


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