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date: 14 November 2019

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This chapter discusses the two main Neolithic flint knapping techniques, pressure flaking and indirect percussion, and the possibility of identifying knapping traditions in archaeological assemblages. Lithic debitage is eminently suited for investigating the technological choices made by flint knappers, and differences in levels of technical competence. In the earlier Neolithic, the use of specific flint types may have contributed to the reproduction of identity on a household or lineage level, and to maintaining kinship and ancestral relations. During the later Neolithic/Copper Age, the patterns of production, distribution, and consumption of flint tools suggest that long blades and tools were endowed with special social and symbolic values.

Keywords: siliceous rocks, blade production, pressure flaking, indirect percussion, craft specialization, distribution networks, long blades, daggers

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