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date: 19 August 2019

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In this chapter the evolution of lithic technology during the Paleoeskimo period is explored. The diversity of lithic raw materials is considered, as well as how they have been extracted and transformed into tool blanks. This was done mainly through the production of flakes and microblades, followed by the making of a wide range of tools. The evolution from spalled burins to burin-like tools, as well as the evolution of chipped tools and microblade production, and the circulation of raw materials, are some of the main topics considered. Lithic technology helps to understand the differences that have existed and the relative homogeneity of Paleoeskimo cultures in consideration of the size of their territory.

Keywords: Paleoeskimo, lithic technology, Arctic, microblade, stone tool, burin, fluting, raw material, quarry

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