By John C. Whittaker

Making arrowheads, blades, and different stone instruments was a survival ability and remains to be a craft practiced through millions of flintknappers around the globe. within the usa, knappers assemble at local "knap-ins" to socialise, trade principles and fabric, purchase and promote either apparatus and knapped artwork, and make stone instruments within the corporation of others. In among those gatherings, the knapping group remains attached via newsletters and the Internet.

In this ebook, avid knapper anthropologist John Whittaker deals an insider's view of the knapping group. He explores why stone instruments allure glossy humans and what making them ability to those that pursue this paintings. He describes how new contributors are included into the knapping group, how newbies research the thoughts of knapping and locate their roles in the staff, how the group is based, and the way ethics, principles, and ideology approximately knapping are constructed and transmitted. He additionally explains how the perform of knapping pertains to specialist archaeology, the exchange in sleek replicas of stone instruments, and the forgery of artifacts. Whittaker's booklet therefore files a desirable tradition of yankee existence and introduces the broader public to an old and nonetheless worthwhile craft.

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