The Dangers of Flint Knapping
Flint knapping became popular with archaeologists in the 1960s as it was a good way to replicate types of ancient technologies and therefore understand the historical progression of lithic artefacts. Soon, knapping became popular with non-academics in America, and communities and knapping events were set up across the country. These amateur knappers were not necessarily interested in the scientific and archaeology of knapping, but instead enjoyed it as a modern past time where people could socialise and share materials and ideas. It is now estimated there are around ‘5,000’ (Whittaker 1999, 206) amateur knappers in the US. Although it sounds like a great past time, modern knappers are causing huge problems for archaeologists!
Modern day art or craft flint tools (Masterpeices of Modern Lithic Art 2014)
Knappers create a huge amount of flint debitage and stone tools which are practically indistinguishable from ancient stonework. In addition, most contemporary knappers create…
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