QUANTIFICATION AND DISCRIMINATION OF LITHIC USE-WEAR: SURFACE PROFILE MEASUREMENTS AND LENGTH-SCALE FRACTAL ANALYSIS*
Version of Record online: 6 JUN 2008
© University of Oxford, 2008
Volume 51, Issue 3, pages 366–382, June 2009
How to Cite
STEMP, W. J., CHILDS, B. E., VIONNET, S. and BROWN, C. A. (2009), QUANTIFICATION AND DISCRIMINATION OF LITHIC USE-WEAR: SURFACE PROFILE MEASUREMENTS AND LENGTH-SCALE FRACTAL ANALYSIS*. Archaeometry, 51: 366–382. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-4754.2008.00404.x
- Issue online: 5 MAY 2009
- Version of Record online: 6 JUN 2008
- *Received 12 December 2007; accepted 7 February 2008.
- STONE TOOLS;
- LASER PROFILOMETRY;
- RELATIVE LENGTH;
This experimental programme employs length-scale analysis of measured profiles to quantitatively discriminate the surface textures of stone flakes manufactured from East Anglian chalk flint used on four contact materials (shell, wood, dry hide and soaked antler). It presents a method for evaluating texture characterization parameters based on their ability to discriminate wear types, and to determine a level of confidence to the discrimination, using the F-test. The results of this experimental work demonstrate that relative lengths, over certain scale ranges, can discriminate the stone tool surface wear profiles produced by the different contact materials.