University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology

Author: John S. Kopper

Paleolithic Tools

Some Design Considerations

By: John S. Kopper

Paleolithic tools have seldom been ana¬≠lyzed from the design viewpoint. We know a great deal about how they were made and how they were used from ethnographic observations, experimental manufacture and microwear analyses. A ‘mental tem¬≠plate’ is often invoked as the guiding principle in Paleolithic tool design and production: the finished tool conforms to a […]