The flint component

Naama Goren-Inbar, Nira Alperson-Afil, Gonen Sharon, Gadi Herzlinger

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Chapter 6 aims to provide a comprehensive description of the flint assemblages, a major component of the archaeological horizons of Gesher Benot Yaʻaqov. Analyses consist of taphonomic, morphological, technological, and typological observations, which enable characterization and reconstruction of the operational sequences of flint. Both cores and core tools and flakes and flake tools are small, probably a result of the small size of the flint nodules chosen as blanks. In contrast, flint bifaces are modified on larger nodules. The bifacial component is represented in this chapter only through the analysis of its shaping and finishing products. These resemble products of the Levallois method, which is discussed in detail, particularly in the analyses of Levallois cores. Flake tools exhibit a variety of types and occur in high frequencies through the entire cultural sequence. Special attention is paid here to the modification of the proximal ends of flakes, interpreted as a preparatory stage for hafting.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationVertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology
Number of pages118
StatePublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameVertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology
ISSN (Print)1877-9077

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© Springer International Publishing AG 2018.


  • Cores and core tools
  • Flakes and flake tools
  • Flint
  • Gesher Benot Yaʻaqov
  • Hafting
  • Levallois
  • Reduction sequence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology
  • Paleontology


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