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Mesolithic flake

This article explores the use of quartz as a raw material in the early prehistoric period in Ireland. Archaeologists have invariably ignored quartz as a raw material because of its perceived difficulty in analysis. The basis of the research is the development, through experimental knapping, of an analytical framework for quartz working in Ireland and testing this framework by a detailed analysis of Later Mesolithic quartz assemblages.

(Online version is available from Internet Archaeology)

  • Lithics Ireland Consultancy
  • Galway, Ireland