Biographies of Stone and Landscape: Lithic Scatters

Clive Jonathon Bond

Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Social Sciences, The University of Winchester, UK. E-mail:

Cite this as: C. Bond 2009 'Biographies of Stone and Landscape: Lithic Scatters', Internet Archaeology 26.


Lithic scatters are complex palimpsests. Cores, waste and tools, when interpreted in their landscape context often appear to constitute multiple episodes of activity. These seasonal and cyclical episodes represent different lengths of duration and/or function. This article deals with assemblages from central Somerset, UK, containing artefacts of flint and others of greenstone and sandstone and argues that discarded/deposited artefacts sometimes served as a resource for cultural memory.

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