Exploring the Chaîne Opératoires in Irish Quartz Lithic Traditions: Current Research

Killian Driscoll

School of Archaeology, University College Dublin, Ireland. Email: killiandriscoll@gmail.com


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.

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