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Pathways to Prismatic Blades
A Study in Mesoamerican Obsidian Core-Blade Technology

Edited by Bradford Andrews and Kenneth Hirth

Pathways to Prismatic Blades
Paperback, 150 pages £8.00
Published: 2002
ISBN: 9780917956997
Format: 278mm x 215mm
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Subjects: Archaeology
Series: Monographs

This volume explores the social and economic processes involved in the manufacture of obsidian prismatic blades, one of the sharpest cutting instruments ever produced in the prehistoric world. Focusing on ancient Mesoamerica, contributors examine the variation in the way the blades were manufactured and the causes behind their variation.

Kenneth Hirth is professor of anthropology at The Pennsylvania State University. Bradford Andrews is a research associate in anthropology at The Pennsylvania State University.

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 150 pages
 278mm x 215mm

BIC Code:
  HIS038000, SOC003000
 Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press


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