Generalization, inference and the quantification of lithic reduction

@article{Hiscock2010GeneralizationIA,
  title={Generalization, inference and the quantification of lithic reduction},
  author={Peter Hiscock and Amy Tabrett},
  journal={World Archaeology},
  year={2010},
  volume={42},
  pages={545 - 561}
}
Abstract Today studies of lithic technology almost invariably employ models of the reduction process, and often models of the extent of reduction that specimens and classes of tools have undergone. Debates about the explanation of lithic assemblage variability are based upon methods for inferring the nature and extent of reduction. In this paper, we construct a conceptual framework for evaluating the competing reduction indices for estimating the extent of flake retouching. With this framework… 
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