Lithic raw material physical properties and use-wear accrual

Harry Lerner, Xiangdong Du, Andre Costopoulos, Martin Ostoja-Starzewski

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Understanding the nature of the physical properties of lithic raw materials is a pre-requisite for developing more reliable interpretations of use-wear evidence and tool function. We use nanoindentation and use-wear experimentation as a way to measure differences in raw material surface hardness and roughness in order to show that differences in lithic material properties have implications for rates of use-wear accrual.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)711-722
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Archaeological Science
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Hardness
  • Nanoindentation
  • Raw material
  • Roughness
  • Use-wear

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology

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