Colin Quinn

Assistant Professor of Anthropology Colin Quinn and Associate Dean of Faculty and Associate Professor of Anthropology Nathan Goodale were co-authors of an article that appears in the October issue of American Antiquity.

In “Lithic Technological Organization and Hafting in Early Villages,” Quinn and Goodale, along with additional co-authors, examined hafting (adding a shaft or handle to a pointed tool) to provide new insights into how early villagers negotiated technological requirements, economic decision making, and social interactions at a time of socioeconomic transformation.

 Nathan Goodale
Nathan Goodale Photo: Nancy L. Ford

Using a curation index, the researchers studied hafted and unhafted pointed tools from the early Neolithic village of Dhra’, Jordan, as they related to the technological, economic, and social dimensions of hafting strategies. They found that through the lens of lithic technological organization, hafting and curation patterns can increase our understanding of technological, economic, and social strategies in early villages.

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