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An Experimental Investigation of the Effects of Trampling on the Results of Lithic Microwear Analysis
by John J. Shea and Dr. Joel D. Klenck.

Trampling has long been recognized as a potential obstacle to lithic microwear analysis, but the magnitude of its effects have not yet been objectively evaluated. A blind test was conducted in which the effects of trampling on the preservation of use-wear traces were measured. The results of this test suggest that even moderate amounts of human trampling may significantly alter the appearance of lithic microwear traces.

ScienceDirect Online; Journal of Archaeological Science, 20(2): 175-194. U.S. $22.00

 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305440383710137

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