Analysis of Micro-Residues on Stone Tools From Zaskelna IX, Crimea: First Results


The article presents the results of micro-residues study on the surface of stone tools from the lower, Acheulean layer of the cave site Zaskelna IX in the Crimea. Several recognised varieties of detected micro-residues oforganic and mineral origin are characterised. Likely traces of specific wear inherent on the soft handle areidentified. Pigment residues correlate with these traces. Micro-residues and use-wear indicate the possible wrapping of stone tools in the leather or plant substances with the help of adhesives containing ochre powder for safe and secure gripping in hand.


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