Simon Fraser University (Burnaby) and
University of British Columbia (Vancouver)
British Columbia, Canada

From the reviews . . .

“Brian Hayden’s book is informative and serves its purpose well. As a reader, I was offered enjoyable insights into his work on stone tools and provided with a good introduction to Design Theory and its application in lithic analysis. The volume is a fine text for those who have just begun their journey in studying the complexities of lithic analysis and will complement their further reading.”
Anders Högberg in Antiquity

“Multiple approaches in different specific areas help readers comprehend the integrity of lithic studies. Additionally, Hayden also shares his personal experiences in this field with students. . . . He avoids using complicated sentence structure. Non-native English speakers can deal with this study readily. . . . Understanding Chipped Stone Tools is a good, digested contribution to create a simple background about lithic analysis.”
Görkem Cenk Yesilova in Lithic Technology

Prepublication praise . . .

“A sophisticated introduction to basic lithic analysis, written in an informal and engaging style. Employing a design theory perspective and stressing a need for active experimentation, it views lithic artifacts as a solution to substantive problems and sociopolitical realities. An excellent lithics primer.”
Christopher J. Ellis, University of Western Ontario

“In this excellent primer, Hayden uses his extensive background in ethnographic and experimental work to introduce students to stone tools and offers them a framework for how to think about stone tool technology. I wish I could have written this book!”
Robert L. Kelly, University of Wyoming

“The author draws on his lifelong experimentation with lithic materials, ethnographic investigations, and conversations with knappers and archaeologists in compiling this comprehensive primer. Using design theory as the theoretical fulcrum, Hayden provides practical, down-to-earth advice about how to tackle lithic assemblages.”
Deborah Olausson, Lund University


Chapter 1
Perspectives on Ethics

Chapter 2
Design Theory

Chapter 3
Design Theory as Applied to Lithic Analysis

Chapter 4
Tier 1: Analyzing Stone Tools

Chapter 5
Tier 2: Basic Reduction Strategies and Specialized Types

Chapter 6
Tier 3: Design Considerations

Chapter 7

Chapter 8
Total Assemblages

Chapter 9
Precepts and Prospects

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A volume in the series Principles of Archaeology

ISBN 978-1-7342818-6-6/paperback/160 pp./illus./May 2022/$32.95