0029 - CAA2016 - Nick Waber

Wireless Lithics: An Open Hardware Approach to Stroke Quantification and Replicability in Lithic Use-wear Experiments

Waber, Nick

University of British Columbia

Use gesture is an integral aspect of any technology, yet it is one of the most poorly understood and most under-recorded components of many lithic use-wear experiments. In experimental contexts, task-related gestures are most often glossed under the catch-all term ‚Äústroke‚ÄĚ, and are counted, and then compared to other ‚Äústrokes‚ÄĚ, often without any further definition. This paper proposes a method for recording and measuring ‚Äústrokes‚ÄĚ in an objective, replicable manner. Using a combination of a ‚Äúlithic odometer‚ÄĚ use-life index and a hand-held Arduino-based digital force gauge, it is possible to precisely quantify what constitutes a ‚Äústroke‚ÄĚ, and what the ‚Äústrokes‚ÄĚ mean regarding a tool's use-life history.

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