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Tracing Traces from Present to Past

A Functional Analysis of Pre-Columbian Shell and Stone Artefacts from Anse à la Gourde and Morel, Guadeloupe, FWI

Tracing Traces from Present to Past
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The author of this meticulously researchedwork surveys the possibilities of functionalanalysis of shell implements. Her study ofshell tools, as well as flint and stone tools,from the pre-Columbian sites of Anse àla Gourde and Morel, Guadeloupe drawson archaeological, ethnographical,ethnohistorical and experimental data.The results of the functional analysis ofall artifact categories are presented, as wellas a reconstruction of the technologicalsystem in the pre-Columbian period. Shedemonstrates the value of this integral approach in shedding light on the choicesmade in the past on tool use and theutilisation of different raw materials.