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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
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.