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Whittaker's American Flintknappers will be an important resource for students of modern replication studies. This publication not only presents information on modern non-academic flintknappers, it also addresses issues of interest to anyone studying folk technologies in general. (James C. Woods, College of Southern Idaho The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 2005-09-00)

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JOHN C. WHITTAKER is Professor of Anthropology at Grinnell College in Iowa.

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  • Paperback: 375 pages
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press; n edition (May 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0292702663
  • ISBN-13: 978-0292702660
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,053,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Daniel G. Dybowski on June 7, 2004
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John C. Whittaker never fails to capture the essence of scientifically studying modern day flint-knapping. This new book is a progression from his 1994 work on how to make stone tools. It is a leap forward in a fascinating area of archaeology and anthropology, especially when there is a growing concern for the depletion of silicate resources. Dr. Whittaker is a pure scientist who is always thinking of how stone tools can be scientifically studied, and is always innovative in his research approach, rendering his work successful and resourceful. It is also nice to see that Dr. Michael Stafford is well represented, a master flint-knapper whom I`ve had an opportunity to study under. Dr. Whittaker also has in his new book, raw demographic data from sociological surveys, continuing a tradition that he and Dr. Stafford started in 1998 with their research on Fakes. This sociological approach reveals a great deal of important data for student researchers, and should not be overlooked when writing on the subject of stone tools. This book has wonderful color pages in its' center and shows an amazing variety of raw materials commonly used by knappers. John C. Whittaker is fast becoming the leading professor on this subject, and deserves all the attention he receives. Great work John!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rough Customer VINE VOICE on December 15, 2004
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Very interesting view of the "inside" of the knapping circles..including knap-in's ...lots of great color photographs of beautifully knapped points in exotic materials, as well as close reproductions of American Indian points. Lots of photos of well known knappers, interesting statistics on knapping. Lots of really neat stuff if you are interested in knapping at all, you should buy this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ray Harwood on February 16, 2007
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American Flintknappers is an American classic. This book is an amazing journey through the strange subculture of American Flintknappers. From an

anthropologists set of eyes. A journey through the past, of men who followed the way of the stone. From Ishi to flake over grinding, the whole experience is here and when you read it you will be there too. Ray Harwood, Western Lithics.
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By ed mansell on March 2, 2014
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This book offered a special opportunity to relate to other flintknappers and our unique hobby. Good to get a much broader picture of who is involved in this interest and to identify with some old friends. John Whittaker is well recognized for his expertise and knows how to present his material in an informative and interesting way.
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The book is well done and includes the history of flintknapping and helps in identifing the various materials. It is somewhat dated to the period of time that it was written, by that it does not include today's flintknappers, which is unederstandable. All in all a very useful tool and reference.
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