Understanding Stone Tools and Archaeological Sites


206 pages
Contains Photos, Illustrations, Bibliography, Index
ISBN 1-55238-035-1
DDC 930'.1'028




Reviewed by John Steckley

John Steckley teaches in the Human Studies Program at Humber College in
Toronto. He is the author of Beyond Their Years: Five Native Women's


This book provides a detailed, straightforward presentation of what
archaeological students and archaeologists need to know about analyzing
stone tools and a review of the history of their use. Although the
Northern Plains is featured in one of the chapters, the book is not
merely a regional study. It contains examples drawn from the worldwide
archaeological literature, and from the author’s experiences in New
Zealand, Mexico, and Ecuador. The text is ably supported by Gerry
Newlands’s high-quality black-and-white photographs and by Lu Anne Da
Costa’s excellent line drawings. Although the book “is written for
anyone interested in archaeology and human culture as reflected in stone
(lithic) tools,” it would be an ideal reference work for consulting or
teaching archaeologists. Kooyman has taught archaeology at the
University of Calgary for 15 years.


Kooyman, Brian P., “Understanding Stone Tools and Archaeological Sites,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed May 27, 2024, https://cbra.library.utoronto.ca/items/show/7681.