Chapter 1. Introduction: Breaking Stones Without Striking Them Pierre M. Desrosiers Chapter 2. Pressure Débitage in the Old World. Forerunners, Researchers, Geopolitics: Handing On the Baton Marie-Louise Inizan Chapter 3. Stoneworkers' Approaches to Replicating Prismatic Blades John E. Clark Chapter 4. Early Holocene Climate Change and the Adoption of Pressure Technique in the Maghreb: the Capsian Sequence at Kef Zoura D (Eastern Algeria) Noura Rahmani and David Lubell Chapter 5. Pressure Blade Production with a Lever in the Early and Late Neolithicof the Near East Ciler Altinbilek-Algül, Laurence Astruc, Didier Binder and Jacques Pelegrin Chapter 6. Two examples of Pressure Blade Production with a Lever: Recent Research from the Southern Caucasus (Armenia) and Northern Mesopotamia (Syria, Iraq) Jacques Chabot and Jacques Pelegrin Chapter 7. Pressure Knapping Blade Production in the North-Western Mediterranean Region during the 7th millennium cal B.C. Didier Binder, Carmine Collina, Raphaëlle Guilbert, Thomas Perrin and with the collaboration of Oreto Garcia-Puchol Chapter 8. Origin And Development Of Pressure Blade Production In The Southern Iberian Peninsula (6th-3rd Millennium B.C.)Antonio Morgado and Jacques Pelegrin Chapter 9. The Arrival and Development of Pressure Blade Technology in Southern Scandinavia Mikkel Sørensen Chapter 10. Surface Pressure Flaking in Eurasia: Mapping the innovation, diffusion and evolution of a technological element in the production of projectile points Kim Darmark Chapter 11. Emergence and Development of the Pressure Microblade Production: A View from the Upper Paleolithic of Northern Japan Jun Takakura Chapter 12. The Technique of Pressure Knapping in Central Asia: Innovation or Diffusion? Frédérique Brunet Chapter 13. Blades and Microblades, Percussion and Pressure: Towards the Evolutionof Lithic Technologies of the Stone Age Period, Russian Far East Andrei V. Tabarev Chapter 14. Pressure Microblade Industries in Pleistocene-Holocene Interior Alaska:Current Data and DiscussionsYan Axel Gómez Coutouly Chapter 15. Eastern Arctic under Pressure: from Paleoeskimo to Inuit Culture (Canada and Greenland)Pierre M. Desrosiers and Mikkel Sørensen Chapter 16. The Organizational Structures of Mesoamerican Obsidian Prismatic Blade Technology Kenneth G. Hirth Chapter 17. Development of Pressure Blade Technology in North-Central and West Mexico Véronique Darras Chapter 18. New Experimental Observations for the Characterization of Pressure Blade Production Techniques Jacques Pelegrin Chapter 19. Measurable Flintknapping for Long Pressure Blades P. Kelterborn
Human development is a long and steady process that began with stone tool making. Because of this skill, humans were able to adapt to climate changes, discover new territories, and invent new technologies. "Pressure knapping" is the common term for one method of creating stone tools, where a larger device or blade specifically made for this purpose is use to press out the stone tool. Pressure knapping was invented in different locations and at different points in time, representing the adoption of the Neolithic way of life in the Old world.
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