Re: Flint knapping

richard e landavazo (richardl@UNM.EDU)
Tue, 6 Sep 1994 20:21:08 -0600

On Tue, 6 Sep 1994, Rob Quinlan wrote:
> Does anyone out there know of any ethnographic material on flint knapping
> in contemporary (historical) cultures? OR does anyone know how to flint
> knap? I'm curious about how long it takes to learn to knap, how long it
> takes to be marginally competent, how long it takes to be an expert. That
> is, at what age do people (men?) reach these levels of proficiency? Are there
> specialists in aboriginal cultures with regard to flint knapping? Are there
> innovators or are people rigidly confined to certain styles? My question is
> really in reference to knowledge transfer from generation to generation. I
> welcome any comments, stories or anecdotes.
> Rob Quinlan
> Dept of Anthropology, U. of Missouri-Columbia
Rob, If you will get in touch with Prof David E. Stuart at the
University of New Mexico, he can put you in contact with a person who
does flint knapping. I had the pleasure of being in a class where he
demonstrated his skills. I think the address of Prof Stuart is Prof.
David E. Stuart, Dean of Student Affairs, UNM Albuquerque NM 87106

Hope this helps
Richard E. Landavazo
MA History Student, UNM