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STONE AGE REFERENCE COLLECTION
SARC has been developed for the teaching department of the Institute of Archaeology, History and Conservation(IAKH) at the University of Oslo, Norway.
SARC is a reference program containing information about the typology, technology, raw materials and study methods of the stone age.
It is available in English and Norwegian.
Main article: Typology.
"Science of classifying stone tools by form, techniques and technological traits. Must include duplication of the technique by first observing the intentional form, then reconstructing or replicating the tool in the exact order of the aboriginal workman. Shows elements of culture. Typology cannot be based on function." (Crabtree 1982.57)
Main article: Technology.
"Technology: The study of techniques. Science of studying and interpreting the combined or distinct attributes of individual techniques. Implies a systematic control of minute and distinguishable detail" (Crabtree 1982., 50).
Using the technological approach, "lithic artifact are no longer exclusively considered as more or less ´characteristic´ objects to be described and classified. Instead these artifacts are also seen as evidence of human behavior in its technical, economic, and even social dimensions. Thus, the technological approach...overcomes...the classic dilemma of "culture versus function" posed by each tool" (Pelegrin 1990, 116).