In this chapter you have learned about the wide range of ancient technology. You also learned that archaeologists have a number of methodologies available to them in studying the technological abilities of ancient peoples. They can look at an artifact under a microscope, but they can also skin a deer carcass with a stone tool produced by modern flint knapping.
This combination of laboratory science and practical experimentation can help us recreate an ancient toolkit, and may bring researchers closer to past technologies that have since been lost.
For this exercise, search the video sharing website YouTube for the tag "flint knapping". You should get several hundred results. Watch a few of these videos and, with the help of your textbook, answer the following questions about experimental archaeology.