The African Paleosciences Laboratory uses experimental archaeology to better understand the range of prehistoric stone-tool production strategies. These strategies may inform toolmakers’ decision-making processes, their motor capabilities, and the social contexts in which this information was transmitted and practiced. These aspects of the stone-tool record are difficult to judge by observing the archaeological record alone. The remains of these experiments form the basis of a growing archive of reference collections against which archaeological specimens can be are compared.

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