Aftermath: The Remnants of War by Donovan Webster

By Donovan Webster

In riveting and revelatory aspect, Aftermath records the ways that wars have remodeled the terrain of the battlefield into landscapes of reminiscence and enduring terror: in France, the place thousands of acres of farmland are cordoned off to all yet a corps of demolition specialists answerable for the undetonated bombs and mines of worldwide battle I which are now emerging up in fields, gardens, and backyards; in a sixty-square-mile zone open air Stalingrad that used to be a cauldron of destruction in 1941 and is this present day an never-ending box of bones; within the Nevada deserts, the place the USA waged a hidden nuclear battle opposed to itself within the 1950's, the result of that are in basic terms now changing into obvious; in Vietnam, the place a nation's attempt to take away the actual detritus of conflict has created mental and genetic devastation; in Kuwait, the place terrifyingly refined struggle used to be by way of the Sisyphean activity of constructing an uninhabitable desolate tract in a position to maintaining life.

Aftermath excavates our century's darkest background, revealing that the destruction of the prior is still deeply, inextricably embedded within the current.

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In bipolar technology the objective piece is placed on an anvil or hard surface and struck from above with a hard hammer (Goodyear 1993), and the fracture is often initiated from the anvil end as well as the hammer end. As such, bipolar flakes may appear to have two points of applied force. Bipolar technology is often used when the objective piece is too small to be reduced by hand-held methods or when the tool maker is trying to maximize the use of a limited raw-material source (Andrefsky 1994b).

Flintknapping or flintworking techniques used by primitive stone tool makers and users produced the lithic artifact 7 8 LITHICS: MACROSCOPIC APPROACHES TO ANALYSIS assemblages excavated by archaeologists. To understand the place of replication analysis within the larger field of lithic analysis it is worthwhile to review briefly the history of flintknapping and the replication of stone tools. Until recently there have been few modern-day flintknappers, and most were making gunflints and not replicas of aboriginal stone tools (Skertchly 1879).

The actual mechanics of chipping an objective piece into a preconceived form require the convergence of multiple interrelated variables. Among others, these variables include: size and shape of objective piece; density of objective piece; size, weight, shape, and density of hammer; type, angle, and location of load application; underlying support of objective piece; shape, size, and isolation of striking platform; and flaws in the objective piece. These variables are played against one another by the tool maker depending upon the particular presentation of the objective piece and desired shape of the detached piece.

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