Identifying low-level food producers: Detecting mobility from lithics

Simon Holdaway*, Willeke Wendrich, Rebecca Phillipps

*Corresponding author for this work

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The existence of low-level food producers, neither wholly hunter-gatherers nor wholly agriculturalists, is predicted but hard to prove. Here the authors use lithics, the one ubiquitous common indicator, to show how the detection of missing flakes can indicate degrees of mobility, while mobility in turn shows how people coped with the unpredictable appearance of food resources. In Australia, they were opportunists, armed with a ready cutting edge. In the Fayum, they had less far to go, but still roamed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-194
Number of pages10
Issue number323
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Agriculture
  • Cores
  • Cortex
  • Flakes
  • Hunter-gatherers
  • Lithics
  • Low-level producers


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