New paper on dynamic monitoring of use-wear experiments in PLoS One

Scraping with an instrumented, perpendicularly hafted endscraper (Figure 3 from Pfleging et al., 2015).

This paper details a new methodology for measuring the forces, torques, speeds, and positions of the tool tips used in use-wear experiments. This can help us to 1) isolate variables for study in controlled experiments and 2) identify biomechanical or technical constraints of various types of tools so that we can examine things like efficiency and ‘fitness’ of a tool. Take a look for yourselves:


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