Quote: Otte on lithic analysis

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I happened across this great quote by Marcel Otte, referring to the Bordes-Binford debate among other archaeological donnybrooks:

The fastidious descriptions of European lithic assemblages have led to different and often contradictory interpretations—lyric or pathetic—that seem ultimately to be reflections of irreconcilable personal obsessions (Otte 2003:46).


Otte M. 2003. The significance of variability in the European Mousterian. In Dibble HL, ed. The Middle Paleolithic: Adaptation, Behavior and Variability. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology, Philadelphia.