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Materiality, Agency and Evolution of Lithic Technology: an Integrated Perspective for Palaeolithic Archaeology

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Materiality, Agency and Evolution of Lithic Technology: an Integrated Perspective for Palaeolithic Archaeology. / Hussain, Shumon Tobias; Will, Manuel.

I: Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory, Bind 28, Nr. 2, 06.2021, s. 617-670.

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Hussain, Shumon Tobias ; Will, Manuel. / Materiality, Agency and Evolution of Lithic Technology: an Integrated Perspective for Palaeolithic Archaeology. I: Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory. 2021 ; Bind 28, Nr. 2. s. 617-670.

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