80 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 Percentage layer 10

80 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 Percentage layer 10

Figure 5.15 Relative frequencies of cortical flakes, non-cortical flakes and retouched tools manufactured from two different raw materials in levels 9 and 10 of the Quina-Mousterian site of Marillac (Charente). Note the much higher frequencies of retouched tools, and the lower frequencies of cortical and other flakes, in the artefacts from the more distant - and higher quality - flint source. After Meignen 1988.

restricted almost exclusively to the tools made on the better quality, more distant flint. These results are again hardly surprising and suggest simply that the most distant and better quality flint was more highly valued as a raw material, either because of its inherent scarcity value or, more prosaically, because of its superior flaking qualities. In either case this provides a further illustration of the application of different technological strategies to different raw materials and arguably a further demonstration of the economic cura-tion or maximization of raw materials derived from these more distant and energy-intensive sources.

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