Dating strike a lights

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All that's needed to light the match is friction: The match can be struck on almost any surface -- even your pant leg!

50,000 years BP), we identify using microwear analysis dozens of late Middle Palaeolithic bifacial tools that exhibit macroscopic and microscopic traces suggesting repeated percussion and/or forceful abrasion with a hard mineral material.Both the locations and nature of the polish and associated striations are comparable to those obtained experimentally by obliquely percussing fragments of pyrite (Fe S) against the flat/convex sides of a biface to make fire.The striations within these discrete use zones are always oriented roughly parallel to the longitudinal axis of the tool, allowing us to rule out taphonomic origins for these traces.Ethnographic accounts describe the flint-and-pyrite (and in some cases, pyrite-on-pyrite) fire making system being employed from Alaska and Canada to Tierra del Fuego in the Americas, and from Australia and Melanesia to Siberia, and only a few instances noted in Africa Strike-a-lights (or briquets, in French)—the usual term for the flint element in the flint and pyrite fire making system—and pyrite have been recovered archaeologically from Palaeo-Eskimo contexts on Greenland.The paucity of fire making tools during the Palaeolithic may be due to both taphonomic and behavioural variables.

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