I began creating this WEB site in 1996 to share my ideas and knowledge of the Paleoindians, the Archaic and archaeology of mostly the southwest. I have added a new document to the site every three to six months. Since that beginning, I have also been reading, attending conferences and meetings, communicating with colleagues, and visiting old and new archaeological sites around the world. Therefore, my own intellectual growth has not been stagnant and many of my ideas have evolved during this time. The evolution of ideas is apparent in documents at this site because all the previous documents have been retained. I considered removing the older ones that no longer reflect my current thinking to maintain an internally consistent WEB site. But I chose not to because the evolution is as informative as the theories. Changing one's beliefs (theories) when the data demands the change is healthy, normal and the way science works.
A Theory for Flake Creation -- A mathematical connection between percussion and pressure flaking is offered in this paper. This is a continuation of my research into flake mechanics, which began in 1998. (12/21/03)
Static and Dynamic Loading Modes -- Four days after I went public with this paper, I knew it had some serious problems. Today, its value is like the other earlier papers in this section; they are rough drafts of the ones that follow them. This is a rough draft to "A Theory for Flake Creation." By keeping these earlier papers here, the reader can get a glimpse of how these ideas have evolved. (September 2003)
Flakes from Flat Surfaces -- A report written by Jim Winn on his experimental knapping with flat surfaces. This is an extremely informative paper if one is into lithics or knapping. (January 2003)
I occasionally receive comments from the readers. I treasure these and
keep them in hard copy form in a notebook. If you want to join the
honored few that are in my notebook, please email me at email@example.com with your comments
and/or questions. For the reader who is interested I have a short autobiography at Tony's Autobiography
I want to thank Connie Adkins, Doug Land, Phil LeTourneau and Bob Patten for
editorial help on my pages. It takes time and effort to clean up behind
me and these individuals have done the lion's share of this work. At
times I have chosen to ignore their recommendations, so all the mistakes
and bad archaeology are mine.