(full list available at
Edited Book (peer-reviewed)
Iovita, R. and K. Sano (Eds.) (2016)
Multidisciplinary approaches to the study of Stone Age weaponry
, Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology, Springer, Dordrecht.
Fitzsimmons, KE, Sprafke, T, Zielhofer, C, Günter, C, Deom, JM, Sala, R, and
(in press) "Loess accumulation in the Tian Shan piedmont: implications for palaeo-environmental change in arid Central Asia." Quaternary International.
Pfleging J, Stücheli M,
, Buchli J. (2015) "Dynamic Monitoring Reveals Motor Task Characteristics in Prehistoric Technical Gestures." PLoS ONE 10(8): e0134570.
., H. Schönekeß, S. Gaudzinski-Windheuser, and F. Jäger (2014) “Impact fracture patterns in exact replicas of Levallois points: the first results of a new controlled ballistic experimental protocol.” Journal of Archaeological Science 48: 73-83.
., A. Dobos, K. E. Fitzsimmons, M. Probst, U. Hambach, M. Robu, M. Vlaicu, and A. Petculescu. (2014) “Geoarchaeological prospection in the loess steppe: preliminary results from the Lower Danube Survey for Paleolithic Sites (LoDanS)”. Quaternary International 351:98-114.
Fitzsimmons, K. E., U. Hambach, D. Veres, and
. (2013) “The Campanian Ignimbrite eruption: new data on volcanic ash dispersal and its potential impact on human evolution”. PLoS ONE.
., K. E. Fitzsimmons, A. Dobos, U. Hambach, A. Hilgers, and A. Zander. (2012) “Dealul Guran: evidence of Lower Paleolithic occupation of the southeast European loess steppe.” Antiquity 86(334): 973-989.
. (2011) “Shape variation in Aterian tanged tools and the origins of projectile technology: a morphometric perspective on stone fool function.” PLoS One 6(12): e29029.
. and S. P. McPherron (2011) “The handaxe reloaded: a morphometric reassessment of Acheulian and Middle Paleolithic handaxes.” Journal of Human Evolution 61: 61-74.
. P. (2009) “Reevaluating connections between the Early Upper Paleolithic of Northeast Africa and the Levant: technological differences between the Dabban and the Emiran.” In Transitions in Prehistory: Papers in Honor of Ofer BarYosef, J. Shea and D. Lieberman (Eds.), pp. 125-142. Oxbow Books, Oxford.
. P. (2009) “Ontogenetic scaling and lithic systematics: method and application.” J Archaeol Sci 36(7): 14471457.
Updated August 2016
I am currently working on one major field project in Kazakhstan and several laboratory projects related to lithic use-wear and experiments. This year I obtained a
Leakey Foundation Grant
to support a new excavation at the early Upper Paleolithic site of Maibulak in the Tian Shan piedmont near Almaty, Kazakhstan, which previously yielded numerous fire features and some early bladelet technology. Fieldwork is currently planned for June 2017.
In the lab, several things are brewing: first and foremost are the
robotic use-wear experiments
(Project RoboCut, with
Agile and Dexterous Robotics Lab
, Switzerland). This project's main aim is to standardize dynamic and kinematic parameters in use-wear-relevant tasks and try to evaluate their effects on wear formation. The idea is that these parameters are related to motor control and other abilities relevant for the biological evolution of humans. We are currently testing the relative effect of force vs. duration of contact on abrasive wear in flint tools, using a
and standardized beech wood plates. Another major project combines the technology used to monitor the scraping task (see
Pfleging et al. 2015
) with a study of spear thrusting. Finally, I am currently finalizing, (with
) a study of microscopic criteria for recognizing impact loading type (dynamic, static, or quasistatic), which is relevant for reconstructing different modes of lithic flake production and different types of projectile damage