PAST, INC. is very proud to announce that we have started a new website for the knapping community at www.knappersquarterly.com
. This site is dedicated to the ancient art of knapping (the shaping of conchoidal fracturing stone such as flint, chert, obsidian, basalt, quartzite, etc. as well as other suitable materials [such as glass] by the process of reduction to create various stone tools, knives, and points). More recently, there is a growing trend in the field to knap materials into objects of art (eccentrics) and jewelry. While chipped stone tool production originated some 2.6 million years ago by early humans to more efficiently cope with their environment, the modern art of knapping is enjoyed today by experimental archaeologists, hobbyists, outdoorsmen, and artists alike.
The website already displays the work of many well-known knappers from around the world as slideshows the museum section of the site. Current plans also involve the production of an associated quarterly publication entitled Flintknapping Magazine. This downloadable publication will present various featured articles, knapper profiles, and knap-in reports; along with other relevant information.