Dan Stueber has been a flintknapper and practitioner of primitive technologies since 1982. He has studied flintknapping and lithic technology with Dr. John Fagan and Dr. Errett Callahan and for the last two decades has served as teaching assistant to several of Dr. Fagan's lithic analysis classes and workshops and to Dr. Callahan's flintknapping master classes. He has taught at University of Victoria and co-taught courses with Dr. Fagan in all aspects of lithic technology and analysis for Portland State University, Malheur Wildlife Refuge and to archaeologists with the US Forest Service, US Park Service, US Bureau of Land Management and California Dept. of Transportation. Dan was the Lithic Specialist at Archaeological Investigations Northwest for 25 years, where he conducted technological analysis, including the entire assemblage from the Marmes Rockshelter (45FR50),* taught lithic analysis and contributed to reports on hundreds of prehistoric sites in the Pacific Northwest.
Dan has had the opportunity to study stone tool collections and technologies in many countries around the world and continues to teach courses in ground stone and lithic technology in the Pacific Northwest.
Dan does custom orders of stone knives and replicas of stone points in any style. You can contact him at dan [at] thunderstones.com for price quotes.
Hand axes were the first prehistoric tools to be recognized as such: the first published representation of a hand axe was drawn by John Frere and appeared in a British publication in 1800. Up until that time their origins were thought to be natural or supernatural (they were called Thunderstones because popular tradition held that they had fallen from the sky during storms or were formed inside the earth by a lightning strike and then appeared at the surface; in fact they are still used in some rural areas as an amulet to protect against storms).
*Marmes Rockshelter; A Final Report on 11,000 Years of Cultural Use, Edited by Brent A. Hicks, Washington State Univ. Press, Pullman WA.