Reaping bare fields: A response to Stemp et al

J. Vardi, A. Golan, D. Levy, I. Gilead

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In 2010 we have described in JAS a novel method for quantifying sickle gloss. Independently, Goodale et al. (2010) published another method for quantifying gloss based on a different method. Recently, the methods of both teams have been criticized by Stemp et al. We argue below that the critique is lacking and that the method we devised, laser He-Ne measurement, is a way to quantify sickle blade gloss that enables an objective estimate of the intensity of sickles use. The system is not expensive and is time efficient.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1905-1907
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Archaeological Science
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2012


  • Laser He-Ne
  • Quantification
  • Sickle blades
  • Sickle gloss
  • Use-wear

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology


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