Flint and stone tools have been manufactured and used since the earliest times and arguably they represent the world's oldest technology. The Lithic Studies Society was founded in 1979 to advance the international study of lithic industries, and particularly flaked and ground artefacts, in the broadest possible context. Our member's interests are diverse, spanning Palaeolithic to historic periods across many areas of the world. The Society provides a convivial forum for the exchange of ideas and information and, to this end, the Society:
- Holds lectures, day meetings, conferences and
organises field trips - usually including opportunities
to view and handle artefacts.
- Publishes an annual journal Lithics, which contains
peer-reviewed articles, reviews, and news of the
Society's related activities.
- Publishes Occasional
Papers on conference proceedings and thematic
- Promotes the highest standards of lithics research
and reporting, and recognition of the role of lithics in
broader studies of the past.
- Advocates and contributes to policies relevant to
lithic studies, such as English Heritage's Lithic
Scatters (2001) and
Research Priorities for Holocene Lithics
If you would like to join the society please see our joining page: You will recieve a copy of the latest issue of Lithics, a welcome letter and access to our Members Area, which includes digital copies of the latest journals aswell.