From Lithics to Landscapes
22nd May 2016

Venue: Oxford University Department for Continuing Education, Lecture Theatre
University of Oxford

Deadline for Registration: Sunday, 8th May 2016



Stone tools are the most durable elements to be found in the archaeological record but interpreting lithic assemblages is particularly challenging. Traditionally assemblages have been interpreted on a site by site basis. Increasingly, however, archaeologists have used stone tool technology to explore past human social, technological and economic relationships on a landscape scale. Archaeologists have integrated lithics into their landscape interpretations using a range of approaches. For example, functional, typological, technological and raw material studies provide evidence of a history of relationships between people and places spanning the landscape. These approaches can reveal how past human groups made a living from the landscape as well as the constraints the landscape placed on the procurement, manufacture, use and discard of stone tools (i.e. chaínes opératoires). They may also provide evidence of the social and cultural world past societies lived in, as well as their perception of and movement within the landscape. This conference focuses on how archaeologists move from lithics to landscapes. It aims to showcase current approaches to integrating lithic artefacts into our studies of past human behaviour within the landscape.

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Information on the optional lunch, priced at £15.50 and provided at the Department for Continuing Education, will follow shortly.

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We intend to publish the proceedings of the conference in a special volume of Lithics

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