From Lithics to Landscape
22nd May 2016

Venue: Continuing Education Lecture Theatre, University of Oxford

Call for papers:

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. chaîne 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.

The Lithics Studies Society invite abstracts of 200 words for 20-minute presentations on research related to any aspect of landscape and lithic studies and any archaeological period. We particularly encourage submissions from commercial, amateur, student as well as academic archaeologists engaged in fieldwork or analysis that considers chipped and ground stone assemblages at the landscape scale. Abstracts should be received by the 14th March 2016. Direct both abstracts and queries to Tabitha Paterson and Paul R Preston

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

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