Lithic Studies Society Annual Conference

Boxes of old rocks: new research from old assemblages.

Sunday 19th November 2017

Department for Continuing Education, University of Oxford


From neatly labelled snap top bags and archive boxes accessed in climate controlled museum stores, to the dusty contents of biscuit tins and bread bags found in private lofts and garages, old lithic assemblages come in all shapes and sizes. Derived from disparate sources including antiquarian collections, stray finds, fieldwalking projects, research excavations and increasingly from commercial archaeology projects, they can provide a wealth of information about both prehistoric societies and those who have studied them in more recent times.

Collected years, decades, if not centuries ago; sometimes missing accompanying paper records; and almost certainly collected for very different purposes from that which they are used today, old assemblages frequently introduce a further layer of complexity to studying the past, but can nonetheless prove to be invaluable raw materials for new research.

The Lithics Studies Society invite abstracts of 200 words for 20-minute presentations on research related to any aspect of studying old lithic assemblages from  museum collections and other sources. Key themes include:

  • Results of new research using old assemblages
  • Integrating old assemblages and new fieldwork
  • Methodological considerations for working with old assemblages
  • Curating lithic assemblages
  • Biographical research on lithic collectors

To reflect the makeup of the Society’s membership we actively encourage submissions from amateur, student, commercial as well as academic archaeologists. Abstracts should be sent to email hidden; JavaScript is required by July 16th.