Lithic Studies Society Annual Conference

Boxes of old rocks: new research from old assemblages.

Sunday 19th November 2017

Oxford University Department for Continuing Education

Rewley House
1 Wellington Square


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. Follow the link below for the provisional programme.

Provisional Programme

The single-day conference will run from 9:45 – 16:30, including tea/coffee breaks, please pay through PayPal below.

There is also an organised optional meal, £16, please specify any dietary requirements and highlight choice between meat or vegetarian options. For directions and details of the venue click here. For further details please contact the Vice Chair.

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