INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS FOR THE TECHNO-ECONOMIC STUDY OF LITHIC PRODUCTIONS IN THE NEOLITHIC PERIOD

Scientific Events for Young Researchers of the Franco-German University

LIATEC, Namur University
CNRS, UMR 7055 Prehistory and Technology
Institute of Prehistoric Archaeology, Cologne University

Registrations: limited numbers, before the 20th January 2019
Inscriptions : dans la limite des places disponibles, avant le 20 janvier 2019

CONTACT and INFORMATIONS :
Solène Denis

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ORGANISATION:
Solène DENIS, Silviane SCHARL and Jean-Philippe COLLIN, with Pierre ALLARD, Laurence BURNEZ-LANOTTE, Ingrid KOCH and Daniel SCHYLE

Scientific Objectives

From the 6th to the 3rd millennium BC, the Neolithic corresponds to a vast stream of innovations that have affected human societies in temperate Europe. The study of the material culture of these Neolithic populations reveals the existence of very extensive exchange networks. The latter are particularly visible through the sphere of lithic productions. However, the recognition of the circulation of siliceous products is closely related to advances in the characterization of raw materials on the one hand, and technological studies on the other. The study of the networks for the diffusion of raw materials therefore contributes to highlighting the mobility and connectivity of agro-pastoral communities during the Neolithic. The triptych (identification of raw materials/technological analysis/confrontation with theoretical data and modelling) constitutes a rapidly expanding research dynamic for a detailed understanding of the socio-economic organization of Neolithic populations. However, while diffusion networks transcend our national borders, there is currently no cross-border academic training. This project of scientific events for young researchers therefore aims at developing international standards for the analysis of lithic assemblages and at promoting exchange and collaboration beyond the national borders of the area concerned. These standards will be based on the development of commonly agreed criteria creating a modus operandi for the description and analysis of raw materials and technological characteristics. With this in mind, we will seek to pool the highly complementary specific scientific expertise of each of the three institutions involved in this project. In addition, we hope, that the young researchers will also benefit from the intergenerational transmission of this complementary knowledge, since experienced and international renowned experts will take part in the projected workshops.

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Programme

Event 1
Liatec, Namur University
21-23rd March 2019
New methods for siliceous raw material analysis and application in Benelux/North Rhine-Westphalia

Event 2
CNRS, UMR 7055, MAE Nanterre,
25-27th June 2019
Lithic technology: principles of analysis and application on Neolithic industries

Event 3
Institute of Prehistoric Archaeology, Cologne University,
9-10th September 2019
Quantitative analysis and theoretical approaches