This symposium will cover all aspects of knapped stone raw materials from geological origin, to mining, usage, and laboratory analyses on these materials. Although we expect that there will be more focus on chert and other microcrystalline quartz varieties, we also encourage presentations related to other knappable materials such as obsidian, quartzite, rhyolite. Papers will be accepted on any culture or time period. Whether you are a field archaeologist, laboratory researcher, ethnographer or a modern day knapper yourself, we are interested in your research".
The symposium will focus on two major themes: (1) the chaîne opératoire of knapped stone artefacts, and (2) auxiliary sciences related to lithics.
Theme 1 - Chaîne opératoire
- Raw material exploitation strategies — mining and surface collecting
- Ancient lithic trade and economics
- Stone tool production and processing techniques — modern and ancient
- Use-wear analyses — signs of usage on stone tools (a.k.a. traceology)
Theme 2 - Auxiliary sciences
- Microcrystaline quartz as a geological material
- Characterising lithic sources
- Lithotheques — collections of comparative raw materials
- Gemology — Microcrystaline quartz as a gemstone today and in the past
- Silcrete as a lithic raw material in global context: geology, sourcing and techno-economics
- Stirring the wheel on human behavior
Several special topic sessions will be held regarding the following topics.
- Experimental flint knapping
The organisers of the symposium are now accepting abstracts for presentations. Abstracts should be around 300-400 words and may also contain one image. Please include the following information: (1) title; (2) presenter(s) along with their affiliated institutions and email addresses; (3) preferred session (see the ‘Sessions’ page); and (4) presentation type — oral or poster.
To send a Abstracts please fill this form
http://cherts-symp2015.net/?page_id=45 All papers will be evaluated by the Scientific Committee. The deadline for submitting abstracts is 28 February 2015.
For more information, please visit the symposium website, or contact the symposium secretariat (firstname.lastname@example.org).
This symposium is organised by SERP, Faculty of Geography and History, University of Barcelona, Spain.
First call for papers (pdf):