NÆR, Stone Tool Technology: Concepts, Techniques and Methods (Summer School) (S20)

Course content

Chipped and ground stone tools are some of the most ubiquitous items recovered by archaeologists. Hominins have made and used stone tools for more than 3 million years and can therefore inform archaeologists about a wide range of aspects of past societies, such as technological change, social interaction, trade and exchange, cognition and past economy. With the introduction of ever more sophisticated techniques, the way in which archaeologists have studied stone tools has developed rapidly in recent years providing increasingly sophisticated means for archaeologists to study one of the largest material groups in the archaeological record. This intensive one-week course will introduce students to the key concepts underlying stone tool analysis and provide them with hands-on experience in handling and analyzing stone tools, knapping, as well as micro-wear, imagery and statistical analysis.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Knowledge of key concepts in stone tool analysis
  • Knowledge of the basic principles of stone tool production and use
  • Develop skills in stone tool analyses, including techno-typological analysis, as well as micro-wear analysis
  • Gain experience in stone tool production
  • Introduction to image and statistical analysis of stone tools
  • Lithic report writing
  • Critical analysis of stone tool analyses (MA level)
Education

Students interested in learning advanced stone tool analysis techniques

Learning outcome

BA Elective in Assyriology, Near Eastern Archeology and Egyptology 2019
(Activity code: HNAB10391E)

MA Elective in Assyriology, Near Eastern Archeology and Egyptology 2019
(Activity code: HNAK0100SU)

Lectures, practical handling sessions, flint knapping demonstrations, ground stone tool production, practical laboratory sessions and exercises

To be announced

ECTS
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Other
Criteria for exam assessment
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Exam
  • 50
  • Excursions
  • 2
  • Preparation
  • 71,25
  • Lectures
  • 23
  • Practical exercises
  • 35
  • Project work
  • 25
  • English
  • 206,25