WS 11: Lithic technology in metal using societies

XVth UISPP Congress, Lisbon, September 7th, 2006


Publication of proceedings


Final programme  &  timetable


 Abstracts of papers

Purpose of the workshop:

During several hundred thousand years of human prehistory siliceous rocks such as flint and chert were the most important raw materials used for tool production. Already in the 5th millennium BC, however, the use of copper is documented in many neolithic tool assemblages and in the course of the 3rd millennium BC metal technology is introduced in prehistoric societies all over Europe. With a few exceptions metal is largely superior to flint when it comes to the production of tools, yet there are regions throughout the world where flint craftsmanship thrived long after metallurgy had been introduced. There are numerous examples of copper and bronze implements being copied with great skill in flint, and in some areas simple flint tools would seem to be in common use even during the early Iron Age.

The aim of this workshop is to congregate lithic researchers working on (pre)historic sites in which lithic technology were of apparent subordinate importance. Presenters are encouraged to share knowledge, data and analytical results on lithic inventories from a global range of societies in which tool-stone is being replaced by metal. Papers providing methodological and theoretical insight pertinent to these issues are also welcomed.

Information on the conference can be found at:

  Dr. Berit Valentin Eriksen,
Moesgaard Museum, DK-8270 H°jbjerg