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‘Stories Written in Stone’ International Symposium on Chert and Other Knappable Materials

[Congrès, colloques, réunions]

20-24 août 2013
Iasi (Roumanie) - Alexandru Ioan Cuza University

Mise à jour le 4 octobre 2012

The organisers of the International Symposium on Chert and other
Knappable Materials are now accepting presentation abstracts. Abstracts should be around 200–300 words. They may also contain one image.

This conference 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 and others. 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, come tell us your stories.

Theme 1 — Chaine operatoire
- Raw material exploitation strategies – mining and surface collecting
- Ancient lithic trade and economics
- Stone tool production and processing techniques
- Use-wear analyses — signs of usage on stone tools (a.k.a. traceology)

Theme 2 — Auxilliary 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

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