Copenhagen, Denmark

Stone Tool Technology: Concepts, Techniques and Methods

when 27 July 2020 - 7 August 2020
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 7.5 EC

Stone Tool Technology: Concepts, Techniques and Methods

This summer school will provide students with a well-rounded introduction to the study of lithic artefacts. Starting with raw material procurement and knapping the course will introduce students to the basics of flint knapping, and how to recognize signatures of different techniques used in the past. We will then cover tool use and use-wear analysis, and discuss concepts of data recording and data analysis.

The course is aimed at any students who wish to gain a better understanding of lithic production and recording techniques, and students with an interest in prehistoric technologies more generally. Part of this course will be taught away from campus where flint knapping practicals and experiments will take place. The second part is based in the material culture laboratory and class room at the main campus, where we will discuss recording techniques and other aspects of lithic analysis.

This intensive two-week course will not only introduce students to the basic concepts of stone tool analysis, as well as to some of the newer imaging and statistical techniques, but also provide them with hands-on experience in handling and analyzing stone tools, knapping, as well as micro-wear analysis.

Learning Outcomes

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

1 April: First round applications
1 June: Second round applications (after availability)

Course leader

Tobias Richter

Target group

Students must apply by 1 April 2020 by submitting application form including relevant documents. Deadline for second round of applications in case of remaining seats is 1 June 2020.

Applicants who have passed a minimum of one year of bachelor-level studies are eligible to apply for admission.

Students must include a motivation letter expressing why they would like to take this course, previous relevant experience, and plans for future studies (maximum one page).

Accepted students will be notified before the end of April.

Fee info

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