Forthcoming conference – call for papers

Style and function: cultural identities in stone
Saturday 29th June 2013, Shulman Auditorium, The Queen’s College, Oxford
Organisers: Dr Hugo Anderson‐Whymark and Dr Seren Griffiths
Call for Papers
Lithic classification has been an important part of stone tool studies since the 19th century and the pioneering work of archaeologists such as Sir John Evans. Typologies were often based on form or inferred assumed function — such as the fabricator or scraper — and provided means to investigate artefact variation in time and space. From the late 19th century these typological classification systems assumed importance within wider
frameworks of technological progress or stagnation, or grand narratives of diffusionism and acculturation, while seriation increasingly played a role in dating.
Archaeologists in the 21st century often attempt to produce increasingly fine‐grained narratives from lithic assemblages — for example in residue analysis, refitting, use‐wear, scientific dating, provenancing and so on. These analyses are often situated in the context of large scale debates which might include cultural identity, regional patterning, mobility, and interactions with different communities and environments.
At this conference we wish to explore new and refined ways of looking at stone artefacts. In particular we wish to consider how the ‘style’ and ‘function’ of lithic artefacts and assemblages are related, and how these under‐lying principles of artefact studies can be developed and readdressed in contemporary practice. We welcome contributions on Mesolithic, Neolithic and Bronze Age material culture, and we especially invite
speakers who are willing to address issues in the following areas:
Key issues include:
 Culture and tradition for explaining lithic variation
 Use‐wear studies
 Variation across lithic assemblages
 Lithic assemblages and environment
 Qualitative analyses of artefact assemblages in different locations
 Cross‐disciplinary studies
Abstracts of c 200 words for papers of 20 minutes should be submitted to Hugo Anderson‐Whymark
(hugo@flintwork.co.uk) by 31st January 2013. It is intended that the papers will be published as a Lithic
Studies Society occasional paper or in Lithics.
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To book a place on 29th June 2013 please complete this slip or visit www.lithics.org to pay via PayPal. Booking closes 14th
June 2013.
Tickets: £20 (LSS members/students/unwaged)/ £30 (non‐members)
Two course conference lunch @ The Queen’s College: £20 per person (optional: book by 31st May 2013)
If using this form, please enclose a cheque made payable to the Lithic Studies Society and return it to Hugo Anderson‐Whymark at 36 Leafield Road, Oxford, OX4 2PL
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