Chauvet-Pont d'Arc. L'art des origines révélé par la 3D A noter / Autour de la Préhistoire 7th annual meeting of the European Society for the study of Human Evolution (ESHE)

The siliceous raw materials of northwestern Europe : transnational dialogue on the characterization of raw materials

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30 août 2017 - 3 septembre 2017




Session 335 of the 23rd Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists - EAA 2017

Solène Denis, post-doctoral researcher, Université Paris Nanterre, CNRS-UMR 7055
Jean-Philippe Collin, PhD Student, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne-UMR 8215 and Unamur-LIATEC


Raw material characterization is a prerequisite of any study on prehistoric lithic industries. In this perspective, many lithothecas were established over the last decades, scattered all over Europe and often heterogeneous composed. On one hand, they are generally under-used by archaeologists. On the other hand, they do not allow to easily identify the exogenous raw materials varieties. Nevertheless, the study of the diffusion of flints over long distances as well as the progress realized these last decades in petro-archaeology and geochemical analysis have really highlighted the need to form a solid reference collection of raw materials.

While it is obvious that the mobility and the networks of prehistoric exchanges transcend the current borders of our countries, there is no cross-border teaching on the identification and recognition of the siliceous raw materials used in Prehistory. We wish to take advantage of the EAA 2017 taking place in a region full of siliceous raw materials, to propose a platform of exchanges on the characterization and identification of flints of the chalk from the North of France to the lower Rhine Valley. This workshop will question the limits of our regional reference collection for the identification of raw materials circulated over long distances.


We aim at establishing a transnational dialogue between researchers on the macro- and mesoscopic characterization of raw materials that could be a springboard for a dynamic and long-lasting networking of the researchers of Northwestern Europe. The presence of junior researchers is strongly encouraged.


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Maison de l’Archéologie et de l’Ethnologie
21 allée de l’Université


Deadline for submissions: 15th March 2017