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Congrès, colloques, réunions - Appel à contributions / Call for papers


8-11 septembre 2021

202109_kiel_eaa_27_logoSession 300 - 27th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists : Widening Horizons


The concept of alterity, an ‘other’ in contrast to which the (collective or individual) self is defined and constructed, has long been a mainstay of social archaeology. Following the material turn in the social sciences, we may also consider the agency of material objects on one another. This leads us to a fundamental, though in some respects perhaps underdiscussed, principle of use-wear studies: any object under analysis develops its defining characteristics, i.e. use-wear traces, only through contact with an ‘other’, i.e. the contact material.
While welcoming all proposals exploring the epistemology of use-wear analyses either through specific case studies or in more general terms, the session aims to put, for the first time, contact materials centre-stage in traceological discourse and especially invites contributions highlighting the role of contact material choice and treatment in experimental use-wear studies. Topics discussed might include, e.g., issues of both replicability and ethics (as well as legal ones) in the choice of natural contact materials or artificial analogues, e.g. in the study of Palaeolithic hunting or Prehistoric warfare; the diagnostic potential of comparative studies of ‘narrow ranges’ of contact materials, e.g. different plant species such as types of cereals exploited by Neolithic farmers; best practice in the choice and pre-treatment of single contact materials standing in for larger, more varied groups of materials including potential proposals for standard samples, e.g. in the study of Bronze Age axes and forest clearance.
With use-wear study having taken much inspiration from the engineering and natural sciences, e.g. tribology, this session also directly pertains to a fundamental epistemological debate in the ‘hard’ sciences, i.e. the much-cited crisis of reproducibility and the (partly) resultant crisis of confidence in science: careful consideration of the traceological ‘other’ is crucial for ensuring repeatability, replicability and reproducibility in both controlled laboratory and actualistic field trials.

Session Organisers:
Main organiser:
Ulrich Thaler (Germany)
João Marreiros (Germany)
Danielle Macdonald (United States)


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Call for oral and poster contributions is now open - deadline for submitting an abstract is 11 February 2021