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Palaeolithic Archaeology Workshop

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The workshop will provide an introduction to the defining characteristics of humanly-made lithic artefacts, and key features that distinguish genuine artefacts from various natural pieces that could be mistaken as artefacts.


It will also cover basic terminology for the description of lithic artefacts, and the main categories and types of Palaeolithic artefact likely to be encountered in Britain. The course will include presentations, a knapping demonstration, and handouts; but the main content of the course will be practical work on recognition of artefacts from natural pieces amongst a large teaching collection. The course will conclude with a short informal practical test.

This course is primarily aimed at professional field archaeologists who wish to develop or improve their skills at Palaeolithic artefact recognition and identification during fieldwork. It will also be of benefit to anyone wishing to enter the commercial archaeological sector, where these skills are much-needed and in short supply, and to anyone with a general interest in the collection of Palaeolithic artefacts. No prior expertise in lithic artefacts is required.


The course is running on both 26 & 27 January 2018

The price of this workshop is £85 per person.

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26th January 2018

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Dr Francis Wenban-Smith

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