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Experimental Archaeology, Theory and practice
This module ofaims to show students the importance of but also practice in order to interpret archaeological tools. It encourages critical and analytical thinking in mounting an experimental protocol for scientific purposes. Through the different activities and the validation procedure, students will experience what it means to be researcher.
The module allows students to:
- know the theoretical and practical bases of stone
- understand the different prehistoric techniques and methods of knapping
- master the different stages of the implementation of an experimental protocol
- master the theoretical and practical principles of usewear analysis
- learn to report results in a short research paper Teaching and organizing staff
Teaching and organising staff
Zsolt Mester (ELTE, Budapest Hungary)
György Lengyel (Miskolc University, Hungary)
M. Gema Chacón (IPHES, URV, Tarragona, Spain / MNHN, Paris, France)
Javier Baena Preysler (UAM, Madrid, Spain)
David Pleurdeau (MNHN, Paris, France)
Antony Borel (MNHN, Paris, France)
Magdolna Vicze (Matrica , Százhalombatta, Hungary)
Gabriella T. Németh (Matrica Museum, Százhalombatta, Hungary)
Program of the course
During the first day, the essential theoretical knowledge concerning raw material sourcing, techniques and methods of stone knapping, experimentation and usewear analysis are presented. In the evening, the students have the opportunity to start learning the practical basics of stone knapping.
The second and third days is dedicated to stone knapping and stone use experimentations in the framework of scientific research.
The Fourth and fifth days, the students have to set up and carry out their own to answer the scientific question of their choice. They work by group of 2 or 3 with the help and advices of all the teachers of the module.
-9h-11h: Theory: Raw material variability in Central Europe
-11h-12h: Theory: Knapping techniques and methods
-13h-15h: Theory: of experimentation and introduction to usewear analysis
-15h-17h30h: Practise: first approach to stone knapping and laminar knapping demonstration
-9h-12h: Practise: stone knapping basics and gestures
-12h-13h30: PREHISTORIC LUNCH
-13h30-17h30: Practise: bifacial stone knapping methods
-9h-12h: Practise: tool use experimentation and usewear observation
-13h-16h: Practise: tool use experimentation and usewear observation
-16h30-17h30: Seminar «case studies or discoveries» by one of the teachers
-9h-12h: Practise: Research question and experimental protocol preparation by group of 2 or 3 students
-13h-17h30: Practise: Experimentation by group of 2 or 3 students
-9h-12h: Practise: Experimentation by group of 2 or 3 students
-13h-16h: Practise: Experimentation by group of 2 or 3 students
The presence and active participation in the whole course is mandatory. Half of the grade is given based on the activity of the student during the week of the course. The other half is based on the writing of a short paper presenting the experiment (and its results) carried out on days 4 and 5.
The paper should be in scientific journal format. One collaborative paper is written per group within a month after the end of the course.
Free registration. Maximum 30 people!
Location of the course
Archaeological Park of Százhalombatta, István király utca 4, 2440 Hungary
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