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12th International Symposium on Knappable Materials

Organised by
Department of Archaeology, Hungarian National Museum (HNM)

Knappable materials include any which can be worked by the technique of knapping: flint, chert, obsidian and other rocks, even artifical materials like glass. The special theme selected for ISKM 12 is Bedrock and Alluvial: Primary and Secondary Raw Material Sources. This conference will cover all aspects of knapped stone raw materials, from geological origin to mining, usage, and laboratory analyses of these materials. Papers will be accepted on any culture or time period. Whether you are a field archaeologist, laboratory researcher, ethnographer or a modern day knapper yourself, we are interested in your research.

Venue and date

The symposium will be held between 20 and 24 November 2019 (Wednesday to Sunday) in the Hungarian National Museum, Budapest. It is the oldest museum in Hungary, founded in 1802. The collection encompasses the complete prehistorical and historical sequence in the Carpathian Basin (Central Europe) with strong emphasis on lithic traditions.

Organiser of the Conference

Department of Archaeology, Hungarian National Museum (HNM)

Registration Fee for the Conference

The full registration fee for regular participants will be 200 Euro.
Early bird registration before 1st of June 2019 will be 150 euro.
There is a 50% discount for students and accompanying persons.

We will provide facilities for teleconferencing and have a special fee (50% discount for any applicable costs) for “distance participants” but we would like to invite people to participate in person rather than video-conferencing.

Suggested Topics

We will be keeping the traditional topics and sessions of the ISKM and will complete it with a
special thematic session titled Bedrock and Alluvial: Primary and Secondary Raw
Material Sources. The following are the regular sessions.

Raw material exploitation strategies: mining and surface collecting
Ancient lithic trade and economics
Stone tool production and processing techniques
Polished stone tool production: knapping before and after polishing
Use-wear analyses; signs of usage on stone tools (a.k.a. traceology)
Geology of knappable materials
Characterising lithic sources
Lithotheques: collections of comparative raw materials
Gemology: obsidian and quartz as gemstones
Experimental flint knapping
Lithic technology of recent periods: Modern and Mediaeval
Proposals by participants for other session topics are welcome!


A conference excursion for participants is planned to the Ipolytarnóc palaeontological site and/or the Vértesszőlős and Tata archaeological sites.

Local Organising Commitee

Antoni, Judit (Independent researcher, Budapest)
Borel, Antony (ELTE – CNRS)
Bácskay, Erzsébet (Independent researcher, Budapest)
Józsa, Sándor (ELTE)
Kasztovszky, Zsolt (MTA-EK)
Kovács Kis, Viktória (MTA-EK)
Kristály, Ferenc (MU)
Markó, András (HNM)
Papp, Gábor (HNHM)
Péterdi, Bálint (MBFSz)
Rajczy, Miklós (MTTM)
Szakáll, Sándor (MU)
Szakmány, György (ELTE)
Szilágyi, Kata (MFM)
T. Biró, Katalin (HNM)
T. Dobosi, Viola (HNM)
Tóth, Zoltán Henrik (MU)

Scientific Committee

Antonović, Dragana (Institute of Archaeology, Belgrade, Serbia)
Brandl, Michael (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, Austria)
Biagi, Paolo (Ca' Foscari University, Venezia, Italy)
Burke, Adrian (Université de Montréal, Canada)
Crandell, Otis (Universidade Federal do Paraná, Curitiba, Brasil)
Gurova, Maria (National Institute of Archaeology and Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria)
Julig, Patrick (Laurentian University, Sudbury Canada)
Mangado, Xavier (Universidad de Barcelona, Spain)
Mihailović, Dušan (University of Belgrade, Serbia)
Prichystal, Antonin (Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic)
Sánchez de la Torre, Marta (Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain)
Skakun, Natalia (Academy of Sciences, Saint Petersburg, Russia)
Šošić-Klindžić, Rajna (Zagreb University, Croatia)
Starnini, Elisabetta (Università di Pisa, Italy)
Trnka, Gerhard (Universität Wien, Vienna, Austria)
Ţurcanu, Senica (Moldavian History Museum, Iaşi, Romania)
Valde-Nowak, Pawel (Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland)
Valenzuela, Leslye Paris (Nanterre University, Paris, France / Peru)
Rey Solé, Mar, (Barcelona, Spain)