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International Symposium on Chert and other Knappable Materials

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Tuesday, 20 August, 2013 to Saturday, 24 August, 2013
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‘Stories Written in Stone’
International Symposium on Chert and other Knappable Materials

As far as raw materials go, chert and other knappable stone stand out as some of the most common materials in the archaeological record, and in fact in early prehistory, often the only preserved material. They were used in almost every corner of the world, from the Palaeolithic up until today. Use of these materials even predates the appearance of our own species. This conference will cover all aspects of knapped stone raw materials from geological origin, to mining, usage, and laboratory analyses on 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.


15 March to 31 August 2012 — Proposals for sessions and round tables can be submitted
17 Sepember 2012 to 1 February 2013 — Presentation abstracts can be submitted
31 March 2013 — Replies will be given regarding submitted abstracts
1 June 2013 — Deadline for early fee registration
20 to 23 August 2013 — Symposium
24 August – Post-symposium excursion


On matters concerning registration, accommodation and excursions, please write to Vasile Cotiuga at
On matters concerning the Scientific Committee and the scientific programme, please write to Otis Crandell at