Human Evolution @ UCL


Lithic Studies Society Annual Conference - Oxford, UK - 2017

19 November 2017, 9:45 am–4:30 pm


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Department for Continuing Education, University of Oxford, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JA

From neatly labelled snap top bags and archive boxes accessed in climate controlled museum stores, to the dusty contents of biscuit tins and bread bags found in private lofts and garages, old lithic assemblages come in all shapes and sizes. Derived from disparate sources including antiquarian collections, stray finds, fieldwalking projects, research excavations and increasingly from commercial archaeology projects, they can provide a wealth of information about both prehistoric societies and those who have studied them in more recent times.

Collected years, decades, if not centuries ago; sometimes missing accompanying paper records; and almost certainly collected for very different purposes from that which they are used today, old assemblages frequently introduce a further layer of complexity to studying the past, but can nonetheless prove to be invaluable raw materials for new research. Follow the link below for the provisional programme.


The single-day conference will run from 9:45 - 16:30, including tea/coffee breaks, please pay through PayPal.

There is also an organised optional meal, £16, please specify any dietary requirements and highlight choice between meat or vegetarian options. For further details please contact the Vice Chair.