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March Lecture: “Connecting tools and materials in the Dutch Late Neolithic through use-wear analysis and experiments”

14th March 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Reconstruction of a Late Neolithic Vlaardingen house and a dugout canoe

This will be a hybrid event hosted by the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland in collaboration with the Prehistoric Society, which will take place both in the NMS auditorium and online. However, it may be necessary, due to any future local restrictions imposed because of the pandemic, to move certain events to fully online only. Please keep an eye on the Society website, e-newsletters and your email inbox for the latest news and further information on Society events.

Lecture will be presented by Professor Annelou van Gijn

Archaeological artefacts are frequently studied in isolation and not as part of a toolkit. This lecture will show how a combination of use-wear analysis and experimental archaeology reveals the interconnectivities between different tools and activities, showing details about past human life that otherwise remain hidden. The results of a new project on the daily life of the inhabitants of the Rhine/Meuse delta during the Late Neolithic Vlaardingen period will be presented as an illustration (www.puttinglife.com). 

Lecturer Details

Annelou van Gijn is a professor at Leiden University where she directs the Laboratory for Material Culture Studies. She studied anthropology and archaeology in the US and obtained her PhD at Leiden University. Her interests focus on prehistoric technology, experimentation and the reconstruction of the cultural biography of objects. She is a specialist in microwear analysis, focusing on the interconnectivities of different materials and toolkits. She recently started a new research project on the Late Neolithic in the Rhine/Meuse Delta (www.puttinglife.com). 

March Lecture Registration



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