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Lithic Technology, Social Agency and Cultural Interaction in the Bronze Age Aegean. Percussive stone tools related to stone masonry techniques seen through experimentation and use-wear analysis.

Project description

Stone masonry in the Bronze Age

Stone tools were used in masonry in the Bronze Age Aegean. What do we know about percussive tools used for cutting and dressing stone in Crete, the Cyclades and mainland Greece in the 2nd millennium BC? While scholars agree on the use of stone tools and metal tools in stone masonry, stone tools are absent from archaeological records. Little is known about the tools and techniques. The EU-funded LiTechAe project will investigate to what degree and in which ways and contexts percussive stone tools were used. Specifically, it will test different types of stone and metal tools on different building materials. It will also analyse use-wear traces on both tools and architectural components. Additionally, the project will compare materials from key sites in the Aegean and Anatolia.

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Rapenburg 70
2311 EZ Leiden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 281 358,72