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WHat this Awl Means: A functional and social analysis of prehistoric metal awls from Europe

Project description

Investigating prehistoric European metal awls

Scientists have yet to investigate the purpose, use and social significance of awls, one of the first metal objects made in prehistoric Europe. To bridge this gap in knowledge, the EU-funded WHAM project aims to conduct the first-ever functional and social study of early European metal awls from the period 5000–1600 BC. It will study what these early awls were used for, where they were used, by whom and with what degree of specialisation. The project will enhance knowledge of early tool technology and could overturn the orthodox claim that prehistoric metallurgy was a male-dominated skilled technology.

Field of science

  • /humanities/history and archaeology/archaeology
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/metals
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/employment

Call for proposal

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Funding Scheme

MSCA-IF-EF-CAR - CAR – Career Restart panel


Kings Gate
NE1 7RU Newcastle Upon Tyne
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 224 933,76