2023-2024 / PSTG0050-1

Specialised prehistory placement


Number of credits

 Master in history of art and archaeology : general (120 ECTS)10 crédits 


Pierre Noiret, Veerle Rots

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

All year long


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

Part 1: approach of lithic industries through the topics of technology, "chaînes opératoires", etc.
Part 2: caracterisation of the raw materials, introduction to petrography.
Part 3 : introduction to microwear analysis.
Part 2: analysis of a lithic assemblage.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

To be able to describe different technological approaches depending on the school of thought (french, anglo-saxon), and understand their implications. To be able to recognize the main technological traits tied to the choice of a debitage method, and the characteristics of the knapping tools used, etc.
To learn how to characterize lithic raw materials.
To understand how the function of the tools is identified.
To analyse the lithic collection from a hypothetical archaeological site in order to integrate to field data (including the stratigraphic and spatial data) with petrographic, technologic and functionnal data, in order to intepret the site.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Notions in Prehistory and Palaeolithic are requested.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Seminars in laboratory, field training, use of microscopes, practical exercices.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

Teaching face-to-face and independent work in the laboratory.

Recommended or required readings

A reference list will be provided at the beginning of the course.

Written work / report

Continuous assessment

Additional information:

Evaluation is based on active participation to the seminairs and on written papers.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Parts 1 and 2: Pierre Noiret
Parts 3 and  4: Veerle Rots

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