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Published Jan 2022

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Lithics; Stone Tools; Palaeolithic; Hunter-Gatherers

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Proceedings of the 3rd Meeting of the Association of Ground Stone Tools Research

Edited by Patrick Nørskov Pedersen, Anne Jörgensen-Lindahl, Mikkel Sørrensen, Tobias Richter

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The papers in this volume focus especially on the relationship between ground stone artefacts and foodways and include archaeological and ethnographic case studies ranging from the Palaeolithic to the current era, and geographically from Africa to Europe and Asia.



1. Making Flour in Palaeolithic Europe. New Perspectives on Nutritional Challenges From Plant Food Processing – Anna Revedin, Biancamaria Aranguren, Silvia Florindi, Emanuele Marconi, Marta Mariotti Lippi, Annamaria Ronchitelli ;

2. The Groundstone Assemblages of Shubayqa 1 and 6, Eastern Jordan - Technological choices, Gestures and Processing Strategies of Late Hunter-Gatherers in the Qa’ Shubayqa – Patrick Nørskov Pedersen ;

3. Starch Grain Analysis of Early Neolithic (Linearbandkeramik and Blicquy/Villeneuve-Saint-Germain) Contexts: Experimental Grinding Tests of Cereals and Legumes – Clarissa Cagnato, Caroline Hamon, and Aurélie Salavert ;

4. Mapping Life-Cycles: Exploring Grinding Technologies And The Use Of Space At Late/Final Neolithic Kleitos, Northern Greece – D. Chondrou and S.M. Valamoti ;

5. Macro-Lithic Tools and the Late Neolithic Economy in the Middle Morava Valley, Serbia – Vesna Vučković ;

6. The Ecological Significance of Ground-stone axes in the Later Stone Age (LSA) of West-Central Africa – Orijemie Emuobosa Akpo ;

7. The New Oasis: Potential of Use-Wear for Studying Plant Exploitation in the Gobi Desert Neolithic – Laure Dubreuil, Angela Evoy, and Lisa Janz ;

8. Above and Below: The Late Chalcolithic Ground Stone Tool Assemblage of Tsomet Shoket – Daniela Alexandrovsky, Ron Be’eri and Danny Rosenberg ;

9. Grinding technologies in the Bronze Age of northern Greece: New data from the sites of Archontiko and Angelochori – Tasos Bekiaris, Lambrini Papadopoulou, Christos L. Stergiou and Soultana-Maria Valamoti ;

10. Pounding Amid the Cliffs: Stationary Facilities and Cliff Caves in the Judean Desert, Israel – Uri Davidovich ;

11. Quernstones in Social Context: the early medieval baker’s house from Wrocław – Ewa Lisowska ;

12. Stone Mortars: A Poorly Known Component of Material Culture, Used in France Since the Iron Age. Including Recent Data for Late Medieval Trading Reaching the Baltic – Geert Verbrugghe ;

13. Telling Textures: Surface Textures May Reveal Which Grains Were Ground in Northern Ethiopia – Laurie Nixon-Darcus ;

14. The Bored Stone, Nougouil: Weighted Digging Sticks in Ethiopia – Jérôme Robitaille

About the Author

Patrick Nørskov Pedersen is a PhD-student in Near Eastern Archaeology at the University of Copenhagen. His research specializes in ground stone tool technology, currently focusing on the ground stone assemblages from Shubayqa 1 and 6, two late Epipalaeolithic-early Neolithic sites in eastern Jordan. ;

Anne Jörgensen-Lindahl is a PhD student at the department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen. Her PhD project researches the chipped stone assemblage from Natufian-PPNA Shubayqa 1 and 6 (Jordan) using micro-wear analysis to understand the role of the tools in terms of food procurement, processing and disposal during the early stages of the transition from hunting-gathering to agriculture in southwest Asia. ;

Mikkel Sørrensen is Associate Professor of prehistoric archaeology at the SAXO Institute, University of Copenhagen. His main areas of research are prehistoric hunter-gatherer societies of northern Europe and the eastern Arctic, climate change research in human science, lithic technology and the chaîne opératoire approach. ;

Tobias Richter is Associate Professor in Near Eastern Archaeology at the University of Copenhagen. His research focuses on the material culture, economy, social organisation and development of gatherer-hunter-cultivator-fishers during the late Pleistocene and early Holocene in southwest Asia.