Autumn Meeting 2017 - Extracting more than rock? Insights into the acquisition of stone and flint in the Neolithic

Autumn Meeting

10:30am – 5pm Monday 6th November 2017

Extracting more than rock? Insights into the acquisition of stone and flint in the Neolithic

Organisers: Anne Teather, Pete Topping and Jon Baczkowski

The Stevenson Lecture Theatre (lowest level of the Great Court), the British Museum, London

NB Please organise your own refreshments on arrival and lunchtime: we only provide afternoon tea!

10.00   Coffee (available for purchase at outlets in the Great Court)

10.20   Welcome / introduction  Timothy Darvill

10:30   Langdale and the northern Neolithic  Richard Bradley, Stephen Shennan and Aaron Watson

10:50   Crossing the divide: stone procurement in the late Mesolithic and its influence in the Neolithic of north-west England  Bradley, F. Brown, V. Davis, A. Dickson, R. Donahue, A. Evans and R. Stewart:

11:10   Beyond the mountain: symmetries of the Neolithic in Cumbria? Steve Dickinson

11:30   Beyond the quarries? Understanding Neolithic lithic procurement in southern Norway Astrid Nyland

11:50   Felsite Blues: The role of reibeckite felsite in Neolithic Shetland Gabriel Cooney, Will Megarry, Mik Markham, Torben Ballin, Joanne Gaffrey, Bernard Gilhooly, Brendan O’Neill, Jenny Murray, Alison Sheridan and Astrid Nyland:

12:10   Like flint but different? Chert asserts its character Rosemary Stewart

12:30 – 2:00 LUNCH (make your own arrangements)

2:00     What does sarsen stone quarrying look like? Katy Whitaker

2:20     A new ethnoarchaeological model for lithic extraction Pete Topping

2:40     Supply and demand in the Neolithic quarry and mine production of Northwest Europe Stephen Shennan

3:00     “It shouldn’t have been found there!”: the trouble with Greenwell’s axe Martyn Barber

3:20 – 3:40  AFTERNOON TEA (provided by NSG)

3:40     A whiter shade of pale: powerful relationships between Neolithic communities and the underworld at Monkton-Up-Wimborne, Dorset Susan Greaney

4:00     Breaking chalk: archaeological investigations at Long Down and Harrow Hill, West Sussex, 1984-86 Jon Baczkowski and Robin Holgate

4:20     Are all flint mine shafts equal? New radiocarbon dating on Blackpatch Shaft 1, Sussex Anne Teather

4:40 – 4:50 DISCUSSION

4:55     CLOSE

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6 November 2017

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