The Evolution of Stone Tool Hafting in the Palaeolithic

ERC starting grant (2013-2017)

Palaeolithic stone tool hafting has been considered important for decades given its interpretative potential for understanding technological and cognitive evolutions. Unfortunately, it has proven difficult to design methods that allow researchers to gain insights into the appearance of hafting and its evolution through time. The main reason is the problematic preservation of the organic material the handles are made of. Over the years, new techniques have been developed that allow a more detailed investigation of hafting. While microscopic analyses have been applied since the nineteen-eighties for the examination of stone tool use, the suitability of this approach for examining hafting wear has been only recently demonstrated by the PI.

The project is performed within the research group TraceoLab directed by Dr. Veerle ROTS

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