The central focus of the conference will be beyond use-wear traces: on tools and people. Many studies on technological aspects of material culture deal with specific material categories (e.g. flint, ceramics, bone), often in separate or isolated ways, and this division does no really reflect the integrate nature of technical systems in which different material categories are in dynamic interaction. Hence, exploring the interactions between different chanes opratoires is crucial for a more global concept of the toolkit with all its components and it is a precondition to paleoethnographic reconstructions of technical systems and economies.
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