Stone Tool Technology: Concepts, Techniques and Methods

Stone Tool Technology: Concepts, Techniques and Methods

Course dates:
27 July, 2020 to 7 August, 2020
EU/EEA citizens 1875 DKK/Non-EU/EEA citizens 9375 DKK
Fee advantages:
Full fee
Application deadline:
Wednesday, 1 April, 2020
University of Copenhagen
Copenhagen, Denmark

General information

This summer school will provide students with a well-rounded introduction to the study of lithic artefacts. Starting with raw material procurement and knapping the course will introduce students to the basics of flint knapping, and how to recognize signatures of different techniques used in the past. We will then cover tool use and use-wear analysis, and discuss concepts of data recording and data analysis.

The course is aimed at any students who wish to gain a better understanding of lithic production and recording techniques, and students with an interest in prehistoric technologies more generally. Part of this course will be taught away from campus where flint knapping practicals and experiments will take place. The second part is based in the material culture laboratory and class room at the main campus, where we will discuss recording techniques and other aspects of lithic analysis.

This intensive two-week course will not only introduce students to the basic concepts of stone tool analysis, as well as to some of the newer imaging and statistical techniques, but also provide them with hands-on experience in handling and analyzing stone tools, knapping, as well as micro-wear analysis.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge of key concepts in stone tool analysis
Knowledge of the basic principles of stone tool production and use
Gain experience in stone tool production
Develop skills in stone tool analyses, including techno-typological analysis, as well as micro-wear analysis
Introduction to image and statistical analysis of stone tools
Lithic report writing
Critical analysis of stone tool analyses (MA level)


Please note that the summer courses are non-residential. Participants are responsible for finding and funding accommodation during their stay in Copenhagen.

You can use different online portals to search for accommodation, such as:

Hostel World

UCPH Housing Foundation (acceptance letter from UCPH required).


Application form

ECTS accreditation

Bachelor and master level

7,5 ECTS