Modified Bone and Shell

Éva DAVID
President
Selena VITEZOVIĆ
Secretary

The commission provides a forum for the diversity of approaches to the study of worked hard materials whose origin is animal or human in nature (bone, teeth, shell, horn, ivory, carapace, integument, antler…). Whatever the original contexts, issues of studying the “osseous” and dental materials used, unmodified or transformed, are anthropological.

An ancient worked bone point.

Using methods and classifications applied to the study of objects, craft practices and knowledge, the commission aims to study the action and/or activity of humans (hominins) both in their material reality and in their intangible dimension. It aims to bring together specialists from all disciplines to demonstrate the importance of bone artefacts, or artefacts made using bone tools, in the knowledge of cultures and societies. The recognition of the objects in terms of shapes, materials, species and resources form part of the commission’s remit, as well as treatments for their transformation and use.

Besides their contribution to the understanding of the economies, crafts, beliefs and religions, the commission’s work is also concerned with the intrinsic, symbolic and aesthetic value of the artefacts, the nature of the assemblages, as well as the technological aspects and know-how involved.

In order to benefit from a ‘live’ peer review during the commission’s meetings, submitted papers are presented orally by their author(s). Accepted manuscripts are published in the form of thematic issues by the commission.

Research and publications

Publications

Publication front cover

Contact, Circulation, Exchange: Proceedings of the Modified Bone & Shell UISPP Commission Conference (2–3 March 2017, University of Trnava)

David, E. & Hnrčiarik, E. (eds) 2023. Contact, Circulation, Exchange: Proceedings of the Modified Bone & Shell UISPP Commission Conference (2–3 March 2017, University of Trnava). Industrie de l’os préhistorique 15. Oxford: Archaeopress.

News

No news items found

Members

María Clara ÁLVAREZ
IMASL-CONICET (Argentina)
No profile image available
Robin ANDREWS
Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen (Germany)
Nicholas CONARD
Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen (Germany)
Éva DAVID
Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle (France)
Ewa DUTKIEWICZ
Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte, Berlin (Germany)
Federica FONTANA
Università degli Studi di Ferrara (Italy)
No profile image available
Martina LÁZNIČKOVÁ-GALETOVÁ
Moravské zemské muzeum (Czechia)
Aija MACĀNE
Helsingfors universitet (Finland)
No profile image available
Souhila MERZOUG
Centre National de Recherches Préhistoriques, Anthropologiques et Historiques (Algeria)
Selena VITEZOVIĆ
Arheološki institut, Beograd (Serbia)
Sibylle WOLF
Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen (Germany)