Flint Mining in Prehistory and Protohistory

Françoise BOSTYN
President
Dagmara Henryka WERRA
Vice-President

The commission aims to develop research on siliceous rock mining, discussing and presenting methods and results. It focuses on various aspects, including the different stages of manufacturing, labour specialization, circulation of raw materials and investigation of flint mining sites belonging to pre- and protohistoric settlement networks. 

The aim of the commission ‘Flint mining in Prehistory and Protohistory’ is to advance research on the mining of siliceous rocks (flint, chert, hornstone, radiolarite, jasper and obsidian), discussing and presenting methods and results. Key areas of interest include the study of different stages of “chaînes opératoires” of manufacture, the specialization of labour, the circulation of raw materials, as well as the investigation of flint mining sites within pre- and protohistoric settlement networks. The primary objective of the commission is to promote the aforementioned lines research on flint mining and its methods, with the goal of enhancing our understanding of phenomena and processes related to the mining of siliceous rocks by pre- and protohistoric societies.

Research and publications

Publications

Front cover of 'Prehistoric Flint Mines in Europe' publication.

Prehistoric Flint Mines in Europe

Bostyn F., Lech, J., Saville, A. & Werra, D.H. (eds) 2023. Prehistoric Flint Mines in Europe. Oxford: Archaeopress.

Front cover of 'From Mine to User' publication.

From Mine to User

Bostyn, F., Giligny, F. & Topping, P. (eds) 2021. From Mine to User: Production and Procurement Systems of Siliceous Rocks in the European Neolithic and Bronze Age. Proceedings of the XVIII UISPP World Congress (4–9 June 2018, Paris, France) Volume 10, Sessions XXXIII-1 and 2 XXXIII-3. Oxford: Archaeopress.

Cover image Lithic Raw Material Resources and Procurement in Pre- and Protohistoric Times

Lithic Raw Material Resources and Procurement in Pre- and Protohistoric Times

Bostyn, F. & Giligny, F. (eds) 2014. Lithic Raw Material Resources and Procurement in Pre- and Protohistoric Times. Proceedings of the 5th International Conference of the UISPP Commission on Flint Mining in Pre- and Protohistoric Times (Paris 10–11 September 2012). BAR International Series 2656. Oxford: British Archaeological Reports.

Cover image Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference of the UISPP Commission on Flint Mining in Pre- and Protohistoric Times

Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference of the UISPP Commission on Flint Mining in Pre- and Protohistoric Times

Capote, M., Consuegra, S., Díaz-del-Río, P. & Xavier Terradas, X. 2011. Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference of the UISPP Commission on Flint Mining in Pre- and Protohistoric Times (Madrid, 1417 October 2009). BAR International Series 2260. Oxford: British Archaeological Reports.

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Members

Jon BACZKOWSKI
Uniwersytet Mikołaja Kopernika w Toruniu (Poland)
Françoise BOSTYN
Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (France)
François GILIGNY
Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (France)
Dagmara Henryka WERRA
Instytut Archeologii i Etnologii Polskiej Akademii Nauk (Poland)