Meeting | Nice 2018

Three years after the first AWRANA Conference in Leiden,
Connecting people & technologies,
the next AWRANA conference will be held in Nice (France)
From 29 May – 1 June 2018.
This encounter will be the 13th major international meeting of use-wear analysts
(since the first CLUW in Vancouver in 1979)

The central focus of the conference will be “Beyond use-wear traces: about 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 not really reflect the integrated nature of technical systems in which different material categories are in dynamic interaction. Hence, exploring the interactions between different chaines operatoires is crucial for a more global concept of the toolkit with all its components and it is a precondition for paleoethnographic reconstructions of technical systems and economies.

This conference aims to revive the debate on the role of traceology (use-wear and residues) in multidisciplinary approaches that address archaeological questions. Therefore, we invite presentations which are not solely isolated functional studies, but which attempt to integrate other approaches and/or different raw materials. Starting from a functional perspective, presentations could explore topics such as apprenticeship, group dynamics, social status, economy, technological evolution, spatial organisation, mobility patterns and territories, or adaptations to cultural and environmental changes. Also presentations dealing with more methodological topics are encouraged as methodological advances are in the heart of the discipline (experimentation, trace quantification, residue characterisation).

Different kinds of presentations could be proposed:

  • Oral presentations (15 min)
  • Pecha Kucha (Pecha Kucha is a presentation format where you show a fixed number of 20 slides, each displayed for exactly 20 seconds. The slides advance automatically without control of the presenter. See info on
  • Posters

The deadline for the proposal of a communication is October 15th, 2017. Proposals need to include an abstract of maximum 300 words and 5 keywords.

Contact: [email protected]

Organisers: S. Beyries, UCA-CNRS, C. Hamon, Paris 1 Univ.-CNRS, Y. Maigrot, Paris1 Univ.-CNRS.

Scientific Committee: R. Fullagar, Wollongong Univ. (Australia); D. Macdonald, Tulsa Univ. (USA); E. Gyria, Russian Academy of Sciences (Russia); V. Rots, Liege Univ. (Belgium); I. Clemente, CSIC Barcelone (Spain); A. Van Gijn, Leiden Univ. (Netherlands); C. Lemorini , Rome Univ. (Italy); A. Little, York Univ. (UK); E. Claud, Inrap (France).