The conference is open to all topics regarding the relation between ground stone artifacts and society.

These topics include the social contexts of ground stone artifacts in different regions and cultures from prehistoric to historic times; quarries, quarrying technologies and quarrying tools; production techniques; micro/macro‐wear and residue analyses, as well as other functional studies; trade and exchange systems and mechanisms; studies of bedrock features; ethnography of ground stone use, quern and millstone studies... Contributions are welcome addressing geochemical‐mineralogical methods for raw material characterization, the creation of data backgrounds for provenance analyses, data treatment and evaluation (e.g. statistic approaches, GIS evaluations etc.).


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Monday, 11 September 2017

19:00 Get-Together-Evening (Place to be announced!)

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

8:00-9:30 Registration and Coffee

9:30-10:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks

SESSION 1: QUARRIES & PRODUCTION                                    Chair: Tatjana Gluhak


The organization of ground stone tool production during the middle to late Archaic periods in the Eastern Subarctic, Canada: insights from the Baie Sainte-Marguerite (DbEl-10b) site (Tiziana Gallo)


Production Organization of Ground Stone Tools at the Taosi Site (2300-1900BC), China (Zhai Shaodong)


Macrolithics from Qantir-Piramesse and Tell el-Dab’a-Avaris (Eastern Delta/Egypt)(Silvia Prell)

11:00-11:30 Coffee Break


Millstones of Persian windmills and their quarries in eastern Iran (Moslem Mishmastnehi, Ralf Milke)


A historical production-site of millstones made of cataclastic quartzites near Waldbach/Vorau, northeastern Styria, Austria (Bernd Moser)


Men at Work: Grinding Stone Production in northern Ethiopia, the Experts and the Others (Laurie Nixon-Darcus)


A digitization concept for quarries: The Roman quarries of the Eastern Eifel / Germany(Stefanie Wefers, Tatjana Gluhak)

12:50-14:00 Lunch Break

SESSION 2: PROVENANCE & DISTRIBUTION                               Chair: Susanne Greiff


A geological database for provenance determinations of basaltic rock artefacts in the southern Levant (Tatjana Gluhak, Danny Rosenberg)


Perspectives on the important set of macrolithic tools of Dambach-la-Ville (Middle Neolithic) (Florent Jodry, Marion Delloul, Christophe Croutsch, Philippe Duringer, Gilles Fronteau)


From near and far: Stone procurement and exchange at Çukuriçi Höyük in Western Anatolia (Christoph Schwall, Michael Brandl, Danilo Wolf, Lasse Sørensen, Barbara Horejs, Tatjana Gluhak)


Red sandstones as raw material of Baden culture (late Copper Age) grinding stones (Balatonőszöd – Temetői dűlő site, Hungary) (Bálint Péterdi)


Not by Basalt Alone – the Search for Suitable Local Raw Materials for Large Grinding Implements in the Iron Age II of the Shephelah (Haggai Cohen Klonymus)

15:40-16:10 Coffee Break


New results on the archaeological distribution of Domoszló andesite: Avar quernstones from the site Hajdúnánás, Mácsi-dűlő (Hungary) (Bálint Péterdi; Katalin T. Biró; Zoltán Tóth; Rozália Bajkai; Ivett Emma Tóth; Zsolt Bendő)


Whetstones in Ribe – traded commodities from Norway? (Irene Baug)

SESSION 3: USE-WEAR Analysis & RESIDUES (I)            Chair: Selina Delgado-Raack


Functional analysis of grinding stones and edge ground hatchets from Madjedbebe rockshelter, Australia; 65,000 years of ground stone artefacts (Elspeth Hayes, Richard Fullagar)


A ground stone artefact from southwestern Victoria, Australia: An unusual item with symbolic significance? (Elspeth Hayes, Richard Fullagar, Caroline Spry, Petra Schell, Meg Goulding)


Tracing technologies: A microscopic analysis of ground stone grinding practices and tool material selection in the late pre-colonial Caribbean (Tom Breukel, Annelou Van Gijn, Corinne Hofman)

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

SESSION 3: USE-WEAR Analysis & RESIDUES (II)           Chair: Selina Delgado-Raack


The mining district of Cabrières (Hérault-France): experimentation and techno-functional analysis of macrolithic tools (Isabella Caricola, Marie Laroche, Florian Balastro, Caroline Hamon, Cristina Lemorini, Paul Ambert)


Introducing the TraCEr Lab, laboratory for traceology and controlled experiments (MONREPOS, RGZM) (Joao Marreiros, Ivan Calandra, Walter Gneisinger)


Plant foods, stone tools and food preparation in prehistoric Europe: an integrative approach in the context of ERC funded project PLANTCULT (Soultana Maria Valamoti, Natalia Alonso, Tassos Bekiaris, Maria Bofill, Danai Chondrou, Maria Ivanova, Sophia Laparidou, Calla McNamee, Ismini Ninou, Haris Procopiou, Antoni Palomo, Georgina Prats, Georgia Tsartsidou)

SESSION 4: FUNCTIONAL ANALYSES            Chairs: Jennie Ebeling & Stefanie Wefers


Processing plants for food: Experimental grinding within the ERC-project PLANTCULT(Maria Bofill, Danai Chondrou, Antoni Palomo, Haris Procopiou, Soultana Maria Valamoti)


Ethnogrinding Database: a tool to collect and connect ethnological and ethnoarchaeological information about hand milling systems in the world (Natàlia Alonso, Panos Tokmakides, Themis Roustanis, Georgina Prats, Maria Bofill, Soultana Maria Valamoti)

10:10-10:40 Coffee Break


The use of ground stone artifacts in an ecotonal environment at the southwestern edge of the Pampas, Argentina (Luciana Catella, Gustavo Barrientos)


The Late Epipalaeolithic–Early Neolithic transition in the southern Levant – Ground stone tools dilemmas (Danny Rosenberg)


Ground stone industry of Shubayqa 6 – Preliminary observations from a Late Natufian- Early PPNA site in Eastern Jordan (Patrick Nørskov Pedersen, Tobias Richter)


Ground stone assemblages in the early Neolithic of northwestern Romania (Ciprian Astalos)


Biographical Highlights for the Celts of Varemeni-Goulon, Northern Greece (Anna Stroulia)

12:20-14:00 Lunch Break


Perforated bi-conical stone objects from Tel Tsaf, Jordan Valley, Israel – characteristics, meanings and significance (Marina Bekker-Shamir, Yosef Garfinkel, Danny Rosenberg, Florian Klimscha)


Ground stone tools from the copper production site Al-Khashbah, Sultanate of Oman (Stephanie Döpper)


A Rich Early Bronze Age I Ground-stone Assemblage from Tel Megiddo East, Israel(Aaron Greener; Matthew J. Adams; Robert S Homsher)


Manufacture, use and management of lithic resources in the Early Bronze Age settlement of Bruszczewo (Poland) (Selina Delgado-Raack, Jutta Kneisel, Johannes Müller)


The use of macro-lithic tools in present day Sanganakallu (Decan, India) (Roberto Risch, José Antonio Soldevilla)

15:40-16:40 Coffee Break and Poster Session


Function and Symbolism Changing of Chinese Carved Stone Hitching Post (Ke Bai)

SESSION 5: QUERNS & MILLSTONES (I)                                 Chair: Timothy Anderson


The "Groupe Meule": Research, working method, results and perspectives (Boris Robin, Gilles Fronteau, Florent Jodry)


Limestones used as millstones: facies, provenances and uses of some sandy to pure limestones from France (Gilles Fronteau, Luc Jaccottey, François Boyer, Vincent Le Quellec, Stephanie Lepareux-Couturier, Cécile Monchablon, Bruno Robert, Boris Robin, Paul Picavet)


The millstones of La Cougourlude and Lattara. Evolution of the milling tools from the 6th to the 4th centuries BC. J.-C. in the valley of Lez (Luc Jaccottey, Sylvie Cousseran-Néré, Tatjana Gluhak, Isabelle Daveau, Eric Gailledrat)


Varieties of rock types for rotary querns in the Late Latène period in southwest Germany (Achim Lehmkuhl)

19:30 Conference Dinner at the Museum für Antike Schiffahrt des RGZM, Mainz

Thursday, 14 September 2017


8:30      Departure in Mainz

10:00     Visit of the Bellerberg Millstone Quarries in Mayen

13:00    Lunch

14:30    Visit of the Roman Mines Meurin (Römerbergwerk Meurin)

17:00    Visit of the Laacher See

18:00    Barbecue at the Department “Vulkanologie, Archäologie und Technikgeschichte (VAT)” of the RGZM in Mayen

22:00    Expected Arrival in Mainz

Friday, 15 September 2017

SESSION 5: QUERNS & MILLSTONES (II)                               Chair: Timothy Anderson


Gallo-Roman millstone supply of a hinterland territory limited by the North Sea and the Ardennes: the example of the Macquenoise sandstone (France-Belgium) (Paul Picavet, Sibrecht Reniere, Veerle Cnudde, Wim De Clercq, Roland Dreesen, Gilles Fronteau, Eric Goemaere, Else Hartoch)


The querns from the Roman military camp near Hermeskeil: Bridging the gap to Caesar’s De bello Gallico (Sabine Hornung, Tatjana Gluhak, Andreas Kronz, Gregor Breedveld)


Pompeian mills in Western Europe (Luc Jaccottey, Tim Anderson, Pierre Caussade, Tatjana Gluhak, Claude Malagoli, Paul Picavet)


Raw material variability and provenance of the Olynthus mills from the Greek settlements of Siculi and Issa / Dalmatia (Ivan Šuta; Boris Čargo; Tatjana Gluhak)

09:50-10:20 Coffee Break


Rotary Querns in the Southern Levant: Archaeological and Ethnographic Investigations into a Neglected Data Set (Jennie Ebeling)


Problems in determining provenance of historic millstones in North America: Distinguishing imported European millstones from those made of local stone (Joseph T. Hannibal)


Multiple Lives: The Quern and its Use and Symbolism among Immigrant Scots in 19th-century Canada (Laurie Stanley-Blackwell) cancelled

SESSION 6: SOCIO-ECONOMIC IMPLICATIONS                                                Chair: n.n.


Near Eastern grooved stones: areas, types and chronology (Irina Usacheva)


Spatial and contextual distribution of ground stones in Early Chalcolithic Monjukli Depe/ Turkmenistan (Birgül Ögüt)


Economy and status from the Neolithic to the Early Bronze age sites in the Kura basin (Caucasus): the ground stones evidence (Caroline Hamon)

12:00-14:00 Lunch Break


Alternative use of ground stones from Late Bronze Age Saridjar-Tajikistan (Mike Teufer; Tura, U. Khudjageldiev; Birgül Ögüt)


Stone tools from two prehistoric shell-fish bearing middens at Ra’s al-Hamra (Muscat, Sultanate of Oman): RH-5 and RH-6 (Lapo Gianni Marcucci; Emilie Badel; Francesco Genchi)


Symbols, identity and place: interpreting the decorated stones of Wadi Faynan 16(David Mudd)


Basalt vessel decorations: Inter-regional stylistic and morphometric conventions in the Late Chalcolithic period of the southern Levant (Rivka Chasan; Danny Rosenberg)

15:20-15:40 Coffee Break


Cereal olive oil and wine production: Evident by rock-cut installations at Tel Bareqet, Israel (David Eitam)


Grinding tools standardization during the Middle Bronze Age II period of the southern Levant: A case study from Muntar el-Abiad, Beit-Shean Valley, Israel (Barak Tzin, Danny Rosenberg)


Ground stone cuboids as scale weights in Levantine proto-historic and historic contexts (David Ilan)


Ground stone technology in context: consumption of grinding tools and social practice at Neolithic Avgi, NW Greece (Tasos Bekiaris)


Stone mortars: a badly known part of Iron Age, roman and medieval material culture in Western Europe (Geert Verbrugghe)

17:20 Concluding Remarks

18:00 Farewell wine with typical local snacks and Rhine view

Poster Presentations

Red sandstone as raw material of Neolithic grinding stones in the Balaton-highland (Katalin T. Biró)

3D modeling to help the understand of Ground stones wear-traces: Experimental program in Quartzite and Greywacke (Eduardo Paixão)

Comparative study of the grinding stone tools of the Middle Bronze Age Vatya Culture in Hungary (Annamaria Priskin)

Querns of ‘Iron Age type’ in Roman times (Stefan Wenzel)

The Olynthus mill and its diffusion in the Alps: New data from an unidentified millstone of Veneto Region (Italy) (Denis Francisci)

3D visualisation and analysis of a millstone quarry of the Mayen quarry district (DE) (Stefanie Wefers)

Tracking traces on experimental grinding tools, results from use-wear and starch grain analyses (Weiya Li, Andy Ciofalo)

Up and down: The ground stone items from the Neolithic water well of ʻEnot Nisanit, Jezreel Valley, Israel (Ariel Vered, Yotam Tepper)

Just around the corner: Molasse sandstone used in the early medieval stone production on the Reichenau isle in Lake Constance (south-west Germany) (Romina Schiavone )

Along the early Iron Age Metallurgical Route in the ‘Arava: Groundstone Tools used in Primary and Secondary Copper Production and Processing Site (Aaron Greener, Tali Erickson-Gini, Terrance Christian, Erez Ben-Yosef)

Stories which a millstone tells: Roman origin or style of Roman technology? (Detlef Peukert)

Seeking for Associated Usage of Clay and Ground Stones in Architecture and Pottery Making in Prehistory. A View from Experimental Archaeology and Use-wear Analysis (Güner Coşkunsu, Maria Rosa Iovino)

The Groundstone tools from Gird-i Bazar (Iraqi Kurdistan) (Andrea Squiteri)