This is the website of the Leverhulme Trust funded AHOB project, focusing on the earliest occupation of Britain. The project is divided in two phases, Ancient Human Occupation of Britain (AHOB I) and Ancient Britain and its European Context (AHOB II). This website provides information on both phases, including lists of researchers, and announcements of scientific presentations and results. Reseachers may find this website useful.
This website is published by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and focuses on the sourcing and trade of Caucasian obsidian. A few illustrated articles outline possible sources and the extent of the trade network. The 'diaporama' (picture gallery) collects in one place all the many colour photos and drawings in the articles. There is a map and a bibliography.
This is the official website of the Cultural Association for the study of the Quaternary in the Cantabrian region (ACCUCA). The association is investigating a number of Palaeolithic sites in Cantabria, including Sopeńa, where Cro-Magnon and Neanderthal remains have been found. Sopeńa has yielded also faunal remains; Gravettian and Mousterian stone tools and has been dated to 34,000 years BP. A field school has been established and is open to students; information to participate is provided on the website. Short illustrated reports on most archaeological sites excavated by the association are available. Among the sites are Somiedo; Tito Bustillo Cave with Magdalenian cave art depicting animals; La Silluca Cave with elephant fossils near Buelna; and La Peruyal. It is possible to subscribe to a free mailing list by contacting the association. This website may be useful especially to students interested in Palaeolithic environment, lithics and cave art. Researchers interested in the Palaeolithic of Cantabria may wish to contact the association.
The website "Archaeological Excavations at Boxgrove" details a University College of London project. Boxgrove (in West Sussex, England) is a Middle Pleistocene site which contains the largest area of preserved Palaeolithic landsurface in Europe. Excavations over a twelve year period have recovered human remains dating from 500,000 years ago along with numerous stone tools and animal bones, many showing evidence of butchery. This almost entirely linear website gives very brief information on the excavations and introduces some of the methods being used to analyse the recovered bones. Analysis of the Palaeolithic landsurface indicates the site to have been at the base of a cliff. Boxgrove appears to have been either a site where animals were scavenged or were butchered after having been hunted. The pages include a list of all animal species recovered. There is a short bibliography.
This website is published by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and focuses on the discoveries of Homo erectus and associated stone tools in the Indonesian island of Java. A few illustrated articles summarise the state of the research and recent discoveries. The 'diaporama' (picture gallery) collects in one place all the many colour photos and drawings in the articles.
The official website of the International Association for Obsidian Studies (IAOS). The website provides the opportunity to learn about the IAOS and explore technical information relating to obsidian characterization (provenance) studies and obsidian hydration methods. Also available is an online source catalogue detailing obsidian from many locations around the world. The website features an obsidian source catalogue, which provides geographically organised lists of obsidian sources found throughout the world. It also contains a library of obsidian related articles (at the time of review focusing exclusively on the USA), abstracts and IAOS Bulletins. A list of Internet resources relating to obsidian is also given, in addition to a directory of laboratories that specialise in obsidian provenance and hydration studies.
The International Association for Obsidian Studies (IAOS) Bulletin is a free and full-text newsletter published since 1989 available in PDF format. It provides regular news about the association including membership; information on worldwide events and conferences focusing on the study of ancient obsidian, including calls for papers; and illustrated and referenced papers. Updated instructions for submitting new papers can be found on the latest issue of the Bulletin. Most of the academic papers require some knowledge of the scientific techniques employed to be understood and are therefore aimed at the research community.
Stonehenge Laser Scans is a project to test how well a laser scanner could record some of the known rock art at Stonehenge. The project is a joint venture run by Archaeoptics Ltd and Wessex Archaeology. The website has images resulting from detailed scans of some of the stones and from a model of the henge produced from scans at a lower resolution. A number of QuickTime animations illustrating experiments with lighting and the levels of detail achieved may be downloaded from the site. Other sections of the site explain the archaeological context of Stonehenge, other archaeological applications of laser scanning and a "Press Release" gives general information about the project and its participants. Both researchers and students may find this website useful.
'The Lithics Site' provides an online resource cataloguing websites relevant to archaeological lithic analysts. The resource (in a modified form) was also published in issue 22, spring 1999, of Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship. The catalogued websites are categorised by topic area to facilitate easy browsing, and most of the 12 main topic areas comprise a comprehensive resource. These topics include: General Web Sites Archaeology, Relevant Earth Science References, Inter-/ Cross- Disciplinary Science; Research Projects and Initiatives; Literature and Databases (Libraries and Library Resources; Bibliographies; Periodicals; Book and Article Links; Radio and TV Shows; Newspaper Story Links; Databases); Relevant Educational and Institutional Sites (Academic Departments with Relevant Resources; Archaeological Courses on Lithics; Research Centres and Laboratories; Geological Surveys; Organizations and Associations; Electronic Fora (discussion lists and newsgroups); Technology Concerns (including knapping and replication studies); Prehistoric Cultural and Artefact Information and Theories (including artifacts and point typologies); Geological Sources, Samples, and Procurement; "Images on Stone" or Rock Art Sites; Software and Data; Commercial Concerns; and Museum-Related Concerns. The list was updated at the time of review, and may be useful to anyone interested in lithics.
NESPOS is a scientific collaboration platform for research on Neanderthals and associated culture which is accessible to members only. A membership form is available on the website, there are several categories of membership and all require paying a fee. This website provides members with data about archaeological sites; CT-scans, 3D-models; images of Neanderthal fossils and artefacts; 3D maps; a communication area reserved to participants. Members also have the possibility to use the advanced software for 2D and 3D visualisation of artefacts and topographic maps. Members can create their own "space". All private data can be shared with all or selected members and therefore research groups can be formed. Members can also link any useful data to the personal space, where any private data is stored. 3D maps can be produced using separate software that is available to members and must be installed on individual computers. Some papers can be downloaded and an updated bibliographical database is being created. These tools are invaluable for several types of research projects and are adequate for both individual and collaborative research.
A public webpage outlines the main sites, where Neanderthals have been found; these archaeological sites are also the main source of the data recorded in NESPOS. Among the archaeological sites are: Balve; Bockstein; Buhlen; Gröbern; Hunas; Königsaue; Krapina; Lehringen; Neanderthal; Neumark; Ochtendung; Ranis; Rheindahlen; Salzgitter-Lebenstedt; Sarstedt; Sesselfels; Spy; Vogelherd; and Warendorf.
This eclectic website publishes the results of researches carried out by Dr Harold Dibble and Dr Shannon McPherron. Most of the archaeological sites excavated by the authors are Palaeolithic caves located in southwestern France, with the notable exception of the Egyptian site of Abydos. Among the French sites are Pech de l'Azé IV (dataset; preliminary report available in PDF format); Roc de Marsal (Neanderthal infant possibly intentionally buried, stone and bone assemblages; large preliminary reports available in PDF format); Combe-Capelle Bas (dataset; Mousterian facies); Fontéchevade (Tayacian industry, variant of the traditional Mousterian); Roche de Solutré (Solutrean culture characterized by large bifacially retouched blades; QuickTime panorama movies); Kadar (dataset from the 1970s Museum of Sarajevo and University of Kansas excavations); Abydos Survey for Palaeolithic Sites (ASPS; Palaeolithic and Roman sites located, Levallois and Nubian cores indicate two independent cultures; preliminary and final reports are available in PDF format). There are a few picture galleries and a bibliographic database with several papers available in PDF format. Some Windows software written by the authors is available in a separated page; the simple programs are especially designed for survey data collection and spatial recording of artefacts. Some helpful pages introduce all the programs. This website contains many datasets; reports; photographs; and specialist software that make researchers as the intended audience.
This website is published by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and focuses on the site of Hindou kouch, Pakistan. A few illustrated articles summarise the recent researches in the area by a French archaeological team and concentrate on stone tools. The 'diaporama' (picture gallery) collects in one place all the many colour photos and drawings in the articles. There is a map and a bibliography.
This website in French only provides practical and educational information on the Palaeolithic cave of Scladina, where the remains of a human child ("enfant de Sclayn") of about 100,000 years ago has been found. The brief illustrated articles cover many aspects of the archaeological research, but are aimed at the general public. Undergraduate students should still consider reading the "fiches pédagogiques" (PDF format), while researchers may find the sections on publications (with details of some relevant books and the possibility to purchase them online) and current research most valuable.
The free and full-text peer-reviewed journal Revue archeologique du Centre de la France is an open access journal focusing on central France (Auvergne; Centre et Île-de-France; Rhône-Alpes regions) during all periods, but most papers focus on the protohistoric, Gallo-Roman and Middle Age periods. Prehistoric lithics is also a frequent topic. The journal is published yearly on paper; all volumes published since 2004 (volume 43) are available online in this website. All papers are written in French with English abstracts and are illustrated. A substantial section of each volume also contains reviews and letters. This is a specialist peer-reviewed journal that will be useful primarily to advanced students and researchers interested on the archaeology of central France.
The website for the Stone Age Institute, based in Bloomington, Indiana, presents the Institute's research into human origins and introduces its various activities. The Institute has carried our excavations of Palaeolithic sites where in: Gona, Ethiopia; Ain Hanech, Algeria; Transvaal, South Africa; and Nihewan Basin, China. Part of the website focuses on particular aspects of experimental archaeology, concentrating on the manufacture and use of lithic tools. Some of these experiments have involved the participation of Chimpanzees and other apes (Kanzi, the Bonobo). Other studies have involved traditional communities and brain imaging with positron emission tomography (PET). The website also contains news of recent palaeoanthropological discoveries, and a list of publications by staff members is available. This is an educational and informative website aimed primarily at the general public and students.
The Stone Age Reference Collection (SARC) website is a substantial teaching tool covering all aspects of lithics (production and consumption; function; typology; contexts; etc.) that can be invualuable for undergraduate students focusing on Palaeolithic stone tools. All pages are illustrated with pictures or drawings and it contains pages also on keywords such as "chaîne opératoire" and "use-wear analysis" as well as the full-text edition of Roger Grace's "Interpreting the Function of Stone Tools: The quantification and computerisation of microwear analysis" (1989). The website is a great reference tool for students or anyone approaching for the first time lithics.
This website focuses on the site of Pech de l'Azé IV, which is a Middle Palaeolithic cave located in the Périgord region of southern France. The illustrated text published on this website is aimed at the general public and contains some useful information on radiocarbon dating and archaeology as well as a glossary suitable for schoolchildren. The archaeological site was in use during the Mousterian period, which is associated with the Neanderthals, and a large lithic assemblage of Asinipodian artefacts (very small flakes and cores in addition to large flakes). This is an introductory text that may interest students approaching for the first time archaeology and lithics.
Funding for the excavation has come from The Leakey Foundation; National Science Foundation (award 0073856); The University of Pennsylvania Research Foundation; and the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. The website has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the Informal Science Education Program.
The Trabajos de Prehistoria journal publishes peer-reviewed papers, excavation reports and reviews focusing on the pre-Classical period (Stone to Iron Age) in Spain. All papers are available full-text in PDF format, except for the current edition which is full-text only for subscribers; papers are written in Spanish with English abstracts. The journal focuses on issues on landscape archaeology; lithics; and palaeo-environmental research. There are also papers on ceramics and metals as well as papers on related geographical areas (e.g. Sardinia). All contents of the journal can be searched and there are instructions to submit contributions. The user interface is particularly sophisticated and includes functions to produce adequate citations and exporting them to bibliographic software ("how to cite them"); find citations in Google Scholar ("cited by..."); download individual papers ("print version"); lookup words on online dictionaries ("lookup terms"); email the author; and many other functions helping to find similar papers online. Most functions open in a separate page, pop-up blockers might interfere with the extended functionality. This journal may be useful to anybody researching or studying the archaeology of pre-Classical Spain.
The West Yorkshire Mesolithic Project is a research and excavation project centred on a series of Mesolithic sites on Marsden Moor in the Central Pennines. This website is divided into two main sections: landscape, and themes. The landscape section shows what was found on the different areas around Marsden Moor. Results of surveys, test pitting, and excavations at five sites are outlined. The themes section describes how the project was conducted and what results were obtained from lithics analysis, GIS, etc. A collection of detailed documents (Rich Text Format & plain text), special reports (Word 97 & plain text), excavation plans ( AutoDesk dxf) and 3D survey plots (encapsulated postscript) can be downloaded from the 'Further Information' page).
What's The Point? is an online key for the identification of flint artefacts. The website aims to help educate people about the prehistoric (before 1700 AD) inhabitants of Ohio state. The main part of the website is an hierarchical key illustrated with photographs and line drawings which leads to descriptions of the various types of flint implement and the date ranges and prehistoric periods of their manufacture and use. These artefact descriptions include a link to a description of the cultures of the periods. These descriptions may also be reached via an artefact index. An illustrated glossary explains the terms used to describe flint artefacts. This is an easy to use website and includes sufficient information to inform users about the prehistory of Ohio.