Archive for Experiments

Obsilab 2013 Photos

This second edition of the Obsilab Summer School is addressed again to PhD, Master and undergraduate students interested to try an integrated approach to the analysis of Neolithic obsidian assemblages from Western Mediterranean combining technology, experimentation and traceology. See Photo Gallery

News Summer School Sardinia

The ObsiLab International Summer School is adressed to Master’s and doctorate students with previous experience in lithic studies, who wish to deepen the main aspects (archaeometry, technology, traceology) of prehistoric obsidian production. Location : Masullas – Morgongiori – Pau. June, 25 – July, 6.

Wear on tools

Obsidian is a silica-rich volcanic glass. Because of its glassy texture it is one of the most homogeneous rocks, with a very low mineral content, less than 5 % in volume (Poupeau et al. 2007). Intra- and inter-sources variations are well known and concern colours, banding, amount of spherulites, mineral contents, geo-chemical composition, magnetic properties […]

Use-Wear Blind Test

The 1st OUP use-wear analysis blind test took place in AŞIKLI HÖYÜK, in July 2009. Obsidian and flint are both used to manufacture tools but these raw materials are really different by their geological origin -one being sedimentary, the other volcanic. Consequently, their mechanical properties are different so that they are constrained in different ways […]


The first OUP experimental season took place in July 2009 in the village of Kızılkaya, in Central Anatolia. Our team was hosted by the Aşıĸlı Hüyük project and its director Prof. Dr. Mihriban Özbaşaran. The main theme of the season was the identification of harvesting practices through technological approaches. As a complement to the ‘Obsidian, […]

Animal processing

Lithic tools are often used to capture or kill domestic or wild species and to process all parts of the animals for consumption or craftsmanship. Activities such as hunting, butchering, food-preparation, skin-working, leather-working, sinew processing, bone, horn or antler working, are studied here. In some cases, these activities represent very complex operations and chaînes opératoires. […]

Tool Manufacture

Dr. Jacques Pelegrin (Préhistoire et Technology, CNRS, Paris Ouest-La Défense) has begun to build up a reference collection for the identification of knapping techniques. This reference collection will be available for research and education in the Istanbul University, Department of Prehistory. Method and technique, what is the difference ? „Methods refers to any carefully thought […]

Experimental archaeology

Our interpretation of archaeological material culture relies on reference collections which are built up day after day. It is a collective enterprise in which each member of the group brings his or her knowledge and skills. This adenture started in 2001 in Archéodrome de Beaune, in the land of Burgundy wine, under the aegis of […]