Experimental archaeology course in hard animal materials
University of Sassari, 17th - 18th May, 2010.
The participations of Noëlle Provenzano and Ztuzsanna Toth were both concentrated on the analyses of hard animal material industry. While the first presentation, entitled "La tecnologia ossea: viaggio dal Neolitico all'Età del Bronzo" ("The technology of bone: a voyage from the Neolithic to the Bronze Age"), centred on modern methods of studying hard animal materials, demonstrating through many examples the applicability and the results of this type of analysis, the second, entitled: "Bone, antler and tusk tools of the Neolithic period in Hungary", was an examination of the use of hard animal material from Neolithic Hungary, with particular attention to the Final Neolithic.
The presentation of the discussion, the complexity of which was dispelled by clear presentation, comprehensive use of photographs and numerous practical examples, was further enriched by the chance to see the results of experimental production previously undertaken by Noëlle Provenzano. The lecture was concluded with a session of experimentation, in which the students had the opportunity to put into practice some of the working procedure used in prehistory. As an introduction to the subject matter, some of the students decided to apply the method of blank production by bipartitioning to a bovine rib. Others decided to apply "rainurage" to a bovine scapula, with the objective of extracting a discoid blank.