Lithoscapes exists to do research because:
- We love archaeology and history
- We agree:
“The most erroneous stories are those we think we know best—and therefore never scrutinize or question.” – Stephen J Gould.
We therefore love to share our knowledge by:
- Undertaking primary research and policy studies in archaeology (especially lithic analysis and interpretation) and history in order to provide frameworks and to promote standards and best practice.
- Advising on proven best practices in dealing with archaeological and historical evidence (especially lithic artefacts and assemblages), including their recovery, analysis, display and publication.
- Educating and teaching on all aspects of archaeology and history to archaeologists and historians.
- Encouraging interaction between the public, commercial, and academic archaeologists, geographers, and historians.
- Informing key decision-makers—national and regional—in designing sustainable policies that safeguard our shared prehistoric cultural heritage.
At the centre of our research we place:
- Methodological standards.
- Best practice.
- The scientific method, consilience, and replicability.
The conceit of our work —research, classes, workshops, conferences, and publications — is threefold:
- Promote the exchange of ideas.
- Champion archaeological and historical knowledge and literacy.
- Establish research and educational standards through a peer-based consensus that is regularly published and available to all that enable the replication and synthesis of work.
We have undertaken research projects on:
- Lithic assemblages.
- Specific archaeological periods and sites.
- Methods, best practices, standards, and policy including:
- Research design, frameworks, and agenda.
- Taxonomy, typology, definitions, and terminology.
- Lithic analysis protocols.
- Data management and database design.
- Interpretation and dissemination, publication and presentation.
- Documentation, conservation, and exhibition of lithics
- Historical periods and people.
Last Edited 14/07/20