TECHnology of worked OSseous materials in Préhistory
Approach, treatment and study of osseous industries

CNRS training course
With the participation of the Universities of Provence and Paris 1, the CAIRN network, and in partnership with Inrap

Since 2003, the CNRS has offered theoretical and practical training courses in the analysis of the technical principles of the transformation of osseous materials (bone, ivory, antler, horn, test, etc.).These courses are chronologically oriented toward Prehistoric and Protohistoric periods (from the Paleolithic to the Bronze Age). Their theoretical aspect is addressed to all those who might discover, during archaeological excavations or ethnographic research, industries made from these materials. TECHNOS is thus open to all persons participating in research activities (illustrators, photographers, researchers, curators, etc.), affiliated with all institutions (Universities, CNRS, Ministry of Culture and Communication, Inrap, Local Government Agencies), who wish to obtain training in the study and treatment of osseous industries from any period (Prehistory, Antiquity, Middle Ages, Modern) or geographic region (America, Africa, Asia, Europe).

Obtain basic training in the excavation, observation, cataloguing, storage and study of osseous industries. The student will learn:
  • to recognize the different materials and manners of working them
  •   he basic terminology and methods applied in technological analyses
  • the techniques necessary for the excavation, observation, presentation and processing of archaeological materials in anticipation of future analyses.

  • Histology of osseous materials, preservation and traces of modification, identification of raw materials used (from prehistory to now)
  • Reconstruction of the fabrication methods of industries through analysis of all evidence of transformation (waste, blanks, preforms and finished objects)
  • Identification and technical and economic description of the different operations in the transformation chaîne opératoire: procurement and selection of raw materials, technical means and methods used (preparation, debitage, shaping, finishing)
  • Drawing, conservation, cataloguing and storage of osseous materials
  • Realization of experimental replicas

Location: France
Dates: one session every two years (1 week in May), next session in 2014.
Number of participants: 14 (maximum),
Open internationally to professionals (researchers, university teachers, technicians, etc.) and doctoral students
aux professionnels (chercheurs, universitaires, conservateurs, ingénieurs, etc) et aux doctorants
Courses taught in French and explanations and lab work in English, Spanish, Italian or Danish on request
en français, explications et TP en anglais, espagnol, italien, danois selon demande.
Teachers: directed by A. Averbouh (CNRS TRACES) and M. Christensen (MC UP1 ArScAn), with the participation of M. Biard (Ing INRAP), P. Bodu (CNRS ArScAn), M. Boucharlat (Restauratrice), J.Ph. Brugal (CNRS LAMPEA), V. Feruglio (Ch ArScAn), Ph. Fosse (CNRS TRACES), N. Goutas (CNRS ArScAn), C. Proust (MCC MAN), N. Provenzano (CNRS ASM), J.-M.Tejero (Univ. Barcelona et ArScAN).
Information: Aline Averbouh /Marianne Christensen