Blade(let) Makers and Communities of Practice at Kharaneh IV
Lecture | October 16 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)
Felicia De Peña, Department of Anthropology, UC Berkeley
Educational processes like teaching and learning are important components of enculturational processes. The act of learning a skill, practicing the skill in daily life, and transmitting a body of knowledge is a dynamic and ever-changing representation of sociocultural practices that reflects the doxa and habitus of a practicing group. In this talk, I will discuss the current methods I employ to understand the transmission of flintknapping knowledge from the Early Epipalaeolithic into the Middle Epipalaeolithic at the site of Kharaneh IV, Jordan. By combining photogrammetry, refitting analysis, typo-technological analysis, and experimental archaeology I work towards a more holistic understanding of the varied aspects of knowledge transmission during the Epipalaeolithic and identifying a community or multiple communities of practice.