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

 Archaeological Research Facility

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.