Introduction. Leave no stone unturned: Perspectives on ground stone artefact research

  • Danny Rosenberg University of Haifa
  • Yorke Rowan University of Chicago
  • Tatjana Gluhak Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz
Keywords: ground stone tools, food production, archaeology, anthropology, AGSTR


Ground stone tools served in many physical and social contexts through millennia, reflecting a wide variety of functions. Although ground stone tool studies were neglected for much of early archaeology, the last few decades witnessed a notable international uptick in the way archaeologists confront this multifaceted topic. Today, with the advance of archaeology as a discipline, research into ground stone artefacts is moving into a new phase that integrates high resolution documentation with new methodological, analytical techniques, and technological approaches. These open new vistas for an array of studies and wide-ranging interpretive endeavours related to understanding ground stone tool production and use. Inspired by these diverse analytical approaches and interpretive challenges, we founded the international Association for Ground Stone Tools Research (AGSTR) in order to promote dialogue and create an optimal, inclusive arena for scholars studying various aspects of ground stone artefacts. Scholars from around the globe met for a five day conference at the University of Haifa, for the first meeting of the newly founded AGSTR. This included the presentation of 47 papers and 17 posters. The current paper serves as an introduction to this special issue of JLS, devoted to the proceedings of the founding conference of the Association for Ground Stone Tool Research, held at the University of Haifa during July 2015.

Author Biographies

Danny Rosenberg, University of Haifa
Laboratory for Ground Stone Tools Research
Zinman Institute of Archaeology
University of Haifa
Yorke Rowan, University of Chicago
Oriental Institute
University of Chicago
Tatjana Gluhak, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz
Institute for Geosciences
Team Geomaterials and Gemstone Research
Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz


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How to Cite
Rosenberg, D., Rowan, Y., & Gluhak, T. (2016). Introduction. Leave no stone unturned: Perspectives on ground stone artefact research. Journal of Lithic Studies, 3(3), 1-15.
Papers Presented at the 1st Meeting of the Association for Ground Stone Tools Research