The research activities of the laboratory are organized around four main themes:
1/ Construction of experimental and ethnoarchaeological referentials
2/ Characterization and chronology of techniques
3/ Variability of technical systems
4/ Changes: innovations, distribution, technical and stylistic borrowings
Theme 1 : Construction of experimental and ethnoarchaeological referentials
The construction of experimental and ethnoarchaeological referentials meets interpretation problems the researcher, at its equipment or that of large archaeological issues. In the first case, the referencials relates primarily to the identification of manufacturing techniques and function objects, and the characterization of their properties and skills involved. In the second case, they deal with phenomena borrowing and techno-stylistic diversification.
Theme 2 : Characterization and chronology of techniques
The theme responds primarily to the identification of new techniques, highlighted in different chrono-cultural and thematic studies. Second, it addresses the identification of technical practices in regions and periods where they had never been documented. These documentaries bases deserve disclosure, including a first stage of analysis, as they can become the foundation for a "genealogy" of techniques.
Worked and knapped stone
Ceramic techniques using wheel
Worked bone, antler, ivory, shell
Responsible : J. Pelegrin
Theme 3 : Variability of technical systems
The theme is the highlighting of cultural groups and their dynamics, as well as different socio-economic organization forms that existed during prehistory and which only begins to perceive variability. Collective reflection concerns the interpretative concepts and criteria are based. The result is a scope for the recovery of systems and socio-techno-economic and methodological reflection on the following axis :
a) Identity value of techniques and/or productions (Resp. C. Perlès)
b) Know how, apprendiceship, specialization (Resp. P. Allard and L. Klaric)
Theme 4 : Changes: innovations, distribution, technical and stylistic borrowings
This theme aims to re-examine and to standardize the criteria that lead to propose interpretations demic or, conversely, cultural, or economic etc. to perceived changes in material culture. This involves crossing different fields of research to contextualize the changes or disruptions seen in technical systems (knapped flint production, for example), as compared to other coexisting systems, together forming different aspects of material culture, and also to better identify phenomena borrowings, at the basis of interpreting technical change.
Les axes :
a) Cross on changes and break in material culture (Resp. É. David)
b) Modalities of spreading of material culture (Resp. V. Roux)