Association of Archaeological Wear & Residue Analysts

The Association

The Association of Archaeological Wear and Residue Analysts aims to bring together specialists in archaeological research who deal with the analysis of artefacts to study function and modification. This extends to all aspects of wear, modifications, and damage analysis on lithics, faunal remains (e.g. teeth, antler, bone), metals, potsherds, haematite and other artefact matierials.

  AWRANA Nice 2018  

AWRANA Conference, Nice 2018, Beyond Use-Wear Traces: About Tools and People

May 29th-June 1, 2018

Three years after the first AWRANA Conference in Leiden, Connecting people and technologies, the next AWRANA conference will be held in Nice (France), from 29th May – 1st June 2018. This encounter will be the 13th major international meeting of use-wear analysts.

The central focus of the conference will be « Beyond use-wear traces: about tools and people ». Many studies on technological aspects of material culture deal with specific material categories (e.g. flint, ceramics, bone), often in separate or isolated ways, and this division does not really reflect the integrated nature of technical systems in which different material categories are in dynamic interaction. Hence, exploring the interactions between different chaînes opératoires is crucial for a more global concept of the toolkit with all its components and it is a precondition for paleoethnographic reconstructions of technical systems and economies.

This conference aims to revive the debate on the role of traceology (use-wear and residues) in multidisciplinary approaches that address archaeological questions. Therefore, we invite presentations which are not solely isolated functional studies, but which attempt to integrate other approaches and/or different raw materials. Starting from a functional perspective, presentations could explore topics such as apprenticeship, group dynamics, social status, economy, technological evolution, spatial organisation, mobility patterns and territories, or adaptations to cultural and environmental changes. Also presentations dealing with more methodological topics are encouraged as methodological advances are in the heart of the discipline (experimentation, trace quantification, residue characterisation).

Different kinds of presentations could be proposed:
- Oral presentations 15mins
- Pecha Kucha (Pecha Kucha is a presentation format where you show a fixed number of 20 slides, each displayed for exactly 20 seconds. The slides advance automatically without control of the presenter. See info on
- Posters

The deadline for the proposal of a communication is now October 15th, 2017. Proposals need to include an abstract of maximum 300 words and 5 keywords.


Organizers: S. Beyries (UCA-CNRS), C. Hamon (Paris 1 Univ.-CNRS), Y. Maigrot (Paris1 Univ.-CNRS).

Scientific Committee: R. Fullagar, Wollongong Univ. (Australia); D. Macdonald, Tulsa Univ. (USA); E. Gyria, Russian Academy of Sciences (Russia); V. Rots, Liège Univ. (Belgium); I. Clemente, CSIC Barcelone (Spain); A. Van Gijn, Leiden Univ. (Netherlands); C. Lemorini , Rome Univ. (Italy); A. Little, York Univ. (UK); E. Claud, Inrap (France).



The association was established by a scientific committee formed as part of the 'Use-Wear 2012' conference. That committee voted to place Dr Richard Fullagar as the president of the association and Dr Veerle Rots as vice president.


Latest News

Abstract Deadline Extended

The call for papers for the next AWRANA symposium in Nice, France, has been extended.

The new deadline for abstracts is the 15th October.



Dr Richard Fullagar

Vice President:
Dr Veerle Rots

Dr Danielle Macdonald

Dr Aimee Little

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