Introduction  to  Flaked  Stone  Tool  Technologies

Next Workshop:  October 14 – 18, 2019


This Archaeological Investigations Northwest, Inc. (AINW) workshop is designed for professional archaeologists, students of archaeology, and non-professionals interested in lithic technological analysis.  This workshop is certified by the Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA) for Continuing Professional Education credits.

The workshop will be held October 14-18, 2019, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day at the AINW facility located at 3510 NE 122nd Ave., Portland, Oregon, 97230.


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Workshop Information


This is an introductory course in flintknapping and lithic technological analysis and is an intensive immersion into the subject. The workshop focuses on learning how to apply flintknapping experimentation results to interpretation of the archaeological record.  The training emphasizes hands-on production and analysis of flaked stone tools and debitage.  Participantsare taught several technologies (including core, biface, bipolar, and blade technologies), and learn to recognize and identify the distinctive manufacturing products and by-products of each.


Daily instruction alternates between flintknapping and identification and analysis of technologically diagnostic attributes of debitage and tools.  During the workshop, each participant produces a study (comparative) collection of technologically diagnostic tools and flakes.


One week (five consecutive eight-hour days).


AINW facilities in Portland, Oregon, include a covered outdoor structure specifically designed for experimental flintknapping and an adjacent indoor classroom and laboratory.

Manner of Teaching

Instructors provide demonstrations and participants receive instruction in groups and one-on-one, while learning to flintknap.  Small groups of participants analyze the experimentally produced tools and flakes to identify the key diagnostic attributes.  The instuctors provide training in this process and guide participants in recognizing traits that distinguish technologies.

There are no prerequisites for participants apart from a willingness to perform flintknapping work outdoors and to study lithic materials in a classroom/laboratory setting.  Participants are evaluated on the basis of attendance; effort and improvement in flintknapping; participation in group activities; and quizzes.

Continuing Professional Education Credit

(40 hours) is available through the Register of Professional Archaeologists.



John L. Fagan, Ph.D., R.P.A. – see bio

John has been conducting lithic analysis studies and teaching lithic technology workshops since the mid-1960s.  John has published extensively, and is on the editorial board of the journal Lithic Technology.

Terry L. Ozbun, M.A., R.P.A. – see bio

Terry has published articles and taught classes in lithic technological studies for over 20 years.