Archaeocafé Podcast – Episode 2 – Revealing ancient lifestyles: An interview with Mariuca Vornicu

hosted by Otis Crandell

In this episode, I talk with Mariuca Vornicu about her work in revealing ancient lifestyles through the analysis of stone tools. We also discuss how archaeology and prehistory are portrayed in movies and in the news.

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Some useful terminology and links

use-wear analysis
a method in archaeology to identify the functions of artifact tools by closely examining their working surfaces and edges

a single sided tool thought to have been used for hideworking and woodworking (by scraping the surface)

a small pointed tool used for piercing holes, especially in leather.

things which decorate; ornaments

a set of articles or equipment needed for a specific purpose.

prestige goods
exchange goods to which a society ascribes high status or value

the “Copper Age”. A cultural period at the end of the Stone Age when people had the technology to produce copper. Some researchers consider it a part of the Neolithic, while others consider it an intermediary age between the Neolithic and the Bronze Age.

Ötzi (Oetzi)
A Chalcolithic man who was frozen in the Alps between Austria and Italy. In 1991, his body was discovered.

AO The Last Neanderthal / AO, le dernier néandertal



About Mariuca Vornicu

Dr. Vornicu is a researcher at the Institute of Archaeology of the Romanian Academy in Iasi, Romania. She is an archaeologist specialising in the lithic industries of post-Palaeolithic societies of south-eastern Europe. Her current research focuses on assessing the transformations of knapped stone technology throughout the Chalcolithic, in relation with the social and economic context of the time.



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