The “Retouching the Palaeolithic” Conference seeks to provide a venue for fruitful conversations and debates on all aspects of bone retouchers and Palaeolithic tool use. Moreover, we seek to challenge the leading experts across different disciplines to develop innovative lines of research on the adaptive significance of bone tool use over the course of human prehistory. To achieve these goals, we have outlined four interrelated themes designed to address the origins, development and behavioural implications of the use of bone retouchers and other related technologies:


Identification and methodology

Time and space

Form and function

Associated archaeology and human behaviour