TraceoLab is a research centre in prehistory with a strong focus on functional studies of wear traces and residues on stone tools combined with systematic experimentation. Research is mainly focused on the Palaeolithic period in the Old World. The study of hafting is one of the key research topics, next to methodological developments and projectile points. TraceoLab was created in 2012 by Veerle Rots, largely thanks to the attribution of an ERC starting grant in 2011. The ERC project focuses on the Evolution of Stone Tool Hafting in the Palaeolithic.
Thanks to funding of the European Research Council, the University of Liège and the Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS), a fully equipped microscope lab could be developed in combination with a lab for residue extraction and processing and a lab for experimentation. TraceoLab also houses a large reference collection for wear traces related to production, use and hafting, as well as a reference collection for residues, including residues on stone tools. Projectiles form an important part of the reference collection. The reference collection mainly consists of flint tools, but also includes stone tools made out of other raw materials such as quartz, dolerite, hornfels and obsidian.
We sincerely thank our funders, in particular the European Research Council, for their support in creating this research centre.