Experimental Archaeology

Archaeologist Michelle Bebber, Ph.D., assistant professor in Kent State's Department of Anthropology demonstrates the use of an atlatl on the Kent Campus

A new study led by Archaeologist Michelle Bebber, assistant professor in Kent State’s Department of Anthropology, has demonstrated that the atlatl (i.e. spear thrower) functions as an “equalizer,” a finding which supports women’s potential active role as prehistoric hunters.

Metin Eren, Ph.D., associate professor and director of archeology at Kent State University, demonstrates flintknapping.

For most, the craft known as flintknapping is a skilled hobby or art form that was thought to occasionally require bandages or stitches. However, new research suggests flintknapping is far more dangerous than previously understood.