Stone Age Pyrotechnologies: Fire, Fuel and Food

This project explores evidence of early prehistoric pyrotechnology in order to discuss developments and variations in a long term perspective. In addition it will study the possible implications of the cultural variations in the use of fire and fuel, as well as culinary preferences for perceptions of the enviroment.

Project aims:
  • Demonstrate development and variation in pyrotechnology from Mesolithic to Early Metal Age
  • Consider implications for perception of environment


  • Study actual pyrotechnologies
  • Consider available fuel sources and their properties
  • Relate these to heating, cooking, light and other purposes
  • Investigate ethnographic and historical information on culinary preferences, uses and perception of trees and other vegetation


A  paper was presented by Damm at the Costal Landscapes of the Mesolithic workshop in Oslo november 16th-18th 2016.