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Expanding Boundaries: Science and Theory in Prehistoric Studies

Publication date: Jun 19, 2014 05:09 PM

Start: Oct 24, 2014 03:45 PM
End: Oct 25, 2014 07:00 PM

Location: UCL Petrie Museum & UCL Institute of Archaeology

Expanding Boundaries: Science and Theory in Prehistoric Studies

A conference entitled 'Expanding Boundaries: Science and Theory in Prehistoric Studies' will be held at UCL's Petrie Museum and the Institute of Archaeology on 24 & 25 October.

Prehistoric and protohistoric disciplines all over the world contribute to create cutting-edge theoretical and scientific approaches to the study of archaeological evidence. The richness and diversity of Egyptian, Nubian and Sudanese pre- and protohistoric landscapes have indeed stimulated similar debate in these fields, but on what themes and to what extent? How has the Egypto-Nubian contribution to on-going theoretical and scientific debates been welcomed by other prehistoric disciplines?

In order to answer these questions the participation of both prehistorians of Egypt/Nubia/Sudan and researchers from different backgrounds (e.g. archaeological sciences, Mediterranean, World and Comparative Archaeologies, Anthropology) who share an interest in prehistory and wish to provide theoretical and/or scientific-laden perspectives on research themes common to their disciplines and Egypto/Nubian archaeology is greatly encouraged.

In particular, alongside papers addressing the state of the discipline, the conference organisers would like to invite speakers to focus on how the on-going dialogue between science and theory can inform research on cultural interaction and exchange; violence, inequality and social marginality; the rise of social complexity; landscape and body theory in pre- and protohistoric archaeology.

Deadline for abstracts extended

Abstracts of no more than 200 words for a poster presentation should be sent to Veronica Tamorri (Durham University) and Elisa Perego (UCL) at  exbo14@gmail.com by 14 October 2014. For further information please contact the conference organisers. 

EXBO 2014 will feature the following sessions:

  • Session 1: Thinking outside the Archaeology box: new technologies applied to the past
  • Session 2: Theoretical and methodological approaches to zooarchaeology and archaeobotany
  • Session 3: Funerary archaeology: method and theory
  • Session 4: Coercion, marginality and the rise of state authority
  • Session 5: Science-based approaches to the past and past technology
  • Session 6: Diverse approaches to rock-art
  • KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Mike Parker Pearson (UCL)

Programme and Registration

Conference Organisers

  • Elisa Perego (British School at Rome/UCL)
  • Veronica Tamorri (Durham University)