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Expanding Boundaries: Science and Theory in Prehistoric Studies

Publication date: Jun 19, 2014 5:09:31 PM

Start: Oct 24, 2014 12:00:00 AM
End: Oct 25, 2014 12:00:00 AM

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 200 words for both poster and oral presentations should be sent to by Monday 14 July. 

Further details about the event will be posted here nearer the time.

Conference Organisers
  • Dr Elisa Perego (British School at Rome)
  • Veronica Tamorri (Durham University)