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Thinking about populations in early prehistory

Start: Oct 16, 2017 04:00 PM

Location: Room 612, UCL Institute of Archaeology

Prehistoric populations analysis

Jennifer French will give the third seminar in the Term I Institute of Archaeology Research Seminar series highlighting current research at the Institute on 16 October.

Institute of Archaeology Research Seminars take place on Mondays from 4pm, in Room 612 of the Institute.

Abstract

Drawing on cultural evolutionary models, and well as an increasing body of relevant genetic data, the study of demography in the Palaeolithic has emerged as a growing research area; a research trend sometimes referred to as the “demographic turn” in Palaeolithic archaeology. Nonetheless, the coarse resolution of our data, the relatively impoverished material culture record, and the biological unknowns of archaic hominins, mean that there are numerous methodological and conceptual challenges to the study of demography in this period of early prehistory. In the context of the Leverhulme-funded project The Palaeolithic of Europe: a Demographic and Social Prehistory in this presentation, I will introduce and discuss some of the key questions and debates surrounding Palaeolithic demography. In particular, I will focus on the issue of scale; the contrast between the chronological resolution of the Palaeolithic archaeological record and the generational time scale of demographic processes, and the effects this has on how archaeologists think about and conceptualise early prehistoric populations.

Programme

Term I Institute Research Seminar Series 2017-18

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