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UCL Archaeologists in Elizabethan Thames Pageant

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One of the artefacts recovered from the Gresham Ship, after conservation

It’s not every day that an Elizabethan shipwreck is driven across middle England and dropped into a lake in Leicestershire, but that’s exactly what’s happening this week.

Cookies on SPP website

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The UK government has updated the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations in response to the EU Privacy Directive. In light of this the Information Commissioner's Office has provided guidance on the EU Cookie Law which came into effect in May 2012.

Climate Change led to Collapse of Ancient Indus Civilisation

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Morphology of the western Indo-Gangetic plain with interfluves (in gray mask), incised valleys (no mask), terrace edges (as dashed black lines), and active and fossilized river channels (in blue).

A new study, involving the Institute's Dorian Fuller, published this month in PNAS, provides evidence that climate change was a key ingredient in the collapse of the great Indus or Harappan Civilisation almost 4000 years ago.

Archaeology and Economic Development Conference

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The community artisan market at the Inca ceremonial site of Raqchi, Peru (Image courtesy of Peter Gould)

The Institute will host the Archaeology and Economic Development conference (AED2012) on 21-22 September and registration is now open for the event.


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Professor Volker Sommer of the Department of Anthropology has been awarded the North of England Zoological Society's highest honour, the Gold Medal, for outstanding lifetime achievement in the fields of natural science, conservation and the environment. Previous recipients have included Sir David Attenborough, Dame Jane Goodall and Dr Richard Leakey. The ceremony is to be held on 06 June at Chester Zoo.

Alchemy and metallurgical ceramics

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archaeometallurgical sample

Marcos Martinón-Torres has been describing various aspects of his research on alchemy and metallurical ceramics at recent public lectures in the UK and abroad.

Video: Jan-Emmanuel De Neve on Genoeconomics

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Genoeconomics: the promise and pitfalls of a new research frontier in economics.

Dr Jan-Emmanuel De Neve outlines how and why social scientists have started to integrate genetics into economic models of behavior.

Dr Sherrill Stroschein: Ethnic Struggle, Coexistence, and Democratization in Eastern Europe

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Ethnic Struggle, Coexistence, and Democratization in Eastern Europe

Problems of democracy are magnified in societies divided on ethnic religious lines, particularly where groups are mobilized into parties. Due to majority rule, minorities should be less willing to endorse democratic institutions where they persistently lose elections. These problems should hamper democratization, but Eastern Europe contains several states that navigated these problems during the 1990s. In Romania and Slovakia, sustained protest and contention by ethnic Hungarians in Romania and Slovakia brought concessions on policies that they could not achieve through the ballot box. Ethnic protest in these states made each group accustomed to each other’s claims, and aware of the degree to which each could push its own. Ethnic contention became a de facto deliberative process that fostered a moderation of group claims, allowing democratic consolidation to  slowly and organically take root. Such moderation took place even after a violent riot between Hungarians and Romanians in 1990, showing  promise for other democratizing states.

Understanding pottery technology

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Institute students in front of a bottle shaped kiln while on a field trip to Gladstone Pottery Museum

Institute Masters students taking the Interpreting Pottery course recently enjoyed a two-day field trip to Stoke-on-Trent led by Bill Sillar.  

Award for 'Freedom, Security and Justice after Lisbon and Stockholm’ book, co-edited by Sarah Wolff

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Freedom, Security and Justice after Lisbon and Stockholm

The LISBOAN Erasmus Academic Network has awarded on 11th May its 2012 award for Outstanding Research to the book co-edited by Sarah Wolff, Flora Goudappel and Jaap de Zwaan on ‘Freedom, Security and Justice after Lisbon and Stockholm’. This award praises the collaborative efforts of the contributors, practitioners and academics, whose hard work have turned this project in a reality. The award distinguished the book for its contribution to the state of the art of research on the Treaty of Lisbon and its implementation.

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