Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


Current directions in hunter-gatherer research

07 November 2019–08 November 2019, 10:00 am–5:00 pm


The workshop will be an informal meeting, with the intention of fostering interdisciplinary discussion across the various branches of anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, and others. It will be an opportunity to meet, discuss, and share feedback on current research and future ideas.

This event is free.

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Alice Rudge


IAS Forum
Ground floor, South Wing, UCL
United Kingdom

Hunter-gatherers past and present are unique. From an archaeological perspective, ancient hunter-gather populations have much to teach us about the range and depth of human experience. In the present day, hunter-gatherers often face many real-world issues, and are disproportionately affected by global processes beyond their control. These issues often remain invisible to the wider public. Despite this, present-day hunter-gatherers often practice unique ways of interacting with the world and one another. For example, many hunter-gatherer populations are egalitarian, having honed this complex form of social organisation through rituals, taboos, and musical and speech practices with remarkable longevity. They also have detailed and uniquely extensive knowledge of their environments and how to make use of its resources. 

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