Dear friends and colleagues,
Happy New Year! We hope you all had a nice break and wish you a successful 2019 to come.
PREPARATIONS FOR EAA BERN 2019
Preparations are underway for the next EAA annual meeting to be held in Bern, Switzerland, from 4-8 September 2019.
Here are some deadlines to note:
14 February: Deadline for abstract submission
31 March: Early bird membership fee deadline
8 April: Early bird conference registration fee deadline
11 April: Deadline for travel grants application
24 April: Deadline for membership and conference registration payment for presenters (first authors)
The full list of approved sessions is available via the conference website ( https://www.e-a-a.org/eaa2019 ).
The following sessions are on PaM-related themes and might be of particular interest:
#157 At the fringe of early Neolithisation – from the coasts to the mountains
#188 African and Eurasian Palaeolithic coastal occupations
#193 Patterns of the Deep Past. Interrogating the ‘long term’ in archaeology and history
#213 Humans beyond arrowheads. Questioning the interpretative value of arrowheads and other tools for reconstructing people identities in prehistoric societies
#238 Functional analyses of hunter-gatherer lithic tool assemblages
#252 In search of cloudstones*? Lithic raw material procurement in mountainous and alpine regions during the Mesolithic and Neolithic
#279 Quantifying Stone Age mobility: Scales and parameters
#284 Untangling the Final Palaeolithic and Early Mesolithic in Europe
#286 Blades still a big deal? – Laminar technology in the Middle Palaeolithic and Middle Stone Age
#292 Process of change from late Acheulean to early Middle Stone Age / early Middle Palaeolithic in Africa and Eurasia
#310 The importance of fishing for cultural development in the early and mid Holocene in Northern Europe
#319 Settling at high altitudes. Intra-site and inter-site variability, site function and mobility of hunter-gatherers and the first agro-pastoral societies
#344 Stumbling block or common ground? The question of standardisation of Palaeolithic and Mesolithic lithic analysis (Following your feedback on our October 2018 newsletter, we organised this as a discussion session)
These sessions are organised by PaM members and might also be of interest:
#88 Funerary Practices at Çatalhöyük and in the Neolithic Near East: Multidisciplinary Perspectives
#178 Macro Weather – Micro Climate: Local Palaeo-Climate Reconstructions and Social Responses at a Human Scale
#199 Rethinking the interpretation of vertical past land use on mountain environments
#289 European Origins and Fading Heritage
#318 Bending the Arc of History to a Low Carbon Future
As you can see, there is no shortage of interesting sessions this year! For full details on each of these sessions, go to the “Scientific Programme” at https://www.e-a-a.org/eaa2019 . Abstracts for proposals should be 150-300 words in length, with three keywords.
OTHER CONFERENCES & CALL FOR PAPERS
The Workshop “Cultural geography of the Paleolithic of the East European Plain: from the Micoquian to the Epigravettian” will be held in Bryansk/Khotylevo, Russian Federation on 10-16 September 2019. The deadline for abstract submission is 28 February 2019. For further details, please go to: https://eaapalaeomesocommunity.wordpress.com/2018/11/21/beyond-eaa-call-for-papers-cultural-geography-of-the-paleolithic-of-the-east-european-plain-from-the-micoquian-to-the-epigravettian/ and/or contact the organising committee via firstname.lastname@example.org
CROSSDEM 2019 “Cross-Disciplinary Approaches to Prehistoric Demography” is a two-day workshop held 29th-30th March at UCL Institute of Archaeology. The call for papers is closed but registration has just opened. For further details, please go to: https://crossdem2019.com/
JOB OPPORTUNITIES & SCHOLARSHIPS
The Centre for Baltic and Scandinavian Archaeology (ZBSA) invites applications for a PhD research fellowship (total number available: 3). The potential projects are expected to be based on empirical studies of archaeological remains found within the geographical working area of ZBSA, i.e. primarily the Baltic and Scandinavian region but also the North Sea area. Deadline is 1st March 2019. Further details can be found here: http://zbsa.eu/aktuelles/stellenangebote/ZBSA_PhD-positions.pdf
http://trowelnation.com is a recently launched website that is intended as an employment resource focused on archaeology. This Ohio-based community wants to bring together individuals seeking for projects and fieldwork and archaeology companies, universities, and government agencies that look for professional archaeologists. Furthermore, TrowelNation shall offer a platform for exchange of ideas and networking. If this sounds interesting to you have a look at their website!
The EAA PaM website is up and running! The address is https://eaapalaeomesocommunity.wordpress.com/ – this website will serve as a public information point and archive for the Community, to complement the EAA members-only PaM Community space on the EAA website accessible via https://www.e-a-a.org/EAA/Navigation_Communities/Palaeolithic_and_Mesolithic_Community.aspx
We’re still looking for someone to oversee a Facebook page for PaM. We would like to set up a Facebook page for the PaM community and we are seeking help from one or more people who can help out with getting this started and keeping it up-to-date. We aren’t asking for anyone to make a huge time commitment but we do need one or more people who can post occasional updates and keep a general eye on things on the page. Please get in touch at email@example.com if this sounds like it might be you.
Got something to share with the PaM Community? If you have a short message (up to 150 words) that you would like to be included in the next email to the PaM Community around April 2019 (job opportunities, conference announcements, calls for papers), please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are also happy to share these messages on our external website (see above).
Need some publicity on Twitter? If you have something specific that you would like us to tweet/retweet, just send us a DM at @EAAPaM with the details.
Please feel free to distribute this email among your networks as you wish. You can also direct anyone who is interested in joining the Community or our external mailing list to this link, where they will find all the relevant instructions: https://eaapalaeomesocommunity.wordpress.com/get-involved/
We’ll be in touch again in a few months.
Until then, all the best,
Sonja & Natasha