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Presentations on shell material at the ‘A century of research in Prehistoric Macedonia’ conference by fotisif
November 30, 2012, 11:40 am
Filed under: conferences

100The links below are videos of two shell-related papers read at a conference held on the occasion of a century of research in Prehistoric Macedonia at the Archaeological museum of Thessaloniki.
http://www.livemedia.gr/video/33077 (The journeys of neolithic Spondylus: A chronicle of research in the prehistoric Aegean, M. Nikolaidou & F. Ifantidis)
http://www.livemedia.gr/video/33050 (Aspects of Neolithic and Bronze Age diet and material culture in Central Greek Macedonia: The evidence from shell analysis, R. Veropoulidou)


hunting red gold by fotisif
April 13, 2010, 9:25 am
Filed under: conferences, New World

Benjamin Carter organises a symposium on the grounds of the SAA 75th Annual Meeting, entitled “Hunting red gold: Updates in the prehistory of Spondylus in South America”.

The papers that will be read:

  • Izumi Shimada—Shell Artifact Manufacturing: Insight from a Late Horizon Shellworker’s Tool Kit
  • Carol Mackey—Late Period Spondylus Usage: Examples from Chimu and Inka Tombs
  • Anne Marie Hocquenghem—El Spondylus princeps en el Extremo Norte del Perú a Partir del Periodo Intermedio Tardío
  • Eva Pajuelo and Paul Flores Escudero—Nuevos Apuntes Sobre los Talleres Malacologicos en Tumbes, Peru
  • Theresa Topic and John Topic—Spondylus Use in the North Sierra of Peru
  • Leon Doyon—Once in a Lifetime?: Spondylus Supply and Demand in the Regional Developmental Period Ecuadorian Highlands
  • Alexander Martín and Benjamin Carter—Regional Craft Standardization Through Domestic Cottage Production: New Data From the Spondylus Industry of Coastal Ecuador
  • Maria Masucci—Beyond Spondylus in Regional Developments: Shell working and Explanatory Models for the Regional Developmental Period, Coastal Ecuador
  • Adrian Velazquez and Emiliano Melgar—Tapachtli and Mullu in Mesoamerica and the Andean Region

The Program of the Meeting is available here

cfp-prehistoric adornment at the 15th EAA meeting by fotisif
May 19, 2009, 6:22 pm
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The 15th annual meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists will take place at Riva del Garda (15-20/09/2009).

Roberto Micheli is the organiser of a session dedicated to the study of prehistoric adornment.

From natural shapes to abstract geometries: new data and current trends in the study of prehistoric personal ornaments

The recent discoveries and developments in the study of prehistoric personal ornaments have highlighted the antiquity, the complexity of employment and the relevance of such objects in prehistoric societies. Indeed, personal ornaments constitute a fascinating field of material culture having psychological, religious and sociological implications, since people used them to express their personality, to protect themselves from magic and illness, to indicate the! belonging of individuals to particular groups and to underline their social status. Therefore, ornaments are not only simple aesthetic artefacts or costume embellishments, but rather they are effective means to convey complex information and messages which cannot always be inferred from mere archaeological evidence. Nevertheless, personal ornaments do not often receive the attention they deserve during excavations and have not yet been given due relevance in prehistoric research. The aim of this session is to offer new data and an overview of current trends in the study of personal ornaments of prehistoric Europe. The session would allow scholars to present their latest research and discuss a number of issues, such as types and raw material variability, technological aspects, usewear and ornaments employment, circulation and trade, symbolic meaning, ancient costume. The session could be a unique opportunity to meet and debate, and could also be a starting point to establish a specific research branch on personal ornaments, with its own methodology and problems, within prehistoric studies. The session would be divided into two sections: one devoted to Palaeolithic and Mesolithic studies, the other to Neolithic studies.

PLEASE CONTACT: Roberto Micheli Via Pierluigi Da Palestrina, 1 34133 – Trieste Italy T: +39 328 4574853 E: michelir@tiscali.it

call for papers – eaa riva del garda 2009 by fotisif
May 13, 2009, 5:55 am
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Francesco Carrer and Zsuzsanna Siklósi organize for the first time in the history of the EAA meetings a session dedicated to research by postgraduate students, entitled “Young scholars, high level: student research of upland landscapes and other important archaeological subjects”.

The first part of the session will concern the upland landscapes. Every kind of approach will be taken into account: from site analysis to the evaluation of territorial structure, from the application of new technologies to the digital rendering of landscape, from paleoenvironmental analysis to settlement strategy analysis… This will be the main part of the session. On the other hand, it has been decided to give a chance to other students that present high quality research not strictly within the main session theme; in fact, postgraduate research concerning any thematic, chronological, geographical or theoretical ambit can be presented in the second part of the session.

Supervisors of the session will be Francesco Carrer (francescocarrer@libero.it), PhD student at the Department of Philosophy, History and Cultural Heritage of Trento University and Zsuzsanna Siklósi (siklosizs@gmail.com), PhD student at Eötvös Loránd University, Institute of Archaeological Sciences, Budapest.

An abstract of the proposed paper has to be sent before the 31st of May deadline to the e-mail address laboratoriodipreistoria@lett.unitn.it; the e-mail address of the participating student has to be indicated to enable contact after the selection. The abstract has to be written in English and should not exceed 3000 characters.

The abstracts will be read by a board of examiners that will judge them for their originality and academic merits. The members of this board will be: Prof. Annaluisa Pedrotti (Prehistoric Archaeology), Dr. Stefano Grimaldi (Paleolithic Archaeology), Dr. Diego Angelucci (Geoarchaeology), Dr. Elisa Possenti (Medieval Archaeology), Dr. Fabio Cavulli (Methodology of Research). A decision on the admission of papers will be made by the deadline of the 20th of. All students who have sent an abstract will be informed of the result of the selection.

Some of the papers will be selected for presentation in the session, some will not. A few of the non-selected papers will be invited to join the poster session.

CFP – Re-Visiting Pandora’s Hope by fotisif
May 28, 2008, 4:59 pm
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Call for papers kindly submitted to the Spondylus blog by Stephanie Koerner:

Re-Visiting Pandora’s Hope. Technological Choice and Re-constructing Plurality of Human Expertise and Aspirations


Stephanie Koerner (University Manchester) and Laurent Olivier (MAN, Saint-Germain-en-Laye)

Discussant: Tim Darvill (Bournemouth University)

Until rather recently, few archaeologists are likely to have envisaged evidence of the plurality of technological choices, which have shaped the extraordinary diversity of past and present day human life ways, as bearing very directly upon such immediately pressing challenges as:

  • facilitating sustainable development under pressures of climate change, techno-science (nuclear, chemical biological) hazard, and of the problematic ethics and politics motivating much competition between powerful agencies of today’s ‘global knowledge-based’ political economies
  • exploring the social embeddedness of technological choices in deeper comparative historical perspectives
  • challenging the narrow ways in which many local, national and international expert policy advisory agencies frame ‘public issues’
  • promoting public participation in such ‘upstream’ policy processes as deliberating commitments to social ends and accountabilities

In addition to proposals of presentations relating to these themes, suggestions of additional topics and case studies variously illustrating the socially embedded nature of technological choice are most welcome.

Case studies might focus on such topics as:

  • Technology’s roles in archaeological classification and periodisation
  • Style–function, technological choice and communication
  • Specialisation and socio-cultural complexity
  • Production, consumption, and social boundaries
  • Technological choices, chains of operation, and social agencies.
  • Plurality of cultural understandings of the environment
  • Social and symbolic aspects of technological innovation and expertise

Please write in these connections – and with comments to:


For conference details see: http://www.e-a-a.org

Selected references:

Beck, U. 1992 Risk Society: Towards a New Modernity. London: Sage Publications.

Latour, B. (1999). Pandora’s Hope: Essays on the Reality of Science Studies. Cambridge, MA.: Harvard University Press.

Lemonnier, P. (ed.) (1993) Technological Choices: Transformation in Material Culture since the Neolithic. London: Routledge.

dead spondylus in spain by fotisif
February 12, 2008, 10:31 am
Filed under: conferences, Spondylus studies

Poster presented at the “International Congress on Bivalvia” at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain, 22-27 July 2006.


2nd Archaeomalacology Working Group Meeting by fotisif
February 12, 2008, 9:13 am
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Following on from the success of the 1st Archaeomalacology Working Group Meeting held in Gainesville Florida, 2005, the 2nd Meeting is currently in the planning process.  Information will be added to this website as it becomes available.

The Archaeomalacology Working Group had a dedicated session last August within the ICAZ 2006 conference in Mexico City. Çanan Cakirlar and Victoria Stosel organized this workshop entitled “Shells of Mollusca: Environmental Adaptations, Ideological Expressions”. At the end of the meeting, it was decided that the next workshop will be in Santander (Spain) at the beginning of 2008.  The organisers for the upcoming meeting are Esteban Álvarez Fernández and Diana Rocio Carvajal Contreras.

Programme and the Abstracts of the meeting