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Events and Activities

Next event

Recent discoveries of archaeological canoes in Aotearoa New Zealand: conservation, analysis of sailing technology and the implications for prehistoric voyaging in the Pacific.

Prof. Richard Flay, Dr Dilys Johns and Prof. Geoff Irwin (University of Auckland)

The recent discovery and conservation of the waterlogged remains of several canoes, including an early complex and carved sailing canoe of East Polynesian type, provides an opportunity to examine ancient sailing technology and to address the question of how islands like New Zealand were settled

Next event

An Alternative to Agriculture: Mobility and Persistence in Northern New Mexico

Prof. Lindsay M. Montgomery (University of Arizona)

The Taos Plateau in Northern New Mexico is an expansive landscape that contains a rich material archive of 10,000 years of human use. As discussed by archaeologist Sarah Schlanger, the sustained use of particular places is often a result of their unique ecological characteristics as well as their history of prior use. Rather than a cycle of intensive occupation followed by dispersion and migration, human engagements with the Plateau landscape are perhaps better understood as a series of visitations, which vary in duration and frequency over time in response to changing ecological, economic, and social conditions.  In this talk, I will discuss how human mobility systems shaped and were shaped by different features of the Plateau landscape, including playas, mountains, and the Rio Grande Gorge itself. Throughout this discussion, I will draw on an Indigenizing approach centered on persistence in order to challenge archaeological modes of inquiry that focus on why people, practices, and places change. 

Image caption/credit: Twentieth-Century Stone Fireplace at Cerro de la Olla, Taos Plateau, New Mexico. © Lindsay M. Montgomery.


Next event

Kindred: Neanderthal Life, Love, Death and Art

Joint Leicestershire Fieldworkers lecture
Dr Rebecca Wragg Sykes

Further details available shortly...

Next event

Piece Offerings: the Destruction and Deposition of Metalwork in Bronze Age Britain

Joint Cornwall Archaeological Society lecture
Dr Matthew G. Knight (National Museums Scotland)

Further details available shortly...

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New Prehistoric Society website launched!

Monday, 11th October 2021
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Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society collections

Wednesday, 6th October 2021
The Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society is our flagship publication – an international academic journal that has been published since 1935.