Events archive

See below for a list of past Prehistoric Society events.

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Kindred: Neanderthal Life, Love, Death and Art

Joint Leicestershire Fieldworkers lecture
Dr Rebecca Wragg Sykes

Rescheduled to summer 2022. More details will be given here soon.

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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.

 

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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

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Panel discussion: Are Genes Deep History?

Partnered event as part of the Being Human Festival, Queen Mary University of London
Various

Panel discussion chaired by Mike Pitts (Archaeologist, editor and writer), involving:

  • Dr Tom Booth (Crick Institute)
  • Prof. Joanna Brück (UCD)
  • Subhadra Das (writer, historian, curator and comedian)
  • Dr Adam Rutherford (UCL)
  • Prof. Chris Stringer (Natural History Museum)

 

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People and Places in Bronze Age Britain/Ireland

Joint Norwich and Norfolk Archaeological Society lecture
Dr Robert Johnston (Sheffield University)

This lecture will be a blended, online and in person, event: those who wish to attend should contact Publicity@nnas.info for the zoom link.

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Human-ecodynamics and the rise of monumentality in the Central Andes

PS Global Pasts lecture
Professor Ana Cecilia Mauricio (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú)

Monumental architecture is worldwide associated with complex social organizations that have large populations, social stratification, development of agriculture, and religious systems.

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Early Humans in the English Channel Region: La Cotte de St Brelade, Boxgrove & other La Mancheland sites

Joint CAS lecture
Dr Matt Pope (UCL)

In this talk Dr Matt Pope will draw on the result of recent research in the Channel island, the northern French coast and Southern England to frame the early prehistory of ‘La Mancheland’. 

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Hot stone technology at Bucklers Park, Crowthorne, Berkshire: The use and re-use of a persistent place during the Bronze and Iron Ages

Joint Welwyn Arch Soc lecture
Helen Chittock (AOC Archaeology) and Rob Masefield (RPS)

Further details and booking information for this lecture will be available shortly...

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Rapa Nui (Easter Island): Myths and realities of an iconic past

5th Annual Pitt Rivers Lecture, supported by the Prehistoric Society
Professor Sue Hamilton (Director of the Institute of Archaeology at UCL)

Professor Sue Hamilton explores how the Rapa Nui Landscapes of Construction Project, funded by The British Academy and AHRC, has considered the issues of heritage, tourism and sustainability on the remote Pacific island.

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Genetic change and relatedness in Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age Britain

The 21st Sara Champion Memorial Lecture
Dr Tom Booth (Crick Institute)

Times and further details for this lecture will be available shortly...