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Conference Report


7th Annual ESHE Meeting - 21-23 September, 2017 - Leiden, Netherlands

The 7th Annual ESHE meeting will take place at the Stadsgehoorzaal in the historical centre of Leiden in the Netherlands from the 21-23 September, 2017. In lieu of an excursion, the meeting will be followed by an exclusive exhibition of the Trinil collection hosted by the Naturalis Biodiversity Center in the Pesthuis.

The 2017 is proudly hosted by the University of Leiden, with many thanks to the local organisers Wil Roebroeks, Marie Soressi, Fulco Scherjon and their teams.


More detailed information to come soon

Wednesday, 20 September
  • 10:00-17:00 EVAN Toolbox Training Day and Geometric Morphometrics of Skulls
    Leiden University, Faculty of Archaeology, Van Steenis building, Einsteinweg 2

    *Registration for EVAN Toolbox Training is done directly through the EVAN Society

  • 16:00-18:00 - Pre-registration at the Stadsgehoorzaal
  • 17:30 - 19:00 - Complimentary welcome drinks at City Hall
  • 20:00 - 22:00 - Public lecture at the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden
    Thursday, 21 September
  • 8:00-9:00 - Meeting registration
  • 9:00-18:00 - Conference Day 1
    Friday, 22 September
  • 9:00-18:00 - Conference Day 2
  • 18:30-19:30 - General Assembly at the Stadsgehoorzaal
    Saturday, 23 September
  • 9:00 - 18:00 - Conference Day 3
  • 19:00 - 23:00 - Closing Dinner at the Reijksmuseum van Oudheden
    Sunday, 24 September
  • 10:00-14:00 - Exclusive exhibition of the Trinil Collection hosted by Naturalis Biodiversity Centre in Leiden at the Pesthuis.


    Naturalis Biodiversity Center : Trinil-collection

    Naturalis Biodiversity Center is a natural history museum, with a unique collection of over 42 million objects, ranking fifth in the world, both in size and content. Its collections focus primarily on Europe, while South-East Asia, tropical America and Africa are also well represented. Because of ongoing building activities for a new and much larger museum, to be opened in 2018, the museum will unfortunately be closed during ESHE 2017. However, the staff of Naturalis have offered ESHE 2017 participants the opportunity to see a small part of one of its key fossil assemblages, the hominin remains excavated at the end of the 19th century by the Dutch scientist Eugène Dubois, on the banks of the Solo river near Trinil, Java. For decades the Dubois collection was housed in the Rijksmuseum van Natuurlijke Historie, Leiden, one of the precursors of the Naturalis Biodiversity Centre. The skull cap (Trinil 2), the famous femur Trinil 3 as well as the recently published Pseudodon shell with traces of a geometric engraving (visualized in the ESHE2017 logo) will be on display in a small exhibition in the 17th century Pesthuis building of the museum, uniquely made accessible for ESHE participants on Sunday morning September 24th, from 10:00 to 14:00.


    This year's registration includes two coffee breaks per day with snacks, as well as all lunches during the conference. In order to receive the membership rate for 2017, you must renew your membership and register before 30th June. All registrations after this date will be required to pay the non-member fee.

    Registration fees for ESHE members

    • Professional Member fee: 140€
    • Student Member fee: 50€

    Registration fees for non-ESHE members

    • Professional Non-Member fee: 260€
    • Student Non-Member fee: 100€

    From 2017 onwards, ESHE will only issue refunds for cancellations before the registration cut off date (July 31st). This is to ensure we have final numbers in advance for our caterers and suppliers. Please keep this in mind when registering, as we cannot issue any refund claims submitted after this date.

    Abstract Submission - Deadline April 26

    The deadline for abstract submission for the 2017 meeting in Leiden is Midnight (PST) Wednesday 26 April. Participants must first register for the meeting before submitting an abstract.

    Please be aware of the following criteria for the evaluation of abstracts:

    • You must first register to the meeting before submitting an abstract
    • Abstracts must be in English and have a strict minimum and maximum character limit (minimum 2000 characters, maximum 4000 characters, with spaces).
    • Each first author can submit only one abstract.
    • We discourage simultaneous podium or poster presentations by the same group of authors on a similar topic.
    • Abstracts lacking in substance may not be accepted. All abstracts should have a clear description of the research with mention of methods and results.
    • Abstracts are evaluated using a peer-review, graded scale. Normally all papers are reviewed by 2-4 persons per subfield. The top papers are selected for the plenary sessions.
    • For podium presentations, including Pecha Kucha, the significance statement is an important part of the review process. Please distill into a few short sentences for a human evolution scientist outside their particular field of specialty why this presentation is important.
    • When submitting an abstract, please indicate whether it is intended to be a Podium presentation, a Pecha Kucha presentation or a Poster presentation. Podium and Pecha Kucha presentations will be chosen based on peer reviews and the available time slots in each category. As such, we may be obliged to offer a Poster presentation instead of a Podium or Pecha Kucha presentation; however, please note that podium presentations will not be considered for Pecha Kucha presentations or vice versa
    • Accepted presenters will be notified in June.

    Information for Presenters

    Poster Presentations

    All posters must be in A1 Portrait format. Landscape format will not be accepted due to space requirements. Presenters are expected to print and bring their poster with them to the meeting. Presenters are responsible for hanging their own poster on the designated board.

    Podium Presentations

    The podium presentations are organized into timeslots of 3 presentations. Each presenter will be given 15 minutes to present and there will be 15 minutes at the end of each slot for questions directed at all three presenters. The session chairperson will be strict with the time limits. Presenters are encouraged to send a draft of their presentation before the conference to ensure that all graphics can be displayed. More information on this to come. Presenters must also have their presentations ready on a USB drive, to be given to our IT assistants before the start of their session on the day of the presentation.The screen will be in 16:9 format. Please take this into consideration when formatting your slides to take advantage of the screen.

    Pecha Kucha Presentations

    Each Pecha Kucha presentation will be strictly limited to 6 minutes and 40 seconds, and must contain exactly 20 slides. For more information on the Pecha Kucha format, please visit: The screen will be in 16:9 format. Please take this into consideration when formatting your slides to take advantage of the screen.

    Student Travel Grants- Deadline May 31st

    Following the success of the past two years, the ESHE Board has decided to offer travel grants to students attending the 2017 ESHE meeting in Leiden, The Netherlands.


  • Applicants must be members of ESHE
  • Applicants must be presenting either a podium, pecha kucha or poster presentation at the 2017 meeting

  • How to apply:

  • First ensure that you have registered for the 2017 meeting and have submitted an abstract.
  • Send a letter of financial justification to by Wednesday, 31st May. This letter must include: 1) Information on where you will be travelling from, 2) A list of your anticipated expenses, 3) Information on any other funds you already have at your disposal (i.e. grants, scholarships, stipends), 4) A short CV, maximum 1 page.
  • Venue

    Conference venue: Stadsgehoorzaal, Breestraat 60

    At Leiden University, the Academic year starts in the first week of September, and hence the ESHE 2017 venue had to be sought outside of the University buildings, in a commercial venue. For ESHE 2017 we have chosen the so-called Stadsgehoorzaal, one of the largest concert halls in the city center of Leiden. The Stadsgehoorzaal has a long history. The building is in the centre of historical Leiden, a town with occupation traces going back to the Roman era. The Stadsgehoorzaal building is an extension of the Sinte Catharina gasthuis, an early 12th century shelter and hospital for the poor, which included a church, beer- and wine cellars.. It was rebuilt in 1891, after the original Stadsgehoorzaal was destroyed by a large fire. The Stadsgehoorzaal is a nice example of neo-renaissance architecture, which is hardly present anymore in the Netherlands.

    Venue Public Lecture and Closing Party: Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, Rapenburg 28

    The Rijksmuseum van Oudheden (National Museum of Antiquities) at Leiden is the national archaeological museum of the Netherlands, and the venue for both the ESHE 2017 Public Lecture as well as for the closing party of the 2017 Conference. It is located in very centre of Leiden, on the Rapenburg canal (Rapenburg 28) , very close to the Academy building, the historic central building of Leiden University (Rapenburg 73). The Museum grew out of the collection of Leiden University and there are strong links between the museum and the Faculty of Archaeology. The museum focuses on ancient Egypt, the ancient near East, the classical world of Greece, Etruria and Rome and the early (prehistoric, Roman and Medieval) Netherlands. Its central hall will be the venue for the public lecture organized around the ESHE 2017 conference as well as for ESHE 2017’s closing party. The central hall is dominated by the so-called Temple of Taffeh, an ancient Egyptian temple donated by Egypt to the Netherlands for its UNESCO-coordinated help in contributing to the historical preservation of Egyptian antiquities in the 1960s when the Aswan High Dam was built and its reservoir threatened to destroy many monuments and archaeological sites. The temple was built of sandstone between AD 1 and AD 14 on the orders of the Roman emperor Augustus, and was once part of the Roman fortress known as Taphis and measures 6.5 by 8 metres.