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PALAEO Symposium on Inferring Dietary Changes in the Human Past | 24th March, 2017

The PALAEO: Centre for Human Palaeoecology & Evolutionary Origins at the University of York is pleased to invite you to attend a one-day symposium on Inferring Dietary Changes in the Human Past. The meeting is free to attend and will be held at the Archaeology Department, University of York on Friday, the 24th of March, 10.00-17.00.

The meeting is dedicated to dietary shifts in human evolution, questions that arise in reconstructing the diet of our ancestors and the scientific techniques that we use to resolve them. International experts from a range of scientific backgrounds will present their latest research into dietary adaptations and choices in our human past alongside cutting edge methodologies that are allowing us to learn more about our past diets than ever before.

Please, register here to attend the meeting. You can find more information on our website. A poster is attached should you like to advertise the meeting at your institution.

We look forward to welcoming you at York on the 24th of March.

3rd International Conference on the Solutrean | Universidade do Algarve, Faro

It is we great pleasure that we announce the 3rd International Conference on the Solutrean, which will be hosted at Universidade do Algarve (Faro, Southern Portugal) from 12th to 14th October 2017. This edition will be organized by the Interdisciplinary Center for Archaeology and Evolution of Human Behavior (ICArEHB) in cooperation with the University of Cologne and the Neanderthal Museum.

We invite researchers to submit podium presentations or posters presenting case studies, reviews or synthesis on the following topics. Abstracts should not exceed 300 Words and are to be submitted by the end of February 2017 at the conference website


- Economy and technology
Raw material studies
Typological and technological studies

- Chronology and stratigraphy
New chronometric data
Chrono-cultural models, data revision
Stratigraphic analysis (micromorphology, sedimentology, etc.)

- Solutrean neighbors
Contemporaneous LGM occupations in Europe, North Africa and beyond.

- Environment and land-use
Economy, site catchment
Paleoclimate modelling

- Rock art and mobile art
New findings
Rock art dating

- Papers in honor of L.G. Straus

For any question please contact through

See you in Faro.
Best regards,
The organization committee

João Cascalheira
Isabell Schmidt
Nuno Bicho
Gerd-Christian Weniger

Call for Abstracts – Culture Conference in Birmingham, UK | 26-27 May, 2017

There will be a two-day interdisciplinary conference at the University of Birmingham on the 25th and 26th of May 2017 on the topic:

“Innovation in cultural systems – an interdisciplinary meeting”

Sponsored by the ASAB Interdisciplinary Workshop Grant:

Keynote speakers include

  • Biology: Prof. Kevin Laland, University of St Andrews, UK
  • Anthropology/Archaeology: Dr Valentine Roux, French National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris, France
  • Psychology: Dr Sarah Beck, University of Birmingham, UK
  • Philosophy: Prof Grant Ramsey, University of Leuven, Belgium
  • Economics: to be announced
  • The conference brings together researchers from all career levels from various disciplines, including (but not limited to) biology, psychology, anthropology, archaeology, animal behaviour, economics and philosophy. The conference will cover outstanding questions on the role of innovation for (cumulative) culture such as:

  • How can innovation be defined?
  • What is the role of innovation for cultural evolution in non-human and human species?
  • What do we know about processes of innovation on an individual level and on a group level?
  • How do the different fields experimentally test innovations in human and non-human animals?
  • What is the difference between non-human and human innovation?
  • Abstract submission for talks and posters as well as registration are now open (spaces are limited). To register, please email: with your name, position and affiliation.

    Registration: student fee £5 (with £20 deposit), regular fee £40. To register, please email: with your name, position and affiliation before the 1st April 2017. Please note that spaces will not be assigned on a first come, first serve basis as we want to ensure a fair mix of disciplines. You will receive an e-mail on 2nd April notifying you whether you were assigned a space at the conference. Only then will we ask you to make your payment.

    Abstract submission: Please submit a 250 word abstract to together with your name, position, affiliation, and preferred type of presentation (talk or poster) by 17th March. For more information please visit: Culture-Conference and follow us on Twitter for live updates: @cultconf

    Organisers: Elisa Bandini, 3rd year PhD student (Psychology) at University of Birmingham

    Eva Reindl, 4th year PhD student (Psychology) at University of Birmingham