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14th Neolithic Seminar

The Neolithic Mind, Populations and Landscapes

Friday, 9th - Sunday 11th November 2007


14th Neolithic Seminar is being held in the conference hall at the City Museum of Ljubljana. Friday afternoon session will take place at the Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Art.

Friday, 9th November

Morning session (9.00- 13.00): Landscape dynamics, cultural trajectories and social structures

Moderators: Dr. Irina Zhushchikhovskaya and Prof. Dr. Julian Thomas


Introduction to the Seminar


Catherine Commenge

Centre d'anthropologie, CNRS: UMR 8555, Université de Toulouse-II. Touluse, France

Social dynamics and spatial pattern development of Neolithic settlements in Macedonia (FYROM): a geo-archaeological approach



Dragos Gheorghiu

Centre of research, National University of Arts, Bucharest, Romania

Tells as cultural landscapes. The perception of space in Gumelnita tradition



Discussion & coffee/tea


Pál Sümegi and Sándor Gulyás

Department of Geology and Paleontology, University of Szeged, Hungary

Holocene environmental changes in Lake Balaton (Hungary)



Pál Sümegi and Gergö Persaits

Department of Geology and Paleontology, University of Szeged, Hungary

Holocene environmental changes in the Sárrét Basin (Transdanubia, Hungary)



Mihael Budja and Dimitrij Mlekuž1,Tom Levanič,2 and Nives Ogrinc3

1Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Arts, Ljubljana University, Slovenia; 2Slovenian Forestry Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia; 3 'Jozef Stefan' Institute, Department of Environmental Sciences, Slovenia

Complex settlement and the landscape dynamic of the Iščica floodplain on the Ljubljana Marshes



Mike Parker Pearson1, Joshua Pollard2, Colin Richards and Julian Thomas3, Christopher Tilley4 and Kate Welham5

1Department of Archaeology, Sheffield University, United Kingdom; 2Department of Archaeology and Anthropology Bristol University, United Kingdom; 3 School of Arts, Histories and Cultures, Manchester University, United Kingdom; 4 Department of Anthropology, University College London, United Kingdom; 5 School of Conservation Sciences, Bournemouth University, United Kingdom

The Stonehenge Riverside Project: Exploring the Neolithic Landscape of Stonehenge



Daan C. M. Raemaekers

University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Hoe cultivation at Neolithic Swifterbant (c. 4300-4000 cal. BC)



Discussion & lunch


Afternoon session at the Department of Archaeology (14.30 - 18.30): Social contexts, cognitive systems, symbols and rituals

Moderators: Dr. Maria Gurova and Prof. Dr. Daan C. M. Raemaekers


George Dimitriadis

Hellenic Rock Art Centre, Philippi, Greece and Department of Arts and History, University of Lecce, Italy

Neolithic mind in rock art patterns. A cognitive approach to environment management



Robin Skeates

Department of Archaeology, Durham University, United Kingdom

Potency in the Neolithic: the case of stamped symbols



Goce Naumov

Istitute for History of Art and Archaeology, University of Skopje, The Republic of Macedonia

Imprints of the Neolithic mind: The decoration and function of the stamp seals from The Republic of Macedonia



Agni Prijatelj

Department of Archaeology, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Digging the Neolithic stamp-seals of SE Europe from archaeological deposits, texts and mental constructs



Dimitrij Mlekuž

Department of Archaeology, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Miniature cattle: Social context of animal figurines from the Balkan Neolithic



Roland de Beauclair

Institut für Ur- und Frühgeschichte und Archäologie des Mittelalters, Universität Tübingen, Germany

Funerary rites in a Neolithic nomad community in South-Eastern Arabia



Takamune Kawashima

University of Tsukuba, Japan

Feasting and inter-village networks



Discussion and wine reception at the Department of Archaeology



Saturday, 10th November

Morning session (9.00-12.30): The Holocene climate anomalies and population dynamics

Moderators: Dr. Georgia Kourtessi-Philippakis and Prof. Dr. Pál Sümegi


Eelco J. Rohling

School of Ocean and Earth Science, Southampton University, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, United Kingdom

Climate change in the interval 8.6-7.9 ka BP



Bernhard Weninger1, Lee Clare and Olaf Jöris2 and Claudia Kubatzki3

1Universität zu Köln, Institut für Ur- und Frühgeschichte; 2Römisch Germanisches Zentralmuseum Mainz Germany; 3Alfred-Wegener-Institut, Bremerhaven, Germany

The 8200 calBP climate event in the Near East and North-West Europe



Mihael Budja

Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Arts, Ljubljana University, Slovenia

The 8200 calBP ‘climate event’, the process of neolithisation and the population trajectories in South-eastern Europe



Discussion & coffee/tea


Andrea Novelletto and Fiorenza Pompei

Department of Biology, University of Rome ‘Tor Vergata’, Italy

Phylogeography of Y chromosomal haplogroups as reporters of Neolithic and post-Neolithic population processes in the Mediterranean area



Lutz Roewer

Institut für Rechtsmedizin, Charité Hochschulmedizin Berlin, Germany

Signature of recent historical events in the European Y-chromosomal STR haplotype distribution



Discussion & lunch


Afternoon sessions (14.00-18.30)

Moderators: Dr. Arkadiusz Marciniak and Dr. George Dimitriadis

Session: The lithic perspective


Georgia Kourtessi-Philippakis

Institut d'Art et Archéologie, Université Paris I – Sorbonne & UMR 7041, CNRS, France

Lithics in the Greek Neolithic: territorial perspectives from an "off-obsidian area"



Maria Gurova

National Institute of Archaeology and Museum, Sofia, Bulgaria

Into the Neolithic populations. Through the Neolithic mind and beyond the Neolithic landscape: Flint Perspective from Bulgaria



Izabel Devriendt

University of Groningen, The Netherlands

The lithic material of the Neolithic sites at Swifterbant (The Netherlands): new perspectives



Discussion & coffee/tea


Session: Mesolithic, Neolithic and Copper Age cultural and economic trajectories


Dusan Borić

Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

New excavations at the Mesolithic-Neolithic site of Vlasac, Serbia



Arkadiusz Marciniak

Institute of Prehistory University of Poznań, Poland

Communities, households and animals in the Central Anatolian and the Central European Neolithic



Noémi Pažinová and Alena Parobková

Department of Archaeology, Constantine University, Nitra and Slovakia, Archaeological Institute, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Slovakia

The older stage of Lengyel settling (Lengyel I)



Sabin Adrian Luca, Dragos Diaconescu and Cosmin Suciu

Universitatea ‘Lucian Blaga’ Sibiu, Romania

The Vinča Culture in Transylvania



Irina Zhushchikhovskaya and Olga Danilova

Institute of History, Archaeology and Ethnology of Peoples of Far East, Russian Academy of Sciences, Vladivostok, Russian Federation

Spyral motif on Neolithic pottery of eastern Asia and Far East



Discussion & dinner



Sunday, 11th November

Field excursion to the Karst region and visit to the Mesolithic and Neolithic cave sites