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15th Neolithic Seminar

Climate Anomalies, Population and Culture Dynamics in Prehistory

Friday 7th - Saturday 8th November 2008


Morning session (9.00- 13.00): Climate anomalies, population and culture dynamics in Eurasia

Moderators: Dr. Eszter Bánffy and Prof. Dr.  Francesco Menotti 


Mihael Budja

Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Arts, Ljubljana University

Introduction: ‘Climate anomalies, population and culture dynamics in prehistory’



Bernhard Weninger

Institute of Prehistoric Archaeology, Radiocarbon Laboratory University of Köln, Germany

The archaeology of Holocene rapid climate events in the eastern Mediterranean



Eleni Asouti

School of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology, University of Liverpool, UK

Settlement record and environmental change in central Anatolia during the early Holocene:Current issues and prospects for future research



Discussion & coffee/tea


Lee Clare

Institute of Prehistoric Archaeology, Radiocarbon Laboratory University of Köln, Germany

Early impacts of a rapid climate change interval (8.6-8.0 ka calBP) on Neolithic social structures in Anatolia



Nadia Kotova

Institute of Archaeology, National Ukrainian Academy of Sciences, Kiev, Ukraine

The Neolithisation of the northern Black Sea area in a context of climate change



Detlef Gronenborn

Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum, Mainz, Germany

Climate fluctuations and trajectories to complexity in southern Central European Neolithic Societies



Discussion & lunch


Afternoon session (14.30 - 18.30): Climate anomalies, population and culture dynamics in Europe

Moderators: Dr. Nadia  Kotova and Dr. Bernhard Weninger


Francesco Menotti

Institute of Prehistory and Archaeological Science, University of Basel, Switzerland

Climate variations in the Alpine region and their influence on the  Neolithic/Bronze Age lacustrine communities: Displacement and cultural  adaptation



Javier Fernandez Lopez de Pablo1 and Magdalena Gomez Puche2

1Department of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA; 2Department of Prehistory and Archaeology, University of Valencia, Spain

Climate change and dynamic population during the Late Mesolithic and the Neolithic transition in Iberia



Tihomila Težak-Gregl and Marcel Burić

Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Geo-pedological nad climatic impact on the distribution and organisation of the neolithic settlements in eastern Croatia



Dimitrij Mlekuž1, Mihael Budja1, Robert Payton2 and Clive Bonsall3

1Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia; 2School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development, Newcastle University, UK; 3School of History, Classics, and Archaeology, University of Edinburgh, UK

Reassessing Mesolithic/Neolithic ‘gap’: Mala Triglavca case study



Phil Mason1 and Maja Andrič2

1The Institute for the protection of the Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, RU Novo mesto, Slovenia; 2Institute of archaeology at the Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Neolithic/Eneolithic settlement patterns and Holocene environmental changes in Bela krajina (south-eastern Slovenia)



Discussion & coffee/tea



Takamune Kawashima

Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Japan

Food consumption in the Jomon: An assessment of the social complexity of hunter-gatherers



Agni Prijatelj

Department of Archaeology, Durham University, UK

Into the labyrinth: Crosscultural dynamics of a sign



Saturday, 8th November

Morning session (9.00-13.00): The neolithisation processes and the paternal genetic linages, and demographic simulations

Moderators: Prof. dr. Detlef Gronenborn and Dr. Eleni  Asouti


Marijana Peričić Salihović, Lovorka Barać Lauc, Irena Martinović Klarić, Branka Janićijević and Pavao Rudan

Institute for Anthropological Research, Zagreb, Croatia

The role of Southeastern Europe (SEE) in origins and diffusion of major paternal lineages



Oleg Balanovsky1, Siiri Rootsi2, Andrey Pshenichnov1, Toomas Kivisild2, Elena Balanovska1 and Richard Villems3

Research Centre for Medical Genetics, Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, Moscow, Russia; Department of Evolutionary Biology, University of Tartu and Estonian Biocentre, Tartu, Estonia; Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies, University of Cambridge, UK

Russian intra-ethnic paternal variation



Patrik Galeta1 and Jaroslav Bruzek2

1Department of Anthropology, University of West Bohemia, Pilsen, Czech Republic and Department of Anthropology, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic; 2 3UMR 5199, PACEA, Laboratoire d’Anthropologie des Populations du Passé, Université Bordeaux I, France

The Neolithic transition in central Europe: Demographic simulations



Discussion & coffee/tea


Eszter Banffy and Krisztián Oross

Archaeological Institute, Hungarian Academy of Science, Budapest, Hungary

Two principal waves of neolithization: The LBK development in Transdanubia



Ebbe H. Nielsen

Archaeological Survey of the canton of Lucerne, Switzerland

The Late Mesolithic and the Neolithisation of Switzerland



Discussion & lunch


Afternoon session (14.00-18.30): Miscellanea

Moderators: Dr.  Lee Clare and Dr. Maja Andrič


Jelena Raičević1 and Dušan Borić2

1Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Philosophy, Belgrade, Serbia; 2Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge, UK

Cremation ‘burials’ from Mesolithic levels at Vlasac (Serbia)



Rastko Cvekić

Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto, Canada

Social versus cultural complexity at Lepenski Vir



Discussion & coffee/tea


Technology and raw material

Emanuela Cristiani, Stefano Grimaldi and Annaluisa Pedrotti

Laboratory for Prehistory ‘B.Bagolini’, Department of philosophy, history and cultural heritage. Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Trento, Trento, Italy

Between Mesolithic and Neolithic at the Riparo Gaban (Trento, Italy): Technology and function of the trapezes



Ivana Živaljević1 and Dušan Borić2

1Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Philosophy, Belgrade, Serbia; 2Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge, UK

Spatial analyses of bone, antler, and boar’s tusk industries from the Mesolithic – Neolithic site of Vlasac, Serbia



Martin Kuča, Zdeněk Schenk, Petr Škrdla and Milan Vokáč

Department of Archaeology and Museology, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic

Raw material procurement in Moravian Neolithic: Search for extraregional networks



Discussion & dinner