11th NEOLITHIC SEMINAR

Symbols and Symbolism

Ljubljana, Thursday 4th - Sunday 7th November 2004

Thursday 4th November

10.00 - 14.30

Introduction to the Seminar - Dr. Mihael Budja (Department of Archaeology, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia). In pursuit of symbolicity.

Dr. Marina Miličević-Bradač (Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Philosophy, Univesity of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia). Transfer of symbols and transfer of meanings: the case of the "horns of consecration".

Dr. Aleksandar Durman (Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Philosophy, Univesity of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia). Pot as a symbol of life and universe.

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Discussion, coffee/tea break
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Dr. Corneliu Beldiman (Christian University "Dimitrie Cantemir", Faculty of History, Bucharest, Rumania). Zoo-symbolism and Early Neolithic portable art in Romania.

Dr. Michel Louis Séfériades (UMR 6566 CNRS, Universités Rennes 1, Laboratoire d'Anthropologie, Rennes, France). Spondylus gaederopus. Symbols and symbolism: a structural approach to European Neolithic and Chalcolithic mentalities.

Dr. Xiaohong Wu and Zhao Chaohong (Department of Archaeology, Peking University, Beijing, China). The Neolithic  symbols found in Yellow River Valley.

Dr. Xingcan Chen  (Institute of Archaeology Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, China). Turquoise: a symbolic object of the early Neolithic period in the Upper Huai River valley, Central China.

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Discussion, coffee/tea break
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Dr. Simona Petru (Department of Archaeology, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia). Symbolism of the non-figurative signs on the portable art from the Late Palaeolithic site Zemono.

Alenka Tomaž (Science and Research Centre Koper, Institute for Mediterranean Heritage, University of Primorska, Koper, Slovenia). Miniature vessels from the Neolithic site Čatež - Sredno polje. Were they meant for everyday use or were they meant for something else?

Boris Kavur (Science and Research Centre Koper, Institute for Mediterranean Heritage, University of Primorska, Koper, Slovenia). Giving junk. The symbolic role of lithic debitage in a Neolithic society.

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Discussion & lunch
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18.00

Reception at the Department of Archaeology

Friday 5th November

9.00 - 13.00

Dr. Jak Yakar (The Sonia and Marco Nadler Institute of Archaeology, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel). Language of symbols in Prehistoric Anatolia.

Dr. Steven Mithen (School of Human and Environmental Sciences, The University of Reading, Reading, UK). Symbolism at the PPNA Site of WF16, Southern Jordan.

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Discussion, coffee/tea break
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Dr. Nina Kyparissi Apostolika (Directorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities, Greek Ministry of Culture, Athens, Greece). Tracing symbols of life and symbols of death in Neolithic archaeological contexts

Dr. Eszter Banffy (Archaeological Institute, Hungarian Academy of Science, Budapest, Hungary). Mesolithic-Neolithic contacts, as reflected in ritual finds.

Dr. Mihael Budja (Department of Archaeology, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia). Transition to farming and the 'revolution' of symbols in the Balkans. From ornaments to entopics and external symbolic storage

Dr. Serge Cassen (CNRS, Laboratoire de Préhistoire et Protohistoire de l'Ouest de la France (UMR 6566), Université de Nantes, Nantes, France). Pigeon-raven, snake and sperm whale, magical objects and domestic horned. The division of the world during the early Neolithic of western France.

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Discussion & lunch
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14.30 - 18.00

Dr. Harald Haarmann (Institute of Archaeomythology, Sebastopol, USA, Luumäki, Finland). The challenge of the abstract mind: symbols, signs and notational systems in European Prehistory.

Marco Merlini (Euro Innovanet Institute, Roma, Italy). Some features of the "Danube Script" by a semiotic approach.

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Discussion, coffee/tea break
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Dr. Andrej Starović (National Museum, Belgrade, Serbia). If the Vinča script once really existed, who could write and read it?

Dr. Gheorghe Lazarovici (National Museum of Transylvania, Cluj-Napoca, Romania). New data on Tartaria tablets.

Dr. Magda Mantu Lazarovici (Archaeological Institut, Iasi, Romania). Signs and symbols on the anthropomorphic plastic of Cucuteni culture.

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Discussion & wine
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Saturday 6th November

10.00 - 15.00

Dr. Vassil Nikolov (Institute of Archaeology and Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Science, Sofia, Bulgaria). The Neolithic cult tables: symbol of Mother-Goddess.

Dr. Thomas Dowson (School of Art History & Archaeology, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK). Towards an archaeology of decorated Neolithic figurines from south east Europe.

Dr. Ilze Loze (Institute of History of Latvia, University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia). Aspects of research on symbols of Neolithic anthropomorphic miniature plastic art.

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Discussion, coffee/tea break
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Dr. Florian Drasovean (Muzeul Banatului, Timisoara, Romania). A figurine head used within black magic witchcraft discovered in the Late Neolithic settlement from Sinandrei (SW Romania).

Dr. Christina Marangou (Athens, Greece). On size, on unreality and on otherness in Neolithic symbolic imagery.

Dr. Julian Thomas (School of Art History & Archaeology, University of Manchester, UK). Ambiguous Symbols, or why were there no figurines in Neolithic Britain?

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Discussion, coffee/tea break
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Takamune Kawashima (Department of Humanities & Social Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Japan). The contextuality of clay figurines in Japan.

Dr. Georgia Stratouli (Ephory of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities-Hellenic Ministry of Culture, Edessa, Greece). Symbolic behaviour at places of social activity beyond the domestic environment in the Neolithic of the Ionian Islands, W. Greece.

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Discussion & lunch
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Sunday 7th November

Field excursion for the interested participants of the Seminar will be available.
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