13th Neolithic Seminar

The Mesolithic and the Neolithic Cultural and Populational Trajectories in Eurasia

Friday 10th - Sunday 12th November 2006
Department of Archaeology
Faculty of Arts
Ljubljana University

Friday 10th November

Morning session: Cultural and Populational Trajectories in Eurasia

9.00 - 12.30

Introduction to the Seminar

Jingzhi Liu 

Institute of archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, China

New discovery of two microlithic sites in Hulunbeier Great Grassland

Xiaohong Wu1, Jianfeng Cui1, Ling Qin1 and Min Zhang2

1Laboratory of Scientific Archaeology & Cultural Relics, Department of Archaeology, Peking University, China; 2Nan Jing Museum, Nanjing, China

The Elemental Evidence of Pottery Production in situ -- Comparison between Dawenkou and Liangzhu Potteries at Huating Neolithic Site in Jiangsu Province, China

Simon Kaner1 and Takeshi Ishikawa2

1Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, Norwich, UK; 2Department of Environmental Changes, Faculty of Social and Cultural Studies, Kyushu University, Japan

Reassessing the 'Neolithic' in the Jomon of the western Japanese archipelago

Discussion & coffee/tea

Irina Zhushchikhovskaya

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

Neolithic Jomon pottery: new research perspective

Yaroslav V. Kuzmin1 and Viktor M. Vetrov2

1Pacific Institute of Geography, Vladivostok, Russia; 2Irkutsk State Pedagogical University, Irkutsk, Russia

The earliest Neolithic complex in Siberia: The Ust-Karenga 12 site and its significance for the neolithisation of Eurasia

Kate Davison1, Pavel M. Dolukhanov2, Anvar Shukurov1, Graeme R. Sarson1 and Ganna I. Zaitseva3

1School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK; 2School of Historical Studies, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK; 3 IHMC, Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg, Russia

Dual sources of the Neolithic in Europe: Mathematical modelling constrained by radiocarbon dates

Discussion & lunch

14.00 - 19.00

Dušan Mihailović

Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Philosophy, Belgrade, Serbia

Social aspects of transition to farming in the central Balkans

Bart Vanmontfort

Faculty of Archaeology, University of Leiden, The Nederlands

Bridging the gap. The Meso-Neo transition in a frontier zone

Marek Nowak

Institute of Archaeology, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland

Middle and late Holocene foragers in Central Europe: paradigms and culture change

Lolita Nikolova

University of Utah and International Institute of Anthropology, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Differences in the human decision making during the Neolithic in the central Eurasian regions: Opportunities for descriptive and simulation models of the theory of accumulation and treasuring of wealth in prehistory

George Nash

Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Bristol, UK

Assessing rank, warfare-strategy and stress in hunter/gatherer/herder societies: a case for warrior figures on rock-art from the Levant, south-eastern Spain

Discussion & coffee/tea

Afternoon session: Regional Studies

Christina Tsoraki

Department of Archaeology University of Sheffield, UK

Unravelling ground stone life histories: The distribution of stone artefacts and the organization of human activities at LN Makriyalos, Greece

Noémi Pažinová

Department Of Archaeology and Museology, Constantine the Philosopher University, Nitra, Slovakia

The Lengyel culture settlement in Bučany, Slovakia

Phil Mason

The Institute for the protection of the Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, RU Novo mesto, Slovenia

Neolithic and Eneolithic settlement patterns in Bela krajina in the light of recent fieldwork

Maja Andrič

Institute of archaeology at the Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Why were Neolithic landscapes of Bela krajina and Ljubljansko barje regions of Slovenia so dissimilar?

Alexandra Golyeva

Institute of Geography RAS, Moscow, Russia

Soil scientist’s work at the Neolitic archaeological sites

Discussion & diner

Saturday 11th November

Morning session: The Mesolithic and the Neolithic Cultural and Populational Trajectories in the Iron Gates

9.00 - 12.30

Borislav Jovanović

Archaeological Institute, Serbian Academy of Sciences, Belgrade, Serbia

Organization and stratigraphy of the Lepenski Vir culture settlements and geomorphology of the Upper Iron Gates Gorge: ecological predispositions for formation and evolution of the culture

John Nandris

Cantemir Consultancy, The Old School, Merton, Oxo, UK

The Djerdap re-visited. A retrospective on Lepenski Vir and the FTN

Discussion & coffee/tea

Dušan Borić1 and Vesna Dimitrijević2

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

When did the ‘Neolithic package’ arrive to Lepenski Vir? Radiometric and faunal evidence

Clive Bonsall

Department of Archaeology, University of Edinburgh, UK

Economic and cultural transformations in the Iron Gates from 12,000–5,500 cal BC

Afternoon session: Symbols and Rituals

Jalaledin Rafifar

Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Tehran, Iran

On the question of shamanism among the rock art of Azarbaijan (Iran)

Mihály Hoppál

Institute of Ethnology, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary

Signs and Symbols in Siberian rock art

Discussion & lunch

14.00 - 19.00

Mihael Budja

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

Symbols and markers: Hunter-gatherer's and farmers' ritual practices in western Eurasia

Elettra Ingravallo

Laboratorio di Paletnologia e Archeologia sperimentale, Università degli Studi di Lecce, Italy

The Neolithic farmers and their symbolic universe. The “Grotta dei Cervi” cave in Porto Badisco

Dušan Borić

Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge, UK

Changing bodily practices in the Meso-Neolithic Balkans

Dimitrij Mlekuž

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

Sheep are your mother: The ideology of west Balkan "cult vessels"

Discussion & coffee/tea

Ali Umut Türkcan

Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Letters, University of Anatolia, Eskişehir, Turkey

The role of Catalhoyuk animal seals on early Neolithic symbolism

Valeska Becker

Universität des Saarlandes Saarbrücken, Germany

Early and middle Neolithic Figurines – Migration of religious Belief

Eva Lenneis

Institute for Prehistory and Protohistory of the University of Vienna, Austria

Mesolithic heritage in early Neolithic burial rituals and personal ornaments

Alena Parobková

Archaelogical Institute at the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Nitra, Slovakia

Some questions about the oldest cremation burials in Carpathian basin and neighbouring regions

Discussion & diner

Sunday 12th November

Field excursion for the speakers.

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