AEA Autumn Conference

Environmental Archaeologies of Neolithisation 
University of Reading (UK)
10-12, November 2012

The origins and spread of Neolithic life-ways represent a pivotal change in human ecology and society.Communities transformed their relationships with the world around them, shifting away from reliance upon hunted and collected wild resources, to the management and domestication of plants and animals, alongside a pattern of increasing sedentism. These processes were played out at differing temporal and spatial scales; from the life-cycle of a single organism of a population on the path to domestication, to the dissemination of ‘new’ farming economies around the world.

The varied fields within environmental archaeology are providing increasingly detailed understanding of the agencies, processes and pathways in these transformations. These include work in the established fields of geoarchaeology, archaeobotany and zooarchaeology, alongside the major advances and exciting vistas opened in recent decades by techniques such as stable isotope analysis, geometric morphometrics and genetic studies, as well as interdisciplinary studies that integrate these approaches.

The conference program includes a keynote address from Jean-Denis Vigne, two days of presentations, and will offer a third day of optional field excursions. Please follow the links to find out more about the conference.

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Deadline for registration is 15th October


Conference organisers: Robin Bendrey, Sarah Elliott, Wendy Matthews, Amy Richardson, and Jade Whitlam
(Department of Archaeology, University of Reading, Whiteknights, Box 226, Reading, RG6 6AB,

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