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The UCL Institute of Archaeology is delighted to host the 41st annual Theoretical Archaeology Group Conference in December 2019. Founded in 1937, the Institute is one of the largest centres for world archaeology, archaeological sciences and heritage & museum studies in the UK, situated in the heart of the capital.

Venue: UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL
Wednesday, December 18 • 2:00pm - 5:30pm
TAG05 | Demography, Migration, Interaction: New Archaeological Narratives for the Past and the Present

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Recent years have seen an increase in political narratives and propaganda focused on boundaries, borders and walls, primarily based on a mentality of ‘us’ versus ‘them’. At the same time, contemporary archaeological research has seen a resurgence of studies into prehistoric demography, driven by cross-disciplinary methods and techniques. Looking closely at issues of human migration and cross-cultural interaction across time and space, this session aims to highlight the value of archaeology as a tool for challenging current attitudes towards migrants. To this end, we invite papers that develop new archaeological narratives on co-existence, co-operation, conflict and/or exchange between different communities, thus demonstrating the significance of cross-cultural interaction to the human condition, as well as the long-term benefits of hybrid or ‘mixed’ communities. These narratives should however be placed firmly in the current socio-political context. What are the contemporary implications and entanglements of archaeological research focused on questions of demography, migration, and interaction? To enable this dialogue, we particularly welcome papers that approach these issues through a broad array of archaeological methods, including archaeological sciences (zooarchaeology, geoarchaeology, archaeobotany, osteoarchaeology), material culture studies (ceramics, lithics and metallurgy), and anthropological studies. We seek to discuss these topics from a broad temporal and geographical perspective, covering examples from the Palaeolithic to the Modern era, and from a diverse array of regions around the Globe. We particularly seek case studies from the Americas, Africa, Middle East, Asia, and Oceania.We encourage early career researchers, women and minorities to apply.

Organisers: Ana Catarina Vital; UCL Institute of Archaeology • Gwendoline Maurer; UCL Institute of Archaeology

14:00 | Ana Catarina Vital, UCL Institute of Archaeology; Gwendoline Maurer, UCL Institute of Archaeology | Introduction

14:10 | Gwendoline Maurer, UCL Institute of Archaeology | Diaspora Subsistence Strategies: The Kura Araxes in the 3rd Millennium BC Southern Levant

14:25 | Alicia Núñez-García, University of Edinburgh | Ubuntu! Phoenicians in Iberia, Syrians in Europe

14:40 | Yuyang Wang, Stanford University | Looking into the Shattered Mirrors: A Study of Destroyed Bronze Mirrors in Qin, Han, and Xiongnu Tombs

14:55 | Christian Langer M.A., Freie Universität Berlin | Researching ancient Egyptian deportations: political economy and scholarly discourse

15:10 | Sara Simões, Cambridge Archaeological Unit / STARQ- Sindicato dos Trabalhadores de Arqueologia (Portuguese Union for Archaeologists); Tânia Casimiro, IHC-NOVA University of Lisbon; José Pedro Henriques, IAP – Universidade NOVA de Lisboa; Vanessa Filipe, Independent Researcher | An archaeological perspective of African mobilities in Portugal between the 15th and the 19th centuries

15:25 | - | BREAK

15:55 | Lucy Timbrell, Professor Marta Mirazón Lahr, Leverhulme Centre of Human Evolutionary Studies, University of Cambridge | Characterising and exploring patterns of cranial shape variation in recent Aboriginal Australians

16:10 | Konstantinos P. Trimmis, University of Bristol; Christianne L. Fernée, University of Southampton | Εuromobile: Exploring migration narratives and mobility routes in the South East Europe from prehistory to the present

16:25 | Marte Spangen, Førsteamanuensis/Associate professor, Arctic University of Norway | Roads of the North – movement, interaction, and landscape negotiation in northern Norway

16:40 | Lauren Nicole Coughlin, University of Southampton | If nowhere else, they belong when they are in that class

16:55 | Alexandra E. T. Kriti, Headland Archaeology Ltd. / Kingston University of London | Cooking [at] the borders: The Taste of the Aegean Internationality(-ies)

17:10 | Ana Catarina Vital, UCL Institute of Archaeology; Gwendoline Maurer, UCL Institute of Archaeology | Discussion

17:30 | - | END

Speakers
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Ana Catarina Vital

UCL Institute of Archaeology
GM

Gwendoline Maurer

UCL Institute of Archaeology
AN

Alicia Núñez-García

University of Edinburgh
YW

Yuyang Wang

Stanford University
KP

Konstantinos P. Trimmis

University of Bristol
CL

Christianne L. Fernée

University of Southampton
MS

Marte Spangen

Førsteamanuensis/Associate professor, Arctic University of Norway
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Lucy Timbrell: Professor Marta Mirazón Lahr

Leverhulme Centre of Human Evolutionary Studies, University of Cambridge
CL

Christian Langer M.A.

Freie Universität Berlin
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Sara Simões

Cambridge Archaeological Unit / STARQ- Sindicato dos Trabalhadores de Arqueologia (Portuguese Union for Archaeologists)
TC

Tânia Casimiro

IHC-NOVA University of Lisbon
VF

Vanessa Filipe

Independent Researcher
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Lauren Nicole Coughlin

University of Southampton
AE

Alexandra E. T. Kriti

Headland Archaeology Ltd. / Kingston University of London


Wednesday December 18, 2019 2:00pm - 5:30pm
Room 822 20 Bedford Way, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 0AL

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