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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
Monday, December 16 • 1:30pm - 5:00pm
TAG52 | Archaeologies of Marginality

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The study of marginalized groups and individuals is gaining increased attention in archaeological research. Archaeologies of Marginality will address past inequalities by looking at social stratification and growing social complexity in deep history, with a focus on the multidimensional facets of social exclusion and their intersectional aspects. In this session, we discuss the development of appropriate theoretical and methodological frameworks to investigate marginality in the past to promote marginality studies in archaeology. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

● dynamics of resistance and the agency of the socially excluded;
● violence and coercive power;
● poverty and marginality in relation to socio-economic status; warfare and war crimes, migration, forced labor and slavery
● disease and disability
● gender, personhood, age and the life course; marginality and social exclusion in relation to motherhood, pregnancy and childhood neglect;
● marginality in times of collapse, crisis and environmental stress;
● marginal landscapes, peripheral regions and ethnic marginality;
● material culture and technology between deprivation and elite consumption;
● anomalous burial rites, funerary deviancy and marginal burial;
● bioarcheology, ancient DNA analysis and science-based approaches to past marginality;
● marginality and social exclusion today; marginality in academia, epistemology; accessibility, inclusivity and diversity;
● Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) and the safeguarding of marginalized people's endangered cultural heritage.

Organisers: Elisa Perego; UCL • Andrew Reynolds; UCL • Andy Gardner; UCL

13:30 | Session organisers | Intro

13:40 | Anna Bloxam, UCL | Accessing marginal practices, peoples, and identities in prehistory

14:00 | Floor Huisman, Cambridge Archaeological Unit | Souls of sedge in a marginal marsh? The role and place of ‘fen slodgers’ and the former East Anglian Fens within the wider landscape

14:20 | Richard Kendall, University of Edinburgh | Scholars can’t be Choosers; Homelessness in Pre-Christian Rome

14:40 | Jake Weekes, Canterbury Archaeological Trust | The Empire of History

15:00 | Canek Huerta Martinez, UNAM, Mexico | “Vecindario Tlailotlacan: An Archaeology from the edges”

15:20 | - | BREAK

15:50 | Rosamund E. Fitzmaurice (Rosie), UCL | Ethnohistory and “Slavery”: to what extent can we use ethnohistory to understand indigenous dependency in Precolumbian central Mexico?

16:10 | Oscar Toro Bardeci, UCL | From bordering to marginalised. The process of incorporation of pehuenche groups to the chilean state in the 19th century

16:30 | Lan CoCo Shi, UCL | Marginalised intangible culture in Wanjian Village

16:50 | Session organisers | Discussion

17:00 | - | END


Monday December 16, 2019 1:30pm - 5:00pm
Room 784 20 Bedford Way, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 0AL

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