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Early Farmers: the view from Archaeology and Science

Starts: 14 May 2012
Ends:  16 May 2012

Conference Outline

This major international conference is organised by the Department of Archaeology and Conservation, Cardiff University, and is generously supported by the British Academy.

Scientific and interpretative archaeology often speak to very different audiences despite shared interests in themes such as landscape, climate, subsistence, social structure and cultural identity. This conference challenges different disciplinary paths to find ways of talking to each other, taking the European Neolithic as its focal point. Contributors will cover a broad range of innovative approaches across different subjects, from archaeological theory to ancient DNA, bringing together vital new research that has forced the reconsideration of long held assumptions about the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition, the social organisation of the earliest farmers and individual biographies of past persons.


Early Farmers the view from Archaeology and Science


The conference programme can be downloaded from the right-hand-column of this page


We welcome requests to display posters at the conference. Please email an abstract of no longer than 300 words to Penny Bickle ( before 24th February 2012. Poster abstract deadline extended to end of March 2012.


The largest poster that can be displayed is A1 size (84.1cm x 59.4 cm/33.1 inches x 23.4 inches)


Registration, Accommodation and Travel

The conference fees are £49, with a reduced fee of £20 for students and unwaged delegates. This includes admission to the sessions, the conference programme, morning and afternoon tea/coffee. The keynote lecture and evening reception on the 14th May are free to attend.


A registration form is available to download in the right-hand-column of this page, where you will also find information about accommodation and locations, maps and travel directions.


The conference will take place in the Julian Hodge Lecture theatre in the Julian Hodge Building.


Please send any questions or queries to the email address below.



Email Penny Bickle:


Address for Registration

Early Farmers c/o Penny Bickle
Department of Archaeology and Conservation
Cardiff University
Humanities Building
Colum Drive
CF10 3EU



Other information

Open To: Public