Where the Wild Things Are 2.0 will take place on 8-10 January 2014 at Durham University's Department of Archaeology and will include an opening reception on the Wednesday evening. An optional conference dinner will take place in the evening on Thursday. Papers and posters covering a wide range of Palaeolithic and Mesolithic research will be presented. Confirmed keynote speakers include leading specialists on the African Late Stone Age (Prof. Peter Mitchell, Oxford University) and Mesolithic-Neolithic of Europe (Prof. Leendert Louwe Kooijmans, Leiden University). There will also be an opening keynote to be presented by Prof. Robin Dennell (University of Sheffield) on the evening of 8th January, prior to the drinks reception.
Go here for more information about the conference. Practical information, including conference location, travel details, and suggested accommodation is found here. To register as a delegate, please visit out registration page.
Wild Things: Recent advances in Palaeolithic and Mesolithic reseach
A volume of collected papers resulting from the first Where the Wild Things Are conference, which took place in 2012, is to be published via Oxbow Books. Details for the volume, including a list of paper titles, are available on their website. Here is a brief overview of the volume:
"Recently, Palaeolithic and Mesolithic archaeology has been breaking boundaries worldwide. Finds such as the Mesolithic house at Howick, the sequencing of the Neanderthal genome, and the recently discovered footprints at Happisburgh all serve to indicate how archaeologists in these fields are truly at the cutting edge of understanding humanity’s past. This volume celebrates this trend by focusing on recent advances in the study of the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic. With contributors from a diverse range of backgrounds, it allows for a greater degree of interdisciplinary discourse than is often the case, as the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic are generally split apart. Wild Things brings together contributions from major researchers and early career specialists, detailing research taking place across the British Isles, France, Portugal, Russia, the Levant and Europe as a whole, providing a cross-section of the exciting range of research being conducted. By combining papers from both these periods, it is hoped that dialogue between practitioners of Palaeolithic and Mesolithic archaeology can be further encouraged. Topics include: the chronology of the Mid-Upper Palaeolithic of European Russia; territorial use of Alpine high altitude areas by Mesolithic hunter-gatherer; discussing the feasibility of reconstructing Neanderthal demography to examine their extinction; the funerary contexts from the Mesolithic burials at Muge; the discovery of further British Upper Palaeolithic parietal art at Cathole Cave; exploitation of both lithics and fauna in Palaeolithic France; and an analysis of Mesolithic/Neolithic trade in Europe."
The volume is expected to be published later this year, but advanced orders are currently being taken.
A huge thank you to everyone who came to the conference and made it such a fantastically successful event. Special thanks goes to those who contributed by presenting their research, whether via delivering papers or poster. We couldn't have done it without you all.
We recieved an amazing amount of positive feedback from multiple sources after the close of the conference, and we're glad to see that it was enjoyed. We would also like to point you in the direction of Becky Farbstein's blog, which has a brief post on the conference accompanied by a thoughtful discussion of the recent trends in the direction of current postgraduate research into the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic.
Registration deadline for conference meal
The registration deadline for those delegates who wish to attend the conference meal is 20th December. This is due to the need to send orders for meals to the restaurant in advance. If you wish to attend the conference dinner please do get your registrations in by this deadline. Registration for delegates not attending the meal will remain open up until the conference takes place.
Conference programme available
The conference programme is now available to download from our What's On? page. This includes the opening and closing times for the conference, as well as times for talks to be presented at the conference.
Registration form issues
Some delegates have reported issues with filling out and saving the registration form to email it to us - the main issue being that the form would be blank upon saving. This was due to a permissions error when the form was created in Adobe Pro, and has now been rectified. An updated version is now available to download. Apologies to anyone who has been caught out by this oversight. If anyone has any further issues with registration, please contact us and we will resolve them as quickly as possible.
Payment via PayPal is now available
We are now able to take payments via PayPal, and the registration form has been updated to reflect this. In this case, the registration form should be filled in under the section marked Payment via PayPal with the amount, and the organisers will issue an invoice to you via email within 24 hours. Delegates who submit their registration forms before the close of the early-bird window will still received their discount, regardless of whether the invoice is issued after 4 November.
This method is recommended for delegate wishing to pay via their PayPal account, or overseas delegates wishing to pay via credit/debit card*. If you have any questions, please contact us directly.
*Please note that PayPal charges a processing fee on credit and debit card payments.
Early-bird registration closing soon...
Early-bird registration will close on 1st November - register before then to get a discount on delegate registration prices. See the Registration page for more details. In addition, we will be putting in place an option to pay via credit/debit card through PayPal and the registration page and forms will be updated to reflect this.
Call for Papers is closed - List of Abstracts available
The call for papers for Where the Wild Things Are 2.0 has closed. We are currently not accepting any further abstracts for papers. However, we still have room for more posters - if you would like to present a poster, then email an abtract to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We had a fantastic response to the call for papers and, as a result, we are happy to announce that some twenty-seven papers, in addition to our invited keynote speakers. A list of abstracts for both papers and posters can be found by visiting What's On?
Registration is now live!
Registration for Where the Wild Things Are 2.0 is now live. Details and the downloadable registration form can be found on our Registration page. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us at email@example.com
Call for papers
The call for papers is currently open. The deadline for submission of abstracts for both papers and posters is Friday 4th October. See the Abstract Submission page for more details.