<i>Homo sapiens</i>. Le nuove storie dell'evoluzione umana A noter / Autour de la Préhistoire Les Huastèques préhispaniques, leurs cousins et leurs voisins / par Dominique Michelet

Contact, Circulation, Exchange in Past Societies: Approaches from the bone artefacts

Congrès, colloques, réunions


2-3 mars 2017
Travna (Slovaquie)




Workshop - UISPP Commission Bone Artefact


Contact, circulation and exchange in past societies are highlighted by a variety of sources and fields of research. To promote the visibility of bone studies as a mean to understand past societies from material records, the proposed workshop aims at conveying archaeological, ethno-archaeological and ethnological contributions focusing on animal/human hard materials (bone, tooth, tusk, horn, antler, shell etc.) and analyses of artefacts (whole assemblage, object, substance, used matrix, composite tool, part of architecture or device, sacred item, art product etc.). To account of various aspects of these topics, issues from diverse disciplinary fields are required and the integration of the animal or the human material as both a resource and a used object or anatomical matrix will be considered.


Call for papers
In the proposed workshop, we would like to highlight, for instance:
- Contact between social groups either by imported or imitated goods made out of animal hard tissues,
- Procurement (including logistic and management) strategies of mobile animal resources and hard materials: archaeological visibility,
- Particular crafting skills devoted to alliance networks,
- Territorial versus socio-cultural markers in the use of osseous/shell materials,
- Identifiable treatment/disposals and reasons for the removal/transport of human tissues,
- Mobile versus transported art through study of adorned mobiliary objects,
- Exchangeable versus non exchangeable goods or adornment, and long lasting transmission of goods or adornments: (expected) archaeological visibility,
- Circulation and transmission of items and ideas: how, what, why and under which conditions?




Éva David
Erik Hnrčiarik


Proposals including title and abstract are welcome until 5th of December 2016