Eachtra Journal

ISSN 2009-2237


October, 2009 · Written by: John Tierney Print This Page This entry is part 3 of 30 in the Issue 04
A one-day seminar and workshop entitled “Dealing with Neolithic Landscapes” will be held at the School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology, Queen’s University Belfast on Saturday, 21st November 2009.

Attendance is by application only and is free of charge, including lunch and refreshments. Further information and registration details can be found on our website (http://www.chrono.qub.ac.uk/instar/landscape.htm). Registration is via Rowan McLaughlin. Please note that numbers are limited for the afternoon workshop session.
The aim of this seminar is to discuss both the archaeological evidence for Neolithic settlement and economies, and the palaeoecological evidence for past landscapes. We will investigate how the two approaches can be integrated to provide a more detailed view of settlement, agriculture, landscape and life during the Neolithic period, and their associated chronologies. During the seminar, some of the latest results from the INSTAR 2008 and 2009 funded “Cultivating Societies” project will be discussed, alongside other case studies and overviews from Ireland and Scotland. Speakers will include Jessica Smyth and Graeme Warren (University College Dublin), Kenneth Brophy (University of Glasgow), Meriel McClatchie and Phil Barratt (Queen’s University Belfast) and Jane Bunting (University of Hull).
The afternoon workshop is aimed at archaeologists and environmental archaeologists from the private, state and academic sectors who wish to learn more about how past landscapes can be reconstructed, and how evidence for past landscape change can be resolved. More experienced environmental archaeologists will have the opportunity to hear about latest modelling approaches using PollandCal.
(from Meriel mcClatchie)
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