Webinars: social networks and cultural evolution in prehistoric hunter-gatherers

I strongly recommend this webinar series, running from late October through November. I’ve always felt social networks have huge potential for application in studies of hunter-gatherers, mainly after reading Clive Gamble’s ‘Palaeolithic Societies of Europe’, ideas of communities of practice, and especially after reading work by Migliano and colleagues working with present-day hunter-gatherers. My hopes are this seminar will push these ideas further! Great list of speakers!!!!!


Registration deadline October 16th.

More info: https://paleodem.eu/paleodem-webinars/

The Paleodem Project is organizing a Webinar series that will bring together worldwide leading experts in archaeology, behavioral ecology, evolutionary anthropology and complex systems to foster cross-disciplinary discussions about structural dependence of cultural cumulative change, cultural dynamics on and social networks in the Human Past.The webinars, that will take place from October 27th to November 17th 2020, will focus on the application of social network analysis to understand human cultural evolution, with special focus on hunter-gatherer societies.The PALEODEM Webinar series will thus,

  1. Create a space that fosters an exchange of core knowledge about cultural cumulative change, cultural dynamics and social networks.
  2. Introduce recent case studies of social networks analysis to the study of human cultural evolution based on archaeological, ethnographic and experimental data.
  3. Foster discussion on cross-disciplinary theoretical frameworks about the structural dependence of cultural cumulative change, cultural dynamics on and social networks in the Human Past. 

Please visit the Paleodem Website (https://paleodem.eu/paleodem-webinars/) to know more details about the event, such as panelists, detailed programme and registration. The registration is free and will be open till October 16th. registration is free and will be open till October 16th. 

PhD position in Network Analysis for ERC project PALEODEM

The following PhD opportunity will be of interest to readers of this blog.

Deadline: 21 January 2018

More info: https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/268317

The Institute of Human Paleoecology and Social Evolution (IPHES), invites applications for a 3-year PhD student position in Network Analysis within the scope of the project PALEODEM, Late Glacial and Postglacial Population History and Cultural Transmission in Iberia (c.15,000-8000 cal BP) – ERC Consolidator Grant Grant 2015 Ref. 683018 (PI: Javier Fernández-López de Pablo).

The PALEODEM research project aims to investigate changes on human demography and cultural transmission processes from the Late Magdalenian to the Late Mesolithic in the Iberian Peninsula, using a novel multi-scale methodological approach.

The PhD student will collect relational data, construct and analyse networks from them and model cultural dynamics on such networks. We look for an enthusiastic PhD student with a Prehistoric archaeology background, experience in network analysis and computational modelling and knowledge about database management.

CAHO seminar series 2012-2013

Southampton’s Centre for the Archaeology of Human Origins (CAHO) is preparing for another year full of fascinating seminars. Today they launched their seminar series blog where you can find some of the speakers that are lined up. Check the site regularly for updates! The first seminar is by Southampton’s very own Dr. John McNabb on 26 October.

Dr John McNabb
Centre for the Archaeology of Human Origins, University of Southampton

“Piltdown; Nationalism, Human Origins and the Faking the Earliest Englishman”

This year sees the centenary of the Piltdown man. In December 1912 a tremendous discovery was announced. A fossilised human ancestor which perfectly fitted the prevailing expectations of evolutionary theory, and it was found in Sussex. What could have been more appropriate, unless it was the discovery of an ancient cricket bat – and the forger even provided that as well. This talk will concentrate on a much neglected aspect of the Piltdown forgery – the material culture. This is usually side lined in favour of the more dramatic human remains. However the bogus tools that were planted by the forger have important insights to offer into the practice of anthropology and archaeology in the post-Edwardian era.

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