FROM FORAGING TO FARMING IN NORTHERN EUROPE: the impact of scientific approaches

From Foraging to Farming in Northern Europe

Tuesday 12 April 2011, 8.00AM

Speaker: 12th - 14th April 2011 Programme below


Tuesday 12th April 2011

4.00 – 6.00 pm:    Registration and wine reception at the Norcroft Centre, University of Bradford

Wednesday 13th April 2011

8.00 – 9.00 am:    Registration and coffee at the Norcroft Centre

9.00 – 9.30 am:     Welcome and introduction – Carl Heron, University of Bradford, UK

Session 1 - Neolithisation

9.30 – 10.30 am:    "Neolithisation – assessing the impact of scientific approaches" – Oliver Craig, University of York, UK
10.30 – 11.00 am:    Coffee
11.00 – 11.30 am:     “The multi-strand Neolithisation of Britain and Ireland and its French background: the evidence from material culture, structures, beliefs and lifestyle”, Alison Sheridan, National Museums of Scotland, UK
11.30 – 12.00 noon:    “Foraging or farming – the Eastern Middle Sweden example”, Tom Carlsson, National Heritage Board, Sweden
12.00 – 12.30 pm:    “The submerged terminal Mesolithic/early Neolithic site Timmendorf-Nordmole III and its importance for the Neolithisation of the Southwestern Baltic coast”, Harald Lübke, Stefanie Klooß and Ulrich Schmölcke, Schleswig-Holstein State Museums Foundation and University of Kiel, Germany
12.30 – 1.00 pm:   "Tracing subsistence strategies from Neolithic and later coastal and island communities in northern Britain via organic residue analysis"., Lucy Cramp,
Jacqui Mulville and Richard P Evershed, University of Bristol, UK
1.00 – 2.00 pm:    Lunch

Session 2 - The Bioarchaeological evidence

2.00 – 2.30 pm:    “Bioarchaeology of Central Europe and circum-Baltic area at the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition: a comparative study”, Marek Zvelebil, University of Sheffield, UK
2.30 – 3.00 pm:    “Asnæs Havnemark: The analysis and implications of a specialized Ertebølle faunal assemblage”, Kurt Gron, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
3.00 – 3.30 pm:    “The contribution of multi-disciplinary archaeobotany to the understanding of neolithisation in Dutch wetlands (5500-3400 cal BC), Welmoed Out, Archaeological Research and Consultancy, the Netherlands
3.30 – 4.00 pm:    “Dietary dichotomies: new data and scales of analysis”, Emilie Sibbesson, University of Southampton, UK
4.00 pm:    Tea followed by an optional visit to the University of Bradford Research Showcase
6.30 pm:    Pub – venue tbc

7.30 pm:    Conference dinner at the Midland Hotel, Forster Square, Bradford

Thursday 14th April 2011

8.00 – 9.00 am:    Coffee

Session 3 - Material Culture

9:00 – 9.30 am:    “Farmers of the North: New data on the Early Neolithic Funnel Beaker Culture of Mälardalen, Central Sweden”, Fredrik Hallgren and Sven Isaksson, Stockholm University, Sweden
9.30 – 10:00 am:    “Early pottery and pottery use in late hunter-fisher economies: examples from Neustadt and Wangels in Northern Germany”, Aikaterina Glykou and Sönke Hartz, Kiel University and National State Museum Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
10.00 – 10.30 am:   "Cuisine and the value of foods across the transition to agriculture in southern Scandinavia in the context of pottery", Hayley Saul, University of York, UK
10.30 – 11.00 am:    Coffee

Session 4 - The Isotopic Evidence

11.00 - 11.30 am:    "Food remains on Mesolithic pottery: radiocarbon dating, stable isotope analysis and experimental approaches", Bente Philippsen, Aarhus University, Denmark
11.30 - 12.00 noon:    "For or against? What do dietary isotopes say about fish consumption in the European Neolithic?", Andrew Millard, University of Durham, UK
12.00 - 12.30 pm:    "Touch not the fish II. Stable isotopes and the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition in Britain and Ireland". Rick Schulting, University of Oxford, UK
12.30 - 1.00 pm:    "Tracking Neolithisation processes on the individual level: examples from stable isotope analysis on a Scandinavian material", Kerstin Lidén, Elin Fornander, Anna Linderholm and Gunilla Eriksson, Stockholm University, Sweden
1.00 - 2.00 pm:    Lunch

Session 5 - The DNA Evidence

2.00 - 2.30 pm:    "The early history of sheep in Finland: archaeological and genetic analysis", Auli Tourunen, Marianna Niemi, Terhi Iso-Touru, Veronica Nyström, Janne Harjula, Jussi-Pekka Taavitsainen, Kerstin Liden and Juha Kantanen from MTT Agrifood Research and University of Turku, Finland; Stockholm University, Sweden; NordGen, Aas, Norway
2.30 - 3.00 pm:    "The origins of lactase persistence in Europe", Mark Thomas, University College London, UK
3.00 - 3.30 pm:    "Palaeogenetics of foragers and farmers: current data and future directions", Ruth Bollongino, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany
3.30 - 4.00 pm:    Refreshments
4.00 - 4.30 pm:    "Ancient DNA and the Scandinavian Neolithic", Helena Malmström, University of Uppsala, Sweden
4.30 - 5.00 pm:    "Pig Domestication - old questions, new approaches", Linus Girdland Flink, Joseph Owen, Allowen Evan, Thomas Cucchi, Keith Dobney, Una Vodarsdottir, Greger Larson, Universities of Durham and Aberdeen and CNRS, UK

5.00 - 5.30 pm:     Session 6 - Closing Session

Location: University of Bradford, UK

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