First-year PhD Student Organises International Conference

Posted on 21 March 2017

Annabell Zander hosts 26th Annual Meeting of German Mesolithic Workgroup in Wuppertal with over 70 attendees from 8 different countries

The 26th annual Mesolithic Conference was held in the Orangerie in Hardt Park in Wuppertal from 10-12 March 2017. The conference was organised and hosted by Annabell Zander M.A., PhD student at the University of York, and Dr. Birgit Gehlen, Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Collaborative Research Centre 806, Project D4 at the University of Cologne.

Dr Harry Robson, Post-doctoral researcher at the University of York gave a talk at the conference and Theis Jensen, PhD student presented a poster.

The diverse programme included 24 academic talks and 10 poster presentations which dealt with regional and international themes surrounding the Final Palaeolithic, Mesolithic and Early Neolithic. A workshop entitled “How do we define the Mesolithic today?” took place Friday afternoon. This workshop dealt with a critical evaluation of the division between the Palaeolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic. Furthermore, Dr. Erich Claßen and Priv.Doz. Dr. Jörg Orschiedt delivered a public talk on the region’s Stone Age points of interest, including the Blätterhöhle.

The excursion took place on Sunday and reflected the theme of the workshop. We started at the famous multi-period cave site “Blätterhöhle” in Hagen where the oldest human fossils in Westphalia were found. We then headed to the Monrepos Archaeological Research Centre and Museum for Human Behavioural Evolution in Neuwied. One of the highlights of this conference was the guided tour with the Historic “Kaiserwagen” of the suspended railway through Wuppertal. The suspended railway which was built in 1901 is the oldest elevated railway with hanging cars in the world and remains unique to this day. This international conference was a success with over 70 attendees from 8 different countries. The different talks and posters will be part of conference proceedings which will be published in early 2018.