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Symposium/CfP - People of the Great Stones, 18-22 March 2018, USA

Publish Date: Apr 20, 2017

Deadline: May 31, 2017

Event Dates: from Mar 18, 2018 06:32 to Mar 22, 2018 10:32


From the Middle East to the Atlantic Seaboard, the story of the First Farmers includes the oldest monumental buildings on earth. Ruins and artifacts from around the world are helping us understand changes that happened in very ancient times; changes that launched western civilization.   

On the Mediterranean islands of Malta and Gozo, the legacy of an advanced prehistoric culture survives in monumental architectural and artistic achievement that offers us the most complete window on this pivotal era.  

​The study of Archaeology has come to include other sciences to better understand how we came to be who we are today, and gain perspective on how we can be better.

By bringing experts and researchers together in international multi-disciplinary focus,
The OTS Foundation is helping to forge new frontiers! 


The PEOPLE of the GREAT STONES SYMPOSIUM welcomes contributions from researchers, scholars and technologists working across diverse disciplines, sites and practices.  Submissions will be expected to reference the topic of the materiality of stone and address the traditions of Indigenous cultures from an anthropological perspective.  Typical presentation time for accepted papers is 25 minutes.  At least one author must attend to present and for inclusion in the conference publication.  Our program will include selected individual papers as well as an anticipated satellite program of events.  Sessions will bring together scholars and practitioners representing different cultural perspectives.  Presentations and subsequent publication will be in English. 

250-300 word abstracts of presentations should be submitted in English, in either Text, Word or PDF formats.   Please include author's background, and any academic or institution affiliation.  Deadline for submission is 31 May 2017, and may be extended with a second call for papers at the discretion of the committee.  
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Considering non-industrial cultures from both (either) Old or New World perspectives, we'll be looking for new perspectives on:

(to include personal adornment and body modification) 
as expressions of emotions and beliefs
Cosmology, burial and marriage custom, 
rites of passage, rituals & ceremony
Class distinctions, task specialization, 
cohesion and motivation, psychology
Survival strategies, resource management, 
​defense and contested territory, preservation of history & traditions
indications for intention -includes Archaeoastronomy and interpretation of cosmological events, special sound behavior

Presentation Scientific Review Committee

  • Michael Buonanno: Anthropologist,  Department of Language and Literature, State College of Florida
  • Fernando Coimbra: Archaeologist, rock art specialist, Centre for Geosciences from the University of Coimbra, Portugal
  • Dragos Gheorghiu: Professor of Cultural Anthropology, expert in Late Prehistory and experimental archaeology, Doctoral School, University of Arts in Bucharest, Romania​
  • Jeffery Grieneisen: Department of Language and Literature, State College of Florida
  • Ian Hodder: Professor of Anthropology, Stanford University, Director of Çatalhöyük Research Project and Excavations, Turkey 
  • Katya Stroud: Archaeologist, Senior Curator of Prehistoric Sites, Heritage Malta  
  • Robin Wright: Department of Religion, Affiliate Faculty, Department of Anthropology, Affiliate Faculty, Center for Latin American Studies, Coordinator, American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program, University of Florida​​​


Katya Stroud
Archaeologist, Senior Curator of Prehistoric Sites, Heritage Malta ~
"My main area of interest is the way the interpretation of archaeological sites and monuments (namely the Maltese temples) has changed over time depending on the social, political and historical background of the time. I will present a paper showing how interpretations change depending on the realities of the people making the interpretation rather than the societies being studied; a background to how monumental sites (in Europe) have been interpreted in the past and how this needs to change to gain a better understanding of Neolithic societies.  The conference will be aiding such a change."

​​Dragos Gheorghiu
Professor of Cultural Anthropology, expert in Late Prehistory and experimental archaeology, Doctoral School, University of Arts in Bucharest, Romania​ ~

An introduction to Gobekli Tepe: the world’s oldest monument:
Ten thousand years old, this is the extraordinary discovery that turned the world of Archaeology on its head, and redefined the timeline of human development. 
A toposemiotic approach to the iconography of the site will feature an acoustic discourse by Mircea Florian and an IT application by Livia Stefan.

Fernando Coimbra
Archaeologist, rock art specialist, Centre for Geosciences from the University of Coimbra, Portugal ~

Presenting an exercise in Experimental Archaeology: 
Furthering research in Archaeoacoustics, this investigation includes replicas of Neolithic clay drums played in a cave used as a Neolithic burial site and comparatively in the open air near rock art panels of the same chronology.

People of the Great Stone Symposium

​Advance Registration:  US$ 350
cheerfully and promptly refunded in full on receipt of cancellation in writing by 01 JAN 2018

Opening Reception 18 March, all conference presentation sessions
appropriate coffee breaks, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
​Special Equinox Event with chartered transport, 
​badge and preparatory materials.

For more information and registration please click "Further Official Information" below.

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