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International Meeting in France

Fyssen Meeting - crop 1

The Fyssen Foundation sponsored meeting, “From Colonisation to Globalisation: Species Movements in Human History”, took place in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France, on October 4-7.  Some twenty scholars from Australia, France, Switzerland, the UK, and the USA attended the meeting.  The meeting was interdisciplinary in scope, and included archaeologists, palaeontologists, geneticists, microbiologists, geographers and historians.  Dispersals on a regional and global scale were examined, time periods covered ranging from the earliest phases of human evolution right up to the contemporary world. The conference proceedings will be published by Cambridge University Press.

Conference participants (left to right): Michael Petraglia, Melinda Zeder, Bruce Smith, Genevieve Chertier, Robin Dennell, Terry Hunt, Margaret Lewis, Dorian Fuller, Monica Green, James Webb, Patrizia d’Ettore, Andrew Tatem, Geraldine Finlayson, Nick Drake, Clive Finlayson, Jon Erlandson, Marcus Hall, Greger Larson, Remy Crassard, Mark Achtman, Tim Denham, Nicole Boivin.

Rock art landscapes beside the Jubbah palaeolake, Saudi Arabia

Antiquity front page tn 12013 Jennings, R.P., Shipton. C., Al‑Omari, A., Alsharekh, A.M., Crassard, R., Groucutt, H., Petraglia, M.D., Rock art landscapes beside the Jubbah palaeolake, Saudi Arabia. Antiquity 87(337): 666–683

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First evidence of a Pre-Pottery Neolithic incursion into the Nefud Desert

plosTree tn 12013 Crassard, R., Petraglia, M.D., Parker, A.G., Parton, A., Roberts, R.G., Jacobs, Z., Alsharekh, A., Al-Omari, A., Breeze, P., Drake, N.A., Groucutt, H.S., Jennings, R., Shipton, C., Beyond the Levant: first evidence of a Pre-Pottery Neolithic incursion into the Nefud Desert, Saudi Arabia. PLoS ONE8(7): 68061. Link

Workshop held at University of York

University of York crop 1A joint workshop was held with Professor Geoff Bailey and his international team in the Department of Archaeology, University of York.

Professor Bailey heads the ERC-supported Disperse project, which is focusing on the coastal environments and archaeology of the Red Sea. Joint collaborations and initiatives were discussed with the Palaeodeserts team.

Albert Matter visits Research Laboratory

Professor Albert Matter, Dr Ash Parton, Dr Laine Clark-Balzan

Professor Albert Matter, Dr Ash Parton, Dr Laine Clark-Balzan

A meeting was held with Professor Albert Matter of the Institute of Geological Sciences at the University of Bern, Switzerland.

Professor Matter has undertaken pioneering research on the Quaternary environmental history of Arabia. Potential areas of mutual interest were discussed with Professor Matter and the Palaeodeserts team.