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Mesolithic Sessions at Liverpool TAG

posted 23 May 2012, 06:28 by Pat Hadley   [ updated 23 May 2012, 06:40 ]
This year's UK Theoretical Archaeology Group Conference (TAG) will be held in Liverpool on 17-19 December 2012. More information about the conference is available on the official TAG Liverpool site.

Raymond Nilson (University of Manchester) is the first to go public with a Mesolithic session. His abstract and submission guidelines are below:

Session Abstract:

Trapping in Hunter-Gatherer Prehistoric Europe

The prehistoric European world of hunter-gatherer-fishers has been inundated with theoretical discourses that place hunting activities at the forefront of hunter-gatherer subsistence strategies. Such theories draw on conspicuous lithic scatters and faunal assemblages unearthed from prehistoric hunter-gatherer sites. Here, functional attributes of these lithic collections are consistently linked to prehistoric hunting practices. However, by a reassessment of the term hunting, it may be revealed that this is an overarching definition of the numerous strategies that were developed by hunter-fishers in acquiring animals for food and material resources. By considering trapping as a distinct facet of hunting, this session seeks to explore the importance of ephemeral materials and land/water utilisation strategies that may have been associated with the acquisition of aquatic and terrestrial fauna. It is also suggested that the strategies involved in trapping provides numerous, social implications for the relationships engaged in between hunter-gatherers and animals in prehistoric Europe.

This session welcomes papers which consider the following issues: modern western perceptions of hunting; critiques on the dominance of hunting practices in European prehistoric hunter-gatherer literature; the methods and social principals associated with hunting practices as opposed to trapping practices; analytical discussions on the possible ephemeral evidence for the trapping of animals; the distinction between hunting practices and trapping practices and where both strategies may be seen to overlap; strategies of pursuit as opposed to strategies of patience; future directions of research that seek to promote alternative strategies of hunter-gatherer subsistence schemes.

To those who may be interested,

As most of us have probably heard by now, the organisers of this years TAG 2012 conference at Liverpool have unusually requested that a list of proposed speakers be submitted along with the session abstract submissions before the 30th June 2012. Therefore, please reply to the below e-mail if you would be interested in giving a paper at TAG for the above proposed session. It is also proposed that the proceedings of the session may be collated after the conference with a scope for possible publication in a single volume. Finally, I am looking for two additional people to assist in the running of the session at the TAG conference. If you are interested in any of the above please reply to by the 20th June 2012.

All the best,

Ray Nilson