MEDINES 2016 Conference

The Catalan Institute for Human Palaeoecology and Social Evolution (IPHES) is glad to announce the organisation of the International Conference ´´Late Glacial to Early Holocene Socio-ecological responses to climatic instability within the Mediterranean Basin (MEDINES)´´ to be held in the Caixa Forum, in Tarragona, on the 3-5 th February 2016.

This International Congress aims to establish a new reference framework to investigate human environmental interactions in the Mediterranean basin from the Late Upper Palaeolithic to the Neolithic (c. 17,000-6,000 cal BP). This unstable scenario witnessed some of the most significant changes in human prehistory such as the vanishment of the Upper Palaeolithic cultural traditions, the disappearance of hunter-gatherer lifestyles and the spread of farming.

This meeting will bring together scientists across different disciplines to produce up-to date integrated studies about past human-environmental interactions in the Mediterranean basin. The conference aims to unite archaeology with environmental science (geochemistry, palaeoecology, palaeobotany, paleontology etc…). The papers presented will analyse local and regional environmental responses to climate deterioration, its effects on population dynamics and the vulnerability and resilience of past cultural systems. Specific research topics covered within this congress would include the impact of sea level changes on coastal settlement areas, human responses to aridity and hydrological stress, resilience of the first agricultural systems to climate instability.

The MEDINES Conference is supported by:

  1. The University of Rovira I Virgili and Institut Catala de Paleoecologia Humana I Evolucio Social

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2. Marie Curie Inter-European Fellowship


3. Ramon y Cajal y el ministerio de Espana

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5. La Caixa

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