Conference program

The international conference will be a three day event, held at the CaixaForum, Carrer Cristòfor Colum 2, 43001 Tarragona, on the 3rd-5th February, 2016 . Map:,1.2467741,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x12a3fd2a46849005:0x5b3e57c4ce88e48e?hl=en

The conference hall and registration can be found upstairs in the Caixa Forum.

More information about la CaixaForum can be found at:

The conference will be hosted by the Institut de Paleoecologia Humana i Evolució Social (IPHES).The conference program will include two full days of oral presentations, a poster session and two round table discussions. An archaeological excursion will be arranged for day 3. Participants will visit a number of archaeological sites in both inland and coastal areas which exemplify the main topics discussed in the conference. The excursion is included in the conference fee.

Presentation time: Oral presentations should be 15 minutes, allowing 5 minutes for questions at the end. The presentations can either be given in Spanish or English. We have managed to secure a translation service.

Poster size: Any size. Posters will be displayed in a room next to the main conference room. This room will be occupied during the morning so presenters are asked to hang there posters during the lunch break. We will provide tape.

Publication: After the conference presenters will be invited to publish their papers in a peer reviewed special edition of Quaternary Science Reviews.

* Oral presentations will also be recorded for dissemination. For all authors who agree to this please could you send us a PDF copy of your powerpoint presentations to: (I will contact authors after the conference)

The Conference Itinerary is provided in the link below:

MEDINES 2016 Program

Confirmed invited key note speakers:

 Prof. Graeme Barker -Senior research fellow and former Disney professor of Archaeology at the Mc Donald Institute, Cambridge University. His main resarch interests focus on human environmental interactions and anthropogenic impacts on landscape over time, covering all major periods from early pre-history to the historic period.

Presentation Title: ´´Climatic change and Neolithicisation in the Mediterranean´´

Prof. Michael Barton is the director of the Centre for Social Dynamics and Complexity and Professor of the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at the Arizona State University. His interests are centered on long-term human ecology and landscape dynamics where he currently has on-going projects in the Mediterranean. This research focusses on regional survey, land use modelling and computational Agent Based Modelling to study the long-term interactions of humans and landscapes in the Mediterranean.

Presentation Title: Risk and resilience in the late glacial: a case study from the the western Mediterranean

Dr. Eleni Asouti is a senior lecturer in Environmental archaeology at the University of Liverpool. Her area of interest includes the impact of climate change and the instability of decision making, and resilience of early agricultural societies (including the ecology of the earliest agriculture). She has been associated with the council for British Research in the Levant from 2009-2013.

Presentation Title: The palaeoecology of low-level food production in early Holocene Southwest Asia

Dr. Jean François Berger -is a CNRS senior scientist at the Institute of Geographic Research at the University of Lyon 2. His research focuses on Early Holocene Socio-ecological responses to climatic instability within the Mediterranean Basin.

Presentation Title: ´´Early Holocene Socio-ecological responses to climatic instability within the Mediterranean Basin, examples from Southern France and NW Greece (Corfou)´´

Confirmed Round Table Invited Speakers:

Prof. Antoni Rosell – ICREA staff member based at department of Experimental Sciences & Mathematics at the autonomous University of Barcelona. His interests include climate change, paleoceanography, paleoclimatology, environmental chemistry, marine chemistry, biomarkers, biogeochemistry, organic pollution.

Dr. Isabel Cacho– Associate Professor based at the Department of Stratigraphy, Palaeontology and Marine Geosciences, University of Barcelona, and ICREA Academia Researcher. Her research interests include the application of different geochemical techniques for the study of palaeoclimate dynamics and climate variability using Mediterranean deep sea marine records.

Prof. Michael Barton– (also invited guest speaker-see above)

Prof. Graeme Barker– (also invited guest speaker-see above)

Dr. Chris Hunt: Palaeoecologist based at the John Moores University in Liverpool. His research interest focuses on human-environmental interactions, human transitions, and later hominid dispersals. He has been involved in a number of major research projects in Borneo, Jordan, Italy, Libya and more recently he is part of the ERC awarded FRAGSUS project in Malta.

Prof. Catherine Perlès: Emeritus professor at the University of Paris. Her research interests focuses on the Palaeolithic-Neolithic in Greece

Prof. Emili Aura Professor of Prehistory at the Department of Prehistory and Archaeology at the University of Valencia. His research interest focuses on the Upper Palaeolithic and Mesolithic archaeology, particularly the study of exploitation patterns of marine resources, intensification processes and hunter-gatherer coastal adaptations.






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