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Institute of Archaeology
31-34 Gordon Square
London WC1H 0PY (UK)

Ca’ Foscari University
Dip. di Scienze storico-archeologiche
Palazzo Bernardo, S. Polo 1977, Venezia 30125 (I)

A Short Walk through the Balkans:
the First Farmers of the Carpathian Basin and Adjacent Regions

20-22 June 2005

Institute of Archaeology, University College London


Day 1: Monday June 20

09.00-09.20 Coffee

09.20-09.30 Welcome

Session 1: Origin and development of the early farming cultures in the Central Balkans

09.30-10.00 John Nandris (Portstewart)
Adaptive Mediation; the Nature and Role of the First temperate European Neolithic

10.00-10.30 Sue Colledge (University College London)
The Neolithisation of the Balkans: an archaeobotanical viewpoint

10.30-11.00 Janusz Kozlowski (Krakow University)
The role of the Aegean Basin in the Neolithisation of the Balkans

11.00-11.30 Coffee

11.30-12.00 Clive Bonsall (Edinburgh University)
From Foraging to Farming in the Iron Gates

12.00-12.30 Dan Ciobotaru (Timis Archaeological Service)
Diffusion and Specificity. Early Neolithic Communities in the Lowlands of South-Western Romania.

12.30-13.30 Lunch

13.30-14.00 Florin Drasovean (Timisoara Museum)
The End of Early Neolithic in the South-West of Romania.

14.00-14.30 Sabin Luca (Sibiu University)
Migrations and local evolution in the Early Neolithic in Transylvania

14.30-15.00 Lolita Nikolova ( University of Utah, Salt Lake City)
Neolithization of the Balkans in the Context of the Anthropology of Everydayness

15.00-15.30 Tea

15.30-16.00 Nenad Tasic (Belgrade University, Serbia and Montenegro )
Echoes or Presence - The case of the Early Neolithic in the Central Balkans

16.00-16.30 Muzafer Korkuti (Institute of Archaeology, Tirana)
The Early Neolithic of Albania in a Balkan perspective

16.30-17.30 Discussion

18.00 Wine reception

Day 2: Tuesday June 21

09.00-09.30 Coffee

Session 2: Technology and material culture

09.30-10.00 Ivan Gatsov (Sofia University)
Neolithisation process between Anatolia and the Balkans: lithic perspective from the Marmara Sea region

10.00-10.30 Paolo Biagi, Bernard Gratuze, and Sophie Boucetta (Ca' Foscari University, Venice; CNRS, Orleans)
New data on the archaeological obsidian of Transylvania and Banat.

10.30-11.00 Michela Spataro (University College London)
Everyday ceramics and cult objects: a millennium of cultural transmission

11.00-11.30 Coffee

Session 3: Settlement pattern, cult, and beliefs of the first farmers

11.30-12.00 Johannes Müller ( Kiel University)
Aldenhoven-Okoliste-Dimini: settlement organisation and social perspectives of Neolithic societies

12.00-12.30 Kornelia Minichreiter (Zagreb Academy of Science )
The First Farmers of Northern Croatia.

12.30-13.30 Lunch

13.30-14.00 Vassil Nikolov (Sofia University )
Problems related to the first neolithisation stages in the southeastern Balkan Peninsula

14.00-14.30 Krum Bacvarov (Sofia University)
Jar burials as early settlement markers in southeast European Neolithic

14.30-15.00 Alasdair Whittle (Cardiff University)
Plain perspectives: recent research on the Körös culture site of Ecsegfalva 23

15.00-15.30 Tea

15.30-16.00 Douglass Bailey (Cardiff University )
The unstable and unattractive Neolithic: archaeology of the margins and the ephemeral

16.00-16.30 Gheorghe and Magda Lazarovici (Resita University and Iasi Institute of Archaeology)
The stages of the neolithisation process in south central Europe

16.30-17.30 Discussion

Day 3: Wednesday June 22

09.00-09.30 Coffee

Session 4: Adjacent/peripheral regions

09.30-10.00 John Chapman (Durham University)
The local context of exoticity amongst early farming communities in South East and Central Europe

10.00-10.30 Eszter Bánffy, Imola Juhász, and Pál Sümegi (Archaeological Institute, Budapest)
A prelude to the Neolithic in the Balaton region - new results to an old problem

10.30-11.00 Jean Guilaine and Eric Crubézy ( Collège de France, Paris; Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse)
Human Ecology of the Neolithisation in Central Europe

11.00-11.30 Coffee

11.30-12.00 Stephen Shennan (University College London)

12.00-13.00 Final discussion

13.00-14.00 Lunch


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