Session: #279

Theme & Session Format

Interpreting the archaeological record: artefacts, humans and landscapes
Session format:
Regular session

Title & Content

Quantifying Stone Age Mobility: Scales and Parameters [PaM]
Hunter-gatherer populations are usually presented as opposed to Neolithic communities through the highly mobile way of life contrasting to sedentary system of occupation. Meanwhile, numerous case studies have shown that the ‘mobile cliche’ of hunters, gatherers and fishers is often far from ethnographic and archaeological reality. The same applies to an idealized picture of early farmers settled particular places for a long time. This session explores quantitative approaches to mobility from the Paleolithic to the Neolithic at different spatio-temporal scales.

We encourage archaeological and ethno-archaeological contributions dealing with modelling and quantitative approaches to various aspects of Stone Age mobility. The session will explore the following questions:

• what parameters can be used to describe different factors of movement?
• what is the correlation between parameters describing environmental diversity, demography and the values describing spatial movement?
• can we unify the definitions for different spatio-temporal scales?
• what factors can be indicated as those responsible for different dynamics of mobility?
• when and why the outcomes of studies conducted at different spatio-temporal scales contradict each other in terms of reconstruction of mobility?

Approaches to the not listed, but related issues are also highly welcome!
mobility, modelling, quantitative approaches, spatio-temporal scales, hunter-gatherers, early farmers
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Main organiser:
Iwona Sobkowiak-Tabaka (Poland) 1
Aleksandr Diachenko (Ukraine) 2
Andrzej Wiśniewski (Poland) 3
1. Institute of Archeology and Ethnology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Centre for Prehistoric and Medieval Studies, Poznań, Poland
2. Institute of Archaeology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine
3. Institute of Archaeology, University of Wrocław, Poland