Session: #505

Theme & Session Format

1. Widening horizons through human-environment interconnections
Session format:
Regular session

Title & Content

On the Move: Interdisciplinary Approaches in Studying Human Mobility
Mobility and movement are central to human evolution. Human history has been marked by mobility and migration events, from early humans to the modern migration crisis. The nature of this mobility ranges from micro-mobilities, mobilities of everyday life, to seasonal mobilities, such as in transhumance, and occasional large-scale movements. The broad social, economic and political underpinnings of mobility are diverse and not always known. However, human mobility has always had a great influence on the spreading of cultural, social and technological ideas. Consequently, within archaeology this has typically be studied using artefactual evidence and material culture.

Bones and teeth present a multifaceted array of data from which mobility can be reconstructed. The dynamic nature of bone means that is provides a record of life conditions, health and lifestyle. This can be studied on a range of different scales, from the individual, to the community and regional levels. Human remains, therefore, provide a great tool to understand human experience and the impact of transitions such as mobility.

This session aims to discuss methodological advances in the study of human mobility, particular its interplay with the human body. This session welcomes papers that focus on but are not limited to biomechanical, biogeochemical and biomolecular studies (e.g., functional morphology, stable isotopes and ancient DNA). We also welcome papers that integrates bioarchaeological data with other methodological approaches, including but not limited to computational and climatic modelling, material culture, textual, and social anthropology studies.
Mobility, Migration, Bioarchaeology, Interdisciplinary, Transhumance
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Main organiser:
Christianne Fernée (United Kingdom) 1
Konstantinos Trimmis (United Kingdom) 1
Ivan Drnić (Croatia) 2
1. University of Bristol
2. Archaeological Museum in Zagreb