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CALL FOR PAPERS
EAA 13th Annual Meeting, 18th-23rd September 2007 Zadar, Croatia
Session: Finding Nothing: Archaeological "Hiatus"
In archaeological excavation reports, and their interpretations, we
often read of a discontinuity or "hiatus" in the human occupation of a site.
The site in question is usually a settlement or city, but may also be a
cemetery, cave, etc... This session invites papers that explore the
a) the various types of "hiatus" one might find at a site: complete
devastation and "salting of the earth," relocation of population on a
temporary or permanent basis, relocation to another area of the site, etc.;
b) the various types of archaeological determinations that must be made
to arrive at a diagnosis of "Silencio Arqueologico" or true cultural
hiatus; how archaeologists deal with the issue of arguing ex silencio;
c) how such an hiatus is to be dated and with what degree of certainty;
d) climate, geography, biology, demography, technology, politics,
economy, war, and other factors that might account for certain instances
of archaeological "hiatus";
e) theoretical issues that arise in the contemplation of the
concept of "hiatus"; distinguishing "archaeological hiatus"
from "cultural hiatus"; the modern insinuation of the anticipatory
connotations of the term; and the various forms in which "hiatus" can
best be represented and communicated.
For the purposes of this session, normal abandonment of a site in the
course of transhumance or nomadism will not be considered "hiatus."
Please address abstracts of no longer than 500 words to: Philippe Della
Casa < [log in to unmask]> by *June 15, 2007*
Session Organisers : Philippe Della Casa (Uni Zürich),
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Constanze Witt (Univ. Texas/Austin), [log in to unmask]
Thematic Block : Archaeology and Material Culture
For further information please visit the conference website :
Questions? please contact Philippe Della Casa or contact Constanze Witt
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You see that we are not only looking for the Mesolithic & "hiatus
theory" but welcome those nonetheless ;-)