A colleague has sent me the attached. As I found quite a lot of material on
medieval ritual use of caves when trawling through old lists, I thought
some list members might be interested.
>Date: Mon, 14 Jun 1999 16:48:28 +0100
>From: Lucy gibbons <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: TAG 99, Cave archaeology Session.
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>To: Madeleine Gray <[log in to unmask]>
>Hello! I have put a little note above the abstract to explain a bit more
>about what I am hoping for...Thanks...
>I am organising a session on cave archaeology at TAG 99- the session
>abstract is pasted in below but as a general outline papers are invited on
>all aspects of human use of caves throughout human history- from medieval
>and industrial sites to the palaeolithic. Anyone interested should contact
>me asap. The deadline for abstracts is the 30th June.......
>New Light on Dark Spaces: Approaches to the Archaeology of Caves.
>TAG 99 session (14th-16th December, Cardiff)
>As shelters, depots, landmarks and tombs, caves have been focal points for
>human ritual and subsistence activities. As geological structures, caves
>preserve a record of past faunas and environments, as well as documenting
>the geomorphological history of karst landscapes and littoral zones.
>Archaeologists, geologists, and amateurs have been interested in the
>contents of caves for a variety of reasons, and cave archaeology is itself
>a discipline with a long history.
>The scope of the session is intended to cover a broad range of theoretical
>and methodological issues relevant to cave archaeology. Papers are
>therefore welcome from all disciplines pertinent to the interpretation of
>archaeology in caves. However, themes for the session have been identified
>as guidance for contributors:
>Firstly, the session will explore ways in which caves have been integrated
>into the subsistence activities and symbolic systems of human societies.
>Caves have been places of habitation, burial, and/or ritual significance
>throughout human existence. As such, archaeological evidence from caves
>provides a glimpse of past societies' cultural understanding of natural
>places in the landscape.
>In addition, the session aims to address the ways in which methodological
>approaches and scientific techniques facilitate and often constrain
>theoretical ideas about the role of caves in human societies. As
>landmarks, shelters and sediment traps, with relatively stable
>microclimates, caves provide ideal contexts for the preservation of
>artefacts, human burials and palaeontological remains. Yet the complexity
>of deposition processes and often haphazard excavation histories are
>frequently limiting factors in studies of cave use. The session welcomes
>new research into site formation processes and cave site taphonomy that
>will shed light on archaeological problems.
>Please send titles and abstracts by June 30th to:
>SCARAB Research Centre. University of Wales College, Newport, Caerleon
>Campus, Caerleon. Newport, NP18 3YG.
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> TAG 99 Organising Committee HISAR
>PO Box 909
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>SCARAB Research Centre
>University of Wales College, Newport
>01633 430088 ext 3142