Proposals/abstracts for 20 minute presentations are invited for the following TAG session, jointly organized by Hannah Cobb and Steven Price (University of Manchester). Please e-mail enquiries/abstracts before September 1st (official deadline) to: Hannah Cobb: [log in to unmask] This session is currently planned as a half-session with another, dealing with similar themes in the Palaeolithic (‘Hunter-Gatherers in Early Prehistory’), after which it is hoped there will be a joint discussion covering both sessions. For more information about this session, please e- mail: Fiona Coward: [log in to unmask] or Lucy Grimshaw: [log in to unmask] TAG 2004, Glasgow Friday 17th December – Sunday 19th December: http://www.gla.ac.uk/departments/archaeology/tag/index.html Hunting for Meaning: Interpretive Approaches to the Mesolithic “Archaeologists have traditionally placed hunter-gatherers at the bottom of the social evolutionary heap. Some have given the impression that the most interesting thing about hunter-gatherers is that they finally gave up and started farming” (Rowley-Conwy 1997, 7). It is only half a decade since Rowley-Conwy made this statement and yet in that time the picture has changed considerably and studies of the Mesolithic are now taking on a much greater interpretive theoretical stance. As a result the notion of an increasing social and ideological sophistication in the Neolithic contrasted to the paucity of such complexity and elaboration in the preceding Mesolithic is rapidly beginning to be eroded. Where only recently it was thought that the nature of the material record in the Mesolithic sentenced it to purely functional and economic approaches, explicitly interpretive approaches have begun to convincingly demonstrate how material culture played a central role in the creation of meaningful Mesolithic world views. Although in their infancy, these interpretive approaches to the Mesolithic have developed their own clear identity. They have not simply adapted Neolithic approaches to the study of hunter-gatherers but have sought to explore Mesolithic world views in their own right. This session hopes to bring together the growing body of such approaches toward the Mesolithic that explicitly take this stance. It will explore the new methodologies and theoretical stances that demonstrate how hunter-gatherer worldviews were actively and meaningfully created, in order to demonstrate the multitude of new directions that these offer Mesolithic studies.