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iNEAL (CA19141) and its Working Group 2 Cultural data organized a Training School entitled Qualitative and Quantitative Methods for the study of Middle Palaeolithic material culture.

CA19141 iNEAL Training School Qualitative and Quantitative Methods for the Study of Middle Palaeolithic Material Culture

8-9 July 2021 (online)

COST Action Integrating Neandertal Legacy: From Past to Present – iNEAL (CA19141) and its Working Group 2 Cultural data organized a Training School entitled Qualitative and Quantitative Methods for the study of Middle Palaeolithic material culture, from July 8th to 9th 2021, via ZOOM platform, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Organisers:

  1. Emanuela Cristiani, Università degli Studi “La Sapienza” di Roma (Italy)
  2. Francesca Romagnoli, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain)
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Trainers:

  1. Emanuela Cristiani, Università degli Studi “La Sapienza” di Roma, DANTE-Diet and Ancient Technology Lab (Italy)
  2. Francesca Romagnoli, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain)
  3. Andrea Zupancich, Università degli Studi “La Sapienza” di Roma, DANTE-Diet and Ancient Technology Lab (Italy)
  4. Davide Delpiano, University of Ferrara, Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici (Italy)
  5. Ana Belen Marin Arroyo, Universidad de Cantabria, Grupo I+D+i EVOADAPTA (Spain)

There were 20 applicants and all of them were approved for attending the Training School. Students, Early Career Investigators (ECI)[1] and researchers from Inclusiveness Target Countries (ITC)[2] were especially encouraged to apply. As one of successful applicants gave up, the Training School attended 19 trainees.

[1] ECI: An individual who is within a time span of up to 8 years from the date they obtained their PhD (full-time equivalent)

[2] ITC countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, the North Republic of Macedonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey

Trainees’ experiences

During the Training School, the new approaches to the study of material culture were presented. I liked that the lecturers highlighted the potential of these methods in reconstructing past choices and behaviours when applied to answering bigger archaeological questions. That was clearly shown in the different case studies presented.

Emanuela and Francesca were able to create a safe environment where we all felt free to ask questions and express our opinion.

Even though the School would have benefited from direct contact with experimental materials and equipment, the discussions at the end of each topic were full of relevant insights.

I would have probably started the meeting with a general introduction to know participants’ backgrounds and interests. That would have helped in orienting the different presentations and following discussions towards participants’ needs and desires. However, my opinion of this Training School is absolutely positive.

I look forward to the next Training School, hopefully in person!

Alessandro Aleo

PhD Researcher – Ancient Adhesives: A Window on Prehistoric Technological Complexity

Department Materials Science and Engineering

TU Delft, The Netherlands

Attending CA19141 iNEAL WG2 Training School entitled Qualitative and Quantitative Methods for the Study of Middle Palaeolithic Material Culture happened at an important moment in my scientific career when I want to take the next step – start the Ph.D. The training school showed me many paths in which I can develop my further studies and projects and a whole range of possibilities of extracting information from artefacts. Most importantly, I became more aware of my blind spot in understanding Middle Palaeolithic material culture. These two days of lectures inspire me to look for more information about different approaches to lithic studies, e.g., technology 3D and to other materials from which tools can be made like shells with which I have not encountered yet. In summary, this training provided a lot of knowledge and inspiration and for that, I want to say thank you to the organizers and the whole team for this great opportunity.

Martyna Lech

Poland

Structure of the trainees


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Program of the Training School