Saturday 25 April 2015
Royal Society of Edinburgh, 22-28 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PQ
Open to all. Free and unticketed.
11.00am Lecture: Archaeological Resilience
Professor Ian Baxter, University Campus Suffolk
Resilience is a recurring theme in the archaeology of past communities – their ability to adapt and survive. But how resilient is archaeology itself? Are the demands of the profession met by its structures, its training systems and its legislation? And how resilient is archaeology given current challenges such as the economy, climate change, warfare, and illegal trafficking?
2pm Panel Discussion: Archaeology and Genetics
Professor Mary Bownes, University of Edinburgh, chairs an international panel, including Professor Keith Dobney, University of Aberdeen, Dr Greger Larson, University of Oxford, Dr Eva-Maria Geigl, CNRS University Paris 7, and Professor Ian Barnes, Natural History Museum.
Genetics is providing new areas of research for archaeology. But how should we engage with both the process and the resultant data? Do the traditional archaeological approaches to individuals and groups, mobility and adaptation, and above all, identity, readily combine with genetics? Are current archaeological field techniques, skills and infrastructure fit for purpose? How should archaeology constructively interact with this brave new world?
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