SOUTHERN DESERTS CONFERENCE 2018:
The Southern Deserts Conference is an interdisciplinary meeting that promotes a comparative perspective on the Quaternary evolution of desert landscapes and peoples from the southern Hemisphere (Oceania, Africa and South America). This endeavour is necessarily based on a fluid dialogue between Quaternary science, climate studies, scientific dating, environmental science, archaeology, rock art research and other social sciences. The 5th Southern Deserts Conference 3 (SD5) will be held in Western Australia’s Pilbara, a desert region famous for archaeological heritage of over 50,000 years of human occupation, and more recently a massive mining industry which has generated a plethora of heritage knowledge and recent research impacts.
The theme is Desertscapes: Adapting to Arid Landscapes. Developing new narratives of environmental change and human-environmental relationship within the great deserts of the southern hemisphere. While papers are closed we should welcome posters. Each session includes contributions from different disciplinary research perspectives from the natural and social sciences including: Quaternary science, climate studies, scientific dating, environmental science, geomorphology, archaeology, anthropology, rock art research and other disciplines; interdisciplinary contributions are especially welcomed. The conference runs for 4 days from August 7-10 2018, including a half day fieldtrip. Conference delegates are also invited to participate in a one-day heritage summit about the Murujuga/Burrup World Heritage Nomination on August 6.
More details and registration at: http://www.socialsciences.uwa.edu.au/home/arch/SD5#ui-accordion-1-header-1
22ND CONFERENCE OF THE SOUTHERN AFRICAN SOCIETY FOR QUATERNARY RESEARCH
A joint SASQUA-SHAPE meeting will take place from 28 January – 1 February 2019.
The venue is Mossel Bay and the keynote presentation as follows:
Prof Curtis W. Marean (Arizona State University and Nelson Mandela University): The Palaeo-Agulhas Plain – Unravelling its ecology teaches us how to do Palaeoscience
There will be an optional field trip to Pinnacle Point and the interesting Quaternary outcrops in the area.
More details to follow.