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Archaeology and Rock Art - 25 years SIARB:

IFRAO Congress to be held in La Paz, Bolivia, from 25-29 June 2012. For details see RAR 28(2), pp. 280-284. The event will comprise the following sessions:

1 - Dating and chemical analysis of rock art (Marvin Rowe and Alice Tratebas).

2 - Scientific study of rock art (Robert Bednarik and Dánae Fiore).

3 - Aesthetics and rock art (Thomas Heyd, John Clegg and Chris Chippindale).

4 - Management and conservation of rock art sites (Valerie Magar and Freddy Taboada).

5 - Rock art and indigenous communities (Pilar Lima and Patricia Ayala).

6 - Archaeological context of North American and Mesoamerican rock art sites (Evelyn Billo and William Breen Murray).

7 - Rock art and archaeological cultures in present-day Central America: a link between Mesoamerica and Andean region (Martin Künne and Lucrecia de Batres).

8 - Rock art, archaeology and the Caribbean (Michele Hayward, Racso Fernández and Franz Scaramelli)

9 - Archaeology and rock art of the Amazon basin (South American lowlands) (Edithe Pereira and Kay Scaramelli).

10 - Archaeology and rock art in the Andean Formative period (Peter Kaulicke).

11 - Inca rock art: evaluations and possibilities (José Berenguer, Andrés Troncoso and Rainer Hostnig).

12 - Archaeology and rock art of the Titicaca lake basin (Mark Aldenderfer, John Janusek and Matthias Strecker).

13 - Archaeological research and rock art in Bolivia (Claudia Rivera and Sonia Alconini).

14 - Archaeology and rock art in desert regions (Marcela Sepúlveda, Carlos Aschero and Jean-Loïc Le Quellec).

15 - Round table: rock art and the tentative list of World Heritage sites in Latin America and the Antilles (Nuria Sanz and Mercedes Podestá)

For current details and registration see http://www.siarbcongress.org/

ARARA-IFRAO Congress 2013:

The 2013 IFRAO Congress will be held at Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.A., from 26-31 May 2013. The event will be taking place at Marriott Pyramid North. For current details see http://www.arara.org/2013_ifrao_conference.html

First International Rock Art and Ethnography Conference: to be held in the first week of July 2014 in Cochabamba, Bolivia, organised by the Asociación de Estudios del Arte Rupestre de Cochabamba (AEARC). For preliminary details see nex page, p. 136.

Fourth AURA Congress: to be held in Australia in 2016. Proposals are invited concerning all principal aspects of the event, such as site, venue and fieldtrip opportunities.

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This major paper addresses the development of the human species during a relatively short period in its evolutionary history, the last forty millennia of the Pleistocene. The hitherto dominant hypotheses of 'modern' human origins, the replacement and various other 'out of Africa' models, have recently been refuted by the findings of several disciplines, and by a more comprehensive review of the archaeological evidence. The complexity of the subject is reconsidered in the light of several relevant frames of reference, such as those provided by niche construction and gene-culture co-evolutionary theories, and particularly by the domestication hypothesis. The current cultural, genetic and paleoanthropological evidence is reviewed, as well as other germane factors, such as the role of neurodegenerative pathologies, the neotenisation of humans in their most recent evolutionary history, and the question of cultural selectionbased self-domestication. …

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