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CALL. 15.06.2020: 1st International Conference on the Archaeology of Symbols - Firenze (Italy)


The archaeological process of reconstructing and understanding our past has undergone several reassessments in the last century and latest years, producing a similar amount of new perspectives and approaches. The recent material turn emphasizes the necessity to ground those achievements in order to build fresh avenues and reach new boundaries in the study of the human kind and its ecology. If materiality is a key element in the development of the archaeological and anthropological discourse, symbols are the intrinsic value that lead to interpretation, infused in their physical body as well as a result of the minds and gestures that created it in a specific context and with a specific chaîne opératoire. Symbol, therefore, must not be conceived only as allegory but also, and perhaps mainly, as reason (raison d’être) and meaning (culture). For these motivations, symbol must be considered as a paramount aspect in the archaeological investigation, which requires its own dedicated space for a collective analysis and discussion, hence the ICAS conference.



LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: ex-Church of San Jacopo in Campo Corbolin (Firenze, Italy)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Nicola Laneri (CAMNES – University of Catania), Guido Guarducci (CAMNES), Stefano Valentini (CAMNES)

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Papers must be in line with to the main theme of the Conference, focusing on symbolic aspects, archaeological theory and interpretation. The Scientific and Organizing committee will select abstracts according to these parameters and on the innovation of the proposal. Posters are not accepted. - To submit an abstract please fill out the on-line form below - Abstracts should not be longer than 300 words. - Abstract submission deadline: June 15, 2020 - Accepted abstracts will be notified by the end of July 2020 - Abstracts of accepted papers will be published on the website by the end of July 2020

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