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Abstract of Conference - Scope and Aim

The 'World of Iron' conference emphasises the anthropological significance of the inception, adoption, expansion, and impact of prehistoric iron production outside Europe. Interdigitating regional and themed sessions, it will relate archaeological and archaeometallurgical studies to wider anthropological issues such as technological style; technological variation, change and development; technical and social adaptation; and the evolving influences of iron on society and the physical environment.

This five day event is the first attempt to synthesise the latest research being conducted on iron and steel around the world, and to stimulate future research of the highest level. It creates a globally comparative perspective, integrating insights gained from emerging analytical techniques, Anthropology of Technology, and environmental history, highlighting nuances often obscured by Eurocentric perspectives. By bringing together established scholars and young researchers from four key regions, Africa, East Asia, the Indian Subcontinent, Western and Central Asia, it stimulates an international exchange of ideas and experiences.

Peer-reviewed and edited 'World of Iron' proceedings will be published by Archetype, and will constitute an important step forward in the study of iron in its ancient cultural contexts.

Xander Veldhuijzen
Jane Humphris
Thilo Rehren

Conference Committee:
Louise Iles
Ellie Blakelock
Raul Carstocea

Scientific Committee:
Paul Craddock
Peter Crew
Philippe Dillmann
Randi Haaland
Gill Juleff
David Killick
Pierre Lemonnier
Bertram Mapunda
John Merkel
Bryan Pfaffenberger
Vincent Pigott
Han Rubin
Vincent Serneels
Sharada Srinivasan
Aslihan Yener
Don Wagner

WIC2009, supported by:
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Tata Steel Group

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The Wenner-Gren Foundation

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Rio Tinto

World of Iron Conference 2009 - 31-34 Gordon Square - London - WC1E 6BT - Telephone: +44 (0)20 7679 7510 :: Last modified 1 May, 2009 :: Copyright © 2008 - 2017 WIC2009 Xander Veldhuijzen & Jane Humphris