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.