BEAN Closing Conference
The BEAN ITN will hold its closing conference in Antalya, Turkey on 14-15 January 2016. This meeting, which is open to the public, will feature presentations from all BEAN researchers summarizing and contextualizing their BEAN research, as well as keynote presentations from Mehmet Özdogan, Kostas Kotsakis, and Jean-Paul DeMoule. The conference programme can be found here.
BEAN Research Published in the Journal of World Prehistory
BEAN researchers Barbara Horejs and Bogdana Milić, together with their colleagues, have published an open-access article in the Journal of World Prehistory on the Neolithisation of the eastern Aegean region, as seen from the focal site of Çukuriçi Höyük. The article focuses on the potential impact of east Mediterranean and Aegean maritime networks on the spread of the Neolithic lifestyle to western Anatolia. The article's accompanying photo of an obsidian cache was selected as the cover image for the December issue of the journal.
BEAN research posted to BioRxiv
A preview of a forthcoming article by the BEAN consortium has been posted to the BioRxiv preprint server. Early farmers from across Europe directly descended from Neolithic Aegeans, by Zuzana Hofmanová and Susanne Kreutzer et al., demonstrates a direct genetic link between Mediterranean and Central European early farmers and those of Greece and Anatolia, extending the European Neolithic migratory chain all the way back to southwestern Asia.
BEAN Workshop "Simulating the Neolithic"
The 2015 BEAN workshop "Simulating the Neolithic", hosted by the UCL Institute of Archaeology and Department of Genetics, Evolution, and the Environment brought together speakers from population genetics, computational biology, demography, and archaeology to discuss recent advances and results in modelling phenomena related to the origin and spread of the Neolithic.
BEAN research on tour
BEAN researchers have been active in presenting their research over the summer/fall 2014 conference season:
Bogdana Milic presented a case study from lithic assemblages of Neolithic Çukuriçi Höyük at the 20th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA)in Istanbul.
Andrea Zanotti presented "Simulating the past to understand human history" at the Social Simulation conference in Barcelona.
Zuzana Fajkosova presented her work developing a bionformatic pipeline for aDNA the 6th International Symposium on Biomolecular Archeology (ISBA 6) in Basel, Switzerland.