Friday, March 14, 2008

Conference Neolithic Violence

On Friday the 14th and Saturday the 15th of March I attended the 'Neolithic Violence in a European Perspective' Conference in Oxford. Scholars from Britain, Denmark, Spain, Germany and some other European countries came together to talk about interpersonal violence in the Neolithic and whether we can talk about warfare in this time period. Although there is a lot of evidence that human beings were a violent lot from the beginnings of time, it is unlikely that a structured war happened in the Neolithic. However, the evindence from Talheim, Germany, where a whole hamlet was wiped out, is pretty convincing, that at least raiding and massacring was not that unusual. Essentually we can say that mankind didn't change a bit.

It's a pity I didn't had the time to explore more of Oxford, because it is a really beautiful town. Here a photo of the Oxford University Centre for the Environment where the conference took place:

And here some more 'touristy' pics, the Round Theatre at Oxford:

and cherry blossoms, yes it's this time of the year again :)

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