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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

Joint Research Day: Institute of Advanced Study, Prehistoric Society and Department of Archaeology

27th February 2010, 10:00 to 18:00, Department of Archaeology

One of the long-term global issues of continuing significance to the human sciences is the origins of agriculture some 12,000 - 5,000 years ago. One of the key debates here concerns the impact on farming of setting down into permanent communities consisting of family-sized 'homes'. The idea of a 'home' is very basic to us and it may be hard to imagine that, in less settled communities, 'homes' took very different forms, both physically and conceptually. We believe that there is an urgent need to re-examine the notion of 'home' and what it meant to communities at the transition to farming. This research day builds on work explored under the 'home' sub-theme of the Institute's Being Human theme in 2008-09.

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