SimulPast - workshop

  • Future Directions Workshop

    SimulPast progress workshop on future directions for this project.  This internal workshop was held on the 11th of March, 2015, at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, in Barcelona (Spain). These are the slides the representatives from the different groups in the SimulPast project used for their presentations.

  • S3ET conference 2014

    The ICREA International Conference on Small-Scale Societies and Environmental Transformations: Co-evolutionary Dynamics (S3ET) took place on 17th and 18th December 2014 at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona.

  • Simulating the Neolithic

    Simulating the Neolithic, a one-day workshop hosted by University College London on 19th February 2015, was dedicated to discussions of recent research on the emergence and spread of the Neolithic. 

  • Tracing cultivation workshop

    Tracing cultivation: Human manipulation and management of plants, a research workshop held on 7th April 2014 at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Ciutadella Campus, Barcelona, Spain.

  • WK-Empirical Challenge

  • WK-Empty Spaces

    Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) – Campus de la Ciutadella – Auditori Merce Rodoreda
    15-17 February 2017 Barcelona
    Flexibility, opportunism, and resilience: these are the factors driving human life in low-resource environments such as arid and semi-arid lands. Recent research in Old World’s drylands is progressively reverting traditional assumptions and paradigms, revealing unexpected scenarios for past human frequentations of African and Asian deserts. Doubtlessly, the end of the Middle Holocene climatic optimum posed new challenges to past societies, which reacted in a different way to a set of climatic disturbances occurred during the fourth and third millennia BC. The onset, and/or increase of arid conditions triggered a broad spectrum of responses, ranging from societal collapse to adaptation to the new settings. The archaeology of drylands has generally focused on main settlements with permanent or semi-permanent water resources, such as oasis or river systems. Yet, the ‘outside world’ set at the periphery been the place of often-neglected innovation and development. Mixed agro-pastoralism, rapid shifts in settlement pattern, expedient farming practiced by nomadic herders, and other less known strategies have likely played a crucial role in coping with erratic rainfalls and patchy resources. A previously unknown set of late prehistoric and historical vestigial remains in the form of tombs, settlements, forts, campsites, quarries, and rock art from the last five millennia is currently under the spotlight and testifies of the success of these strategies. Ranging from large-scale approaches, mainly using Earth Observation techniques, to micro-scale investigations focused on resources exploitation, different research projects are establishing new baselines for the comprehension of the cultural trajectories at the dawn of the current arid period. Due to their patchy and scarce vegetation, low urbanization, excellent visibility of archaeological remains, and often exceptional state of preservation, drylands are an ideal scenario for the application of non-destructive, non-invasive, and cost-effective investigations. In this symposium, we aim at gathering scholars actively engaged in research projects in hot and cold drylands that use a multi-proxy approach for the reconstruction of past-to-present human-environment interactions. 
    Confirmed invited speakers
    John Kinahan (Namib Desert Archaeological Survey)
    Cameron Petrie (University of Cambridge, UK)
    Remy Crassard (Laboratoire Archéorient, MOM - Lyon, FR)
    Saverio Kratli (International Commission on Nomadic Peoples)
    Andrea Zerboni (University of Milan, IT)
    Alfredo González-Ruibal  and Jorge DeTorres (INCIPIT-CSIC, Galicia, SP – and British Museum, UK)
    Michael Frachetti (Washington University in St. Louis)
    Gian Luca Bonora («L.N. Gumilev »Eurasian National University, Astana, KZ)
    Details of the workshop, including the programme, maps, and information on how to reach Barcelona and the workshop venue can be found on the workshop webpage that will be constantly updated.
    Call for Papers
    Abstract submission: 15th December 2016 
    Abstract Length: max 250 words 
    Notification of Acceptance: 20th December 2016
    To register and submit your abstract, please fill the online Registration Form
    ***No registration nor attendance fee required***
    UPF Campus de la Ciutadella – Auditori Mercè Rodoreda 
    Organizers and contacts
    Stefano Biagetti - stefano.biagetti(at) 
    Carla Lancelotti - carla.lancelotti(at)
    CaSEs research group – Univ. Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain
    Jorge Caro Saiz (CSIC), Debora Zurro (CSIC), Marco Madella (ICREA, UPF, CSIC)
    Management and administration: Marta Perellò (UPF)
  • WK-Encuentro Amazonas



    7-8 Junio 2016

    Residència D'Investigadors c/Hospital 64, Barcelona

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    La Amazonia (en portugués Amazônia) es una vasta región de la parte central y septentrional de América del Sur que comprende la selva tropical de la cuenca del Amazonas. Esta foresta es el bosque tropical más extenso del mundo, llegando a los 6 millones de kilómetros cuadrados repartidos entre nueve países: Brasil, Perú, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Venezuela, Guayana Francesa y Surinam. La Amazonia se destaca por ser una de las ecorregiones con mayor biodiversidad del planeta. El 11 de noviembre de 2011 la selva amazónica fue declarada como una de las siete maravillas naturales del mundo.

    El objetivo de este evento abierto al público es dar una visión histórica de la Amazonia desde las imágenes de la naturaleza americana desarrolladas a partir del siglo XVI hasta los restos de las actuales poblaciones indígenas, pasando por la evolución de la vegetación de esta floresta a lo largo de miles de años y las relaciones entre ésta y sus habitantes.



    • Umberto Lombardo (UPF)
    • Débora Zurro (IMF-CSIC)
    • Jorge Caro Saiz (IMF-CSIC)
    • Javier Ruiz-Pérez (UPF)
    • Marco Madella (UPF/IMF-CSIC)