Under the High Patronage of Mr Emmanuel MACRON

 Président of the French Republic




You are welcome to participate in the 18th IUPPS world congress that will be held in  Paris, France,

from 4th to 9th June 2018

Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, 12 place du Panthéon,

Paris 5th district

The general theme selected for the congress is :



Additional themes will be developped by the various IUPPS commissions, which will propose one or several sessions (see complete sessions list on the right). 

The provisional paper sessions and the list of the accepted communications are now available.

The length of the communications is limited to 15-20 min, inclusive of questions.

Poster proposals should be presented in electronic form only and will be published on the website.

They can be the subject of a short presentation in the sessions, depending on the decision of the organisers.


The standard registration fee will be retained until 25th February  2018 to encourage you to attend the congress.


Contact :


If you need an invitation for your institution or a visa application, please e-mail specifying your institutional affiliation.

It's time to book one of the 7 post-congress excursions, on the website of
our partner, Arthena voyages.

(Link to the excursion page)

Pre-order the publication "Préhistoire et Protohistoire de la France: quarante ans de découvertes". (abstracts in English)



List of sessions :


I-1. Techniques, méthodes et théorie de l’archéologie/ Theory, methods, techniques of archaeology
I-2. Paléolithique inférieur et moyen/ Inferior & Middle Palaeolithic
I-3. Paléolithique supérieur, paléolithique final et Mésolithique/ Superior & Late Paléolithique, Mesolithic
I-4. Néolithique & Age des métaux/ Neolithic & metal ages
II-1. Chasseurs-cueilleurs et agriculteurs face aux changements climatiques : adaptation et Développement durable / Hunter-gatherers and farmers faced with climate change : adaptation and sustainability
II-2. The impact of Upper Pleistocene climatic and environmental change on hominid occupations and landscape use (130-10 ka)
II-3. Systèmes agropastoraux et dégradations climatiques. Analyse intégrée des données archéologiques et paléoenvironnementales/ Agropastoral and climate change. Crossed analysis of archaeological and palaeoenvironnemental data
II-4. Late Holocene Social and Climate Change in Arid and Semiarid Environments
II-5. Climatic variability and societal responses during the Metal Ages in Europe and the Mediterranean (3000-300 BC)
II-6. Climato-geographical archeologies of the Americas
II-7. The role of climate in the transition from foraging to farming systems
II-8. Different times? Archaeological and environmental data from intra-site and off-site sequences
III-1 (CA). Big Data, databases and archaeology
III-1 (T). New advances in theoretical archaeology
III-2 (CA). Données 3D en archéologie et nuages de points denses : vers de nouveaux objets de recherche/ 3D data in archaeology & clouds of dense points: new research objects
III-3 (CA). Construire des référentiels partagés : Webmapping et archéologie/ Shared referentials : Webmapping and archaeology
IV-1. Old Stones, New Eyes? Charting future directions in lithic analysis.
IV-2. Becoming Specialists. From Imitation to Professionalism: A Palaeolithic to Neolithic Perspective.
IV-3. Apport des approches technologiques de la céramique à l'anthropologie et à l'archéologie des sociétés pré et protohistoriques/ Contribution of the ceramic technological approaches to the anthropology and archaeology of pre and protohistoric societies
IV-4. Fire as an artifact: Advances in the study of Paleolithic combustion features
IV-5. Earthen construction technology
IV-7.La percussion lancée au Paléolithique : identification de son usage, types d’outils associés et étendue chronologique / The thrusting percussion during Palaeolithic: identifying its use, related tools, chronological length
IX-1. Resilience of landscape
VI-1. “Man the hunter” revisited – Pleistocene Archaeology in the 21st century
VI-2. Documenting the annual cycle of nomadism of Palaeolithic and Mesolithic hunter-gatherers: issues, methods, and case studies/ Mettre en évidence le cycle annuel de nomadisme des chasseurs-collecteurs paléolithiques et mésolithiques: enjeux, méthodes, et études de cas
VII-1. Archaeology and interdisciplinarity, from the 19th century to present-day research
VII-3. From stratigraphy to stratigraphic excavation in pre- and protohistoric archaeology
VII-4. Epistemology, History and Philosophy of Science: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the History of Archaeology
VII-5. Historiographie de préhistoriens français de la seconde moitié du XX° siècle 
VIII-1. Mapping the past. From sampling sites and landscapes to exploring the “archaeological continuum”
X-1. Archaeometry of prehistoric and protohistoric stone, metal, ceramics and glass
X-2. Rock-Art Paintings – Binders & Recipes.
XI-1. Vers une amélioration des outils chronologiques pour la datation des sites du Paléolithique inférieur et moyen en Eurasie / Toward the improvement of chronological tools to date Lower and Middle Palaeolithic settlements in Eurasia
XII-1. New Technologies and Analytical Approaches in Traceology
XII-2. Searching Traces, Finding People: The Role of Traceology for Reconstructing Human Behaviour 
XIII-1. Bones, Bodies and Objects - Vectors of symbolic representations
XIII-2. Prehistoric Personal Adornment in Social and Economic Context
XIII-3. Integrating Ballistics into Archaeology
XIV-1. The first European peopling: chronology, behaviour and environment
XIV-2. MIS 13-11: a major transformation in the European Lower Palaeolithic?
XIV-3. The bifacial shaping phenomenon over time and space 
XIV-4. In the shadow of the biface. Complexity of Middle Pleistocene technical systems in Europe/À l'ombre du biface. Complexité des systèmes techniques au Pléistocène moyen en Europe
XIV-5. From natural to cultural object: raw material-related human behaviors in the early technologies
XIX-1. Holocene environmental and cultural variability in the Western Mediterranean
XIX-2. Hunter-gatherers confronting the expansion of farming communities
XIX-3. Exceptional sites or exceptional preservation? Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Function of Early Holocene Wetland Sites in Europe
XV-1. Current research on settlement dynamics and cultural variability during the Middle Stone Age
XV-2. Current research on settlement dynamics and cultural variability during the Middle Paleolithic
XVI-1. The variability of bifacial tools in the Middle Palaeolithic and their importance in the transition to the Upper Palaeolithic in Western Eurasia: raw material, techno-typology, chronology and interactions in their environmental and cultural context.
XVI-2. Peopling dynamics in the Mediterranean area between 45 and 39 ky ago: state of art and new data
XVI-3. Short-term human occupations and mobility patterns
XVI-4. The Origins of Traditions Regionalization in the Palaeolithic – evaluation, evolution and mechanisms
XVI-5. The search of small tools by Neanderthals populations in Western Europe
XVI-6. Cantabrian Spain and surroundings during the Palaeolithic: new data and approaches
XVI-7. Is ‘Neanderthal behaviour' a useful concept? Multiscalar approches to the behavioural diversity of middle palaeolithic neanderthal populations
XVI-8. Small tools, big problem! Production, action and function of small tools throughout prehistory/Small tools, big problem! Production, geste et fonctionnement des petits outils durant la Préhistoire
XVI-9. From North to South; From East to West: regional variability and economic patterns in the Iberian Middle Paleolithic
XVII-1. Adaptations des sociétés du paléolithique supérieur aux climats
XVII-2. Magdalenian Phases in Cantabria and Aquitaine: What are we talking about
XVII-3. Palaeolithic and Mesolithic dwellings and occupation floor structures
XVII-4. The Upper Palaeolithic research in Central and Eastern Europe
XVII-5. Use and Social Organization of Space: The Palaeolithic Origins of Human Spatiality.
XVII-6. L'approvisionnement en matières premières lithiques pendant le Paléolithique supérieur de l'Eurasie. Approches traditionnels et contributions de l'Archéométrie/ The supply of lithic raw materials during the upper Palaeolithic of Eurasia. Traditional approaches and contributions of Archaeometry
XVII-7. Crossed views of the Aurignacian: Levantine and Western Europe comparison
XVII-8. Economy and mobility during the Early Upper Paleolithic: articulating technical systems within geographical spaces
XVIII-1. Reindeer or fish? Late Glacial subsistence strategies in the light of new information.
XVIII-2. Final Palaeolithic in Eastern Baltic
XX-1. The Archaeology of Submerged Landscapes
XX-2. Shell mounds, shell middens and coastal resources
XXI-1. Interactions, networks and routes within and through mountain ranges
XXI-2. Spiritual and Ritual Dimensions of Mountain Landscapes
XXI-3. Prehistoric and protohistoric evidence of early farming and pastoral activities in mountain environments
XXII-1. North African and Saharan archaeology recovering from the turmoil: Reconstructing the climate and cultures of the final Pleistocene and Holocene through innovative research strategies and rock art enhancement
XXII-2. The Nile Valley in Prehistory – did it play a role in human dispersals?
XXIII-1. Paleoenvironmental, Behavioural Variability, Cultural Transitions and Dispersals during the Pleistocene and the Holocene in North West Africa
XXIII-2. Variability of Late Pleistocene Microlithic Industries in Western North Africa. Recent Interpretations and Perspectives. Essay in Honor of Jacques Tixier
XXIV-1. Archéologie, sociétés et patrimoine en Afrique de l'Ouest et du Centre/ Archaeology, societies and heritage in central abnd western Africa
XXIV-2. Métallurgie ancienne du fer en Afrique/ Ancient Iron Metallurgy in Africa
XXIX-1. The intellectual and spiritual expressions of non-literate peoples
XXV-1. Préhistoire atlantique de l'Amérique du sud/ Atlantic prehistory of South America
XXV-2. The peopling of the Andes: Updating and new contributions
XXV-3. Peintures et gravures rupestres des Amériques: empreintes culturelles et territoriales/Paints and rupestral engravings of Americas: cultural and territorial traces
XXV-4. The Pleistocene Peopling of the Americas from a Circum-Pacific Perspective
XXV-5. Techniques et technologies des chasseurs-cueilleurs maritimes du littoral américain/ Techniques and technologies of the maritime hunters-gatherers of the American coast
XXVI-1. State of the Art of Archaeology in Southeast Asia
XXVIII-1. The symbols in rock art: a global Reflection for their analysis and Interpretation, from Hunter-gatherers to the production Economy societies.
XXVIII-3. Au-delà des images: Des nouvelles conceptualisations de l'art préhistorique/Beyond the images: new conceptualizations of prehistoric art
XXVIII-4. Caractérisation, continuités et discontinuités des manifestations graphiques des sociétés préhistoriques/Characterization, continuities and discontinuities of the graphic traces of prehistoric societies
XXVIII-5. Traces, tracks, and pathways. Rock art, archaeology and the lines of life
XXVIII-6. Contribution and limits of 3D and cutting-edge technologies to the recording of mobiliary and parietal art
XXVIII-7. La reformulation des interactions artistiques dans le golfe de Gascogne à la lumière des nouvelles études et découvertes/The reformulation of the artistic interactions in the Bay of Biscay in the light of the new studies and the discoveries
XXVIII-8. From hunters to breeders: a single path? Perspectives to transitions processes through the study of rock art.
XXX-1. Interdisciplinary Methods of Research for Bronze and Iron Ages Funerary Monuments (3rd-1 Millennia BC)
XXX-2. Le monde funéraire du XVIIe au IXe siècle av. J.-C en Europe Atlantique occidentale/The funerary world since XVII to IX centuries BC in Western Atlantique Europe
XXXI-1. Through time, space and species: implication of new discoveries, technological developments and data diffusion improvement in Biological Anthropology
XXXI-2. Ancient DNA 
XXXII-1. Lieux de vie et espaces domestiques : organisations fonctionnelles et stratégies sociales/Places of life and domestic spaces: functional organizations and social strategies
XXXII-2. Transitions démographiques. Mythes et réalités du Néolithique à l'âge du Bronze/Demographic transitions. Myths and realities from the Neolithic to the Bronze Age
XXXII-3. Pre and protohistoric stone architectures: comparisons of the social and technical contexts associated to their building
XXXII-4. Cross-channel connections from the Neolithic to the Bronze Age
XXXII-5. Between Economy and Symbolism: approaches to territories in Neolithic Europe
XXXII-6. Le recyclage des mégalithes (dolmen, menhir, stèle gravée) : chronologie, fonction et gestes/ Recycling of megaliths (dolmen, menhir, engraved stele) : chronology, function & gesture
XXXIII-1. Siliceous rocks: procurement and distribution systems
XXXIII-2. Flint mines and chipping floors from prehistory to the beginning of the nineteenth century
XXXIV-1. Conditions for the adoption of money, crossed contributions from weighted metal to Antic coins
XXXIV-2. La spécialisation des productions et les spécialistes/The specialization of the productions and the specialists
XXXIV-3. Economic change as an interplay of institutional and technical factors: some insights from metallurgy
XXXIV-4. Par-delà des frontières: transferts immatériels. Approches méthodologiques / Across the borders: intangible transfers. Methodological approaches
XXXIV-6. Double Session Stone in Metal Ages/La pierre à l’âge des métaux. 6a - Late stone talks: Lithic Industries in Metal Ages : 6b - Let there be Rock and Metal : l'outillage en pierre des métallurgistes préhistoriques de la mine à l'atelier.   
XXXIV-7. Archaeologies of warfare in ancient Eurasia. The emergence and consolidation of warrior aristocracies
XXXIV-8. Peuples, migrations, colonisations : des approches historico-culturelles aux analyses génétiques en archéologie protohistorique, de la néolithisation à la fin de l'âge du Fer/ People, migrations, colonization : from historical-cultural approaches to genetics in protohistoric archaeology, from the Neolithic to Iron age
XXXIV-9. The Past and Past Societies: reuse and reinterpretation of ancient places during Metal Ages
XXXIX-1. Perspectives on the Prehistory of Central Asia
XXXV-1. Understanding and accessibility of pre-and proto-historical research issues: sites, museums and communication strategies
XXXV-2. Archaeology in transdisciplinary researches: contributions to a Sustainability Science
XXXV-3. Preservation and conservation of Prehistoric Art.
XXXVI-1. Preventive archeology in Europe and in the world - current problems
XXXVII-2. Human subsistence and settlement patterns during the Late-Glacial and early Holocene: insights from bones
XXXVIII-1. Mobilités et réseaux en Océanie ancienne : approches archéologiques et ethno-historiques/Mobilities and networks in old Oceania: archaeological and ethno-historic approaches
XXXVIII-2. Monumentality in the Pacific Islands: archaeological contexts



Exposition « Au fil de l’os » à La Galerie Le Cerisier 42 Quai des Célestins 75004 Paris Du 4 au 10 Juin 2018

An exhibition around bone, which explores the use of this material for artistic, ritual or scientific purposes.
This place hosts exhibitions in the spirit of the cabinets of curiosities, around the artistic or ritual use of the material-bones. Events organized by the photographer Claire Artemyz, who has been exploring the world of our origins for several years.
On a recurrent basis, these exhibitions present the theme of prehistory, bringing together the work of designers, painters, photographers, sculptors and welcoming prehistorians, philosophers and researchers to sign their works.
Le Cerisier functions like a "mini-laboratory" which wants to be "material to think about".
Gallery Le Cerisier - 06 86 07 98 90 - -
Metro Pont-Marie (line 7) or Saint-Paul (line 1)

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Minor changes may still occur.

Conference programme


To complete the scientific exchanges, the organising committee proposes an excursion programme which provides coached tours to the major prehistoric and protohistoric sites of the following regions:

  • Périgord (Pech Merle, Lascaux IV, Abri Pataud...)
  • Somme valley (Cagny la Garenne, Amiens, Caours...)

For more information, click on the destination: you will be automatically redirected to the website of our partner, the cultural association Athena (*) which is in charge of the organisation and marketing of these excursions.

For those who have expressed the desire to follow one of these two excursions, please register and pay directly on the website before the 10 avril.

We have negotiated an exceptional discount of €100 off public prices for all delegates: you will benefit from the best conditions for these excursions.

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Bursary application

30 bursaries have been granted. The beneficiaries will be informed individually.

They will benefit from free registration and free annual IUPPS subscription, as well as possibly an additional help with accomodation in some cases.

Congratulations to the winners!


Please log in with your SciencesConf account or create an account using the "log in" button. Then follow the procedure in "register" and "registration".

Early-bird registration is open until 25th February 2018.

If you need an invitation to present to your institution or a visa application, please email specifying your institutional affiliation.

Pre-order the publication "Préhistoire et protohistoire de la France: quarante ans de découvertes"

Pre-order the publication "Préhistoire et protohistoire de la France: quarante ans de découvertes" , edited by Jean Guilaine and Dominique Garcia on the occasion of the 18th IUPPS world congress (2 volumes, 2 x 500 pages, four-colour-process, abstracts in English) ! Please tick the box in the registration form!

Special price: 40 € for the two volumes

Message to the members of the executive committee of the IUPPS

On behalf of the organising committee of the 18th IUPPS world congress that will take place in Paris between 4th and 9th June 2018 I would like to express our thanks for your unanimous vote in this important decision for the future and the development of the IUPPS, and our pleasure at the thought ofwelcoming you in Paris, in the “Latin Quarter”, in the city which in the 19th century was considered as being the capital of prehistory, 119 years after the 12th International Congress of Anthropology and Prehistoric Archaeology) held in Paris, in 1900.

Please let the members of your commission know of this decision as soon as possible and widely disseminate the information to others. We need your help and your suggestions to make this conference a success. Do not hesitate to contact us about this.

Congress Calendar

  • Official announcement 09/10/2016
  • Launch of the website 15/09/2016
  • Call for sessions 01/10/2016
  • End of call for sessions 31/03/2017
  • Call for communications 01/06/2017
  • End of call for communications 30/11/2017 at midnight

    The communication proposals are currently being reviewed. The authors will be contacted at the beginning of 2018 to check the status of their proposal.

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