Presented by The OTS Foundation

SEP 20-24, 2018
(Autumnal Equinox)

On the Mediterranean Island of MALTA

DAYBREAK ON-SITE OBSERVATIONS
​INCLUDED

Moving multi-ton megaliths,
​digging massive earthworks...

​​What drove ancient societies to change the landscape and create monumental ritual, ceremonial, contemplative and gathering places?
We will consider the traditions of various Indigenous people in pursuit of a clearer understanding of the genesis of community-driven built environment.  
​We'll explore the continuity of cultural tradition. 


From the world's oldest monuments in Anatolia and the Mediterranean to standing stones in Britain and a New England farmer’s field, to rock art in Arizona, Sacred Pilgrimages and Geographies of the Americas: from the American Southwest, to the Valley of Mexico, to the Northern Amazon/Orinoco...

​In a relaxed setting, we’ll share data and compare notes to see how the human story of monumental building can be illuminated.


PRESENTATIONS     DISCUSSIONS     BRAINSTORMING 

CALL FOR PAPERS

The GREAT STONES SYMPOSIUM welcomes contributions from researchers, scholars and technologists working across diverse disciplines, sites and practices, and cultural perspectives.   Typical presentation time for accepted papers is 25 minutes.  At least one author must attend to present and for inclusion in the symposium publication.  Presentations and subsequent publication will be in English.

 250-300 word abstracts of presentations should be submitted in English, in either Text, Word or PDF formats.   Please include author's background, and academic or institution affiliation.  Deadline: 31 DEC 2017.  A second CFP may or may not be issued after that time, at the discretion of the organizers.  Send to:  ​<< symposium@OTSF.org >>
 

Considering non-industrial cultures,
we suggest to look at:

ART and ARCHITECTURE
(to include personal adornment and body modification) 
as expressions of emotions and beliefs
BELIEF SYSTEMS
Cosmology, burial and marriage custom, 
rites of passage, rituals & ceremony
SOCIAL STRUCTURE
Class distinctions, task specialization, 
cohesion and motivation, psychology
SUSTAINABILITY
Survival strategies, resource management, 
​defense and contested territory, preservation of history & traditions
USE of NATURAL PHENOMENA
Indications for intention: interpretation of astronomical events, special sound behavior, etc

a fresh look at ancient monumentality on a
​global scale​


 Questions?  Drop us an email   ​<< symposium@OTSF.org  >>

​​WHY MAKE THE COLOSSAL EFFORT TO BUILD MONUMENTS?

A MONUMENTAL ​EXPERIENCE​