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 for submission is 31 July 2017.
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Considering non-industrial cultures, we suggest to look at:

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

Presentation Scientific Review Committee

  • Michael Buonanno: Anthropologist,  Department of Language and Literature, State College of Florida
  • Fernando Coimbra: Archaeologist, rock art specialist, Centre for Geosciences from the University of Coimbra, Portugal
  • Dragos Gheorghiu: Professor of Cultural Anthropology, expert in Late Prehistory and experimental archaeology, Doctoral School, University of Arts in Bucharest, Romania​
  • Jeffery Grieneisen: Department of Language and Literature, State College of Florida
  • Ian Hodder: Professor of Anthropology, Stanford University, Director of Çatalhöyük Research Project and Excavations, Turkey 
  • Katya Stroud: Archaeologist, Senior Curator of Prehistoric Sites, Heritage Malta  
  • Robin Wright: Department of Religion, Affiliate Faculty, Department of Anthropology, Affiliate Faculty, Center for Latin American Studies, Coordinator, American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program, University of Florida​​

a fresh look at ancient monumentality on a global scale

​​19 & 20 March 2018

Sarasota/Bradenton area
Gulf Coast of Florida, USA

​​More information about exact venue will be forthcoming as the number of participants is finalized.


At this time participation is limited to qualified presenters of accepted papers or by invitation.

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In the long story of human development, there was little change for tens of thousands of years.  Enormous revolution was on the horizon when the last Ice Age ended twelve thousand years ago.   In a relatively short span of time, the birth of monumental building (first) and agriculture (second) in Neolithic Anatolia led to developments that spread across the Mediterranean and Europe.  What came next changed the world forever:

A civilization (UK and US) or civilisation (British English variant) is any complex society characterized by urban development, social stratification, symbolic communication forms (typically, writing systems) and a perceived separation from and domination over the natural environment by a cultural elite.   From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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.


What enticed people to start changing the landscape and leaving their mark?

How widely-spread do we find this phenomenon?

Can we put together pieces of what we know from various sites to better understand how we came to be who we are?


Presented by The OTS Foundation