Presented by The OTS Foundation

Now in development
​for autumn 2018 
on the Mediterranean island of
MALTA

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.  

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

SYMPOSIUM

IMAGINE


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

AN EXCEPTIONAL ​MEGALITHIC EXPERIENCE​




  

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.

PRESENTATIONS     DISCUSSIONS     BRAINSTORMING 

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?


WHY BUILD MONUMENTS OF STONE?