February 5, 2011

We would like to thank you all for coming down to Southampton to attend the symposium ‘Unravelling the Palaeolithic – 10 years of research at CAHO’.  Your attendance was really key to making this symposium into a big success, and we are extremely delighted it was proposed to make this symposium into an annual event, travelling around to different human origins institutions in the UK.

A selection of our CAHO10 photos, taken by our photographer Rodrigo Pacheco Ruiz, can now be found on flickr. Or watch our CAHO10 trailer, made by our video intern:

For more videos, including interviews with our CAHO alumni, please visit the CAHO YouTube Channel.

We’ve also started the preparations for our conference publication, and would like to remind all presenters that the deadline for submission is 25 April 2011.

Practical Information CAHO10

January 26, 2011

Only a few days to go now until the CAHO10 symposium. We`re looking forward to meeting you on Avenue Campus this Friday and Saturday.

Some practical information:

•All lectures on the Friday will take place in Lecture Theatre B and on the Saturday in Lecture Theatre A.
•Lunch and Coffee will be served in room 1097.
•Bookstalls will be located in the adjacent room 1095.
•Posters from the poster session will be displayed in these two rooms.
•Friday’s dinner will take place in the Terrace Restaurant on Highfield Campus
•Saturday’s wine reception will take place on Avenue Campus after the closing keynote talk from Dr. John McNabb.
•The whole symposium will be filmed by a Career Destinations intern and podcasts will be available afterwards through the University of Southampton Archaeology website.
•Conference proceedings will be published with Archaeopress
•The final programme for the two days can be found here.

Registration now closed

January 16, 2011

Thanks to all of you who have registered for the CAHO10 symposium. Registration has now closed. If you have any further questions, please contact

A final version of the programme for the two days is now also available here.

Career Destinations – Networking Workshop

December 23, 2010

On December 17th Rich Carruthers from Career Destinations gave a very interesting workshop to the CAHO students about Networking Skills. His presentation covered the importance of networks, the elements of networking and the concepts of the emotional bank account and 6 degrees of seperation. The powerpoint from this workshop can be found here.

For those Southampton students who missed this workshop, Rich is running a similar one on January 11th on Highfield Campus, it’s CAHO recommended, and you can register through GradBook:

If all goes according to plan, Career Destinations will also be filming the event so we can put some podcasts online for those of you who can’t make it to Southampton in January!

Draft Programme Now Available

November 19, 2010

The call for papers for the CAHO10 symposium has been a success, thank you all for submitting! We have now drafted a provisional programme for both days and have over 50 people presenting papers and posters around five main themes:

– Lithic Analyses
– Bio-Anthropoligical Approaches to the Palaeolithic
– Palaeoclimate and Human Ecology
– Landscape and Land-uses
– Social Approaches to he Palaeolithic

Moreover there will be an extra session dedicated to our ongoing fieldwork on Jersey.

Don’t forget to register in advance if you like to attend the event. Either online or by cheque.

Also if you would like to help us advertise the event, feel free to print out our poster and display it around your department, thanks!

Extra sponsorship: Career Destinations

November 12, 2010

The Careers service of the University of Southampton `Career Destinations` has kindly offered sponsorship for the CAHO10 symposium. Career Destinations offers a wide range of services to both current students and alumni, including skills development (e.g. the Graduate Passport), placements and internships and a student portal with job vacancies. Moreover they also have services specifically focussing on raising the employability of postgraduate research students.

Networking skills are vital in this modern age and the CAHO10 symposium will be a great opportunity to create networks between alumni, current students, staff and delegates from other institutions. Furthermore throughout the symposium we will be collecting profiles from CAHO postgraduate research alumni to add to the `Voices of Experience` website, illustrating the different possible career paths after completing a PhD in Archaeology.

Finally, as a University of Southampton Alumni don`t forget to visit the Alumni Office website to find out how you can stay in touch with the University community and to discover what services they have on offer for you!

Concession for Lithic Studies Society members

November 6, 2010

At their last Annual General Meeting the Lithic Studies Society has kindly agreed on sponsoring the CAHO10 Symposium. Therefore all current members of the Lithic Studies Society will be able to register for the symposium at the concession rates.

Don’t forget to register before December 1st to take advantage of our even further reduced early bird rates!

Conference Proceedings Publication

October 24, 2010

Papers accepted for the CAHO10 symposium will be given the opportunity to publish an article in our conference proceedings monograph. This monograph will form part of the Southampton Archaeology Series in BAR (published by Archaeopress).

Articles should be around 5000-10.000 words long. More details to follow. Get in touch with us ( if you’re interested in submitting your paper for this publication.

Call for papers deadline: October 31st

October 12, 2010

The deadline for the CAHO10 symposium is approaching. This symposium is aimed at celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the Centre for the Archaeology of Human Origins (CAHO) and will take place at the University of Southampton on January 28-29 2011.

We would like to thank all of you who have already submitted an abstract for doing so and like to remind the rest of you to please do so before October 31st 2010.

We welcome both posters (A0 size) and papers (15-20min long) and the symposium will be based around four main themes:

–        Lithic Analyses (incl. microwear)

–        Palaeoclimate and Human Ecology

–        Social Approaches to the Palaeolithic

–        Bio-anthropological Approaches to the Palaeolithic (incl. genetics)

Please send your proposed title and abstract (ca. 200 words) to by October 31st.

10 years of CAHO: Announcement and Call for Papers

June 19, 2010

  To highlight the past achievements, current strengths, and future perspectives of CAHO, we would like to announce an open symposium at the

University of Southampton,
28 – 29 January 2011.

The symposium is aimed at bringing together past and present CAHO staff and students, whilst also strengthening links with other human origins institutions at home and abroad. Papers on any aspect of Palaeolithic research, ranging from lithic analyses to anthropological assessments to social interpretations are welcomed.

Please send paper or poster proposals (ca. 200 words) to: by October 31st 2010

Keynote talks will be given by the Centre’s
founder, Prof. Clive Gamble, and its
current director, Dr. John McNabb.