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The abstract book for the ICAHM 2017 Annual Meeting is now ready! Please click here to open the pdf.

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Your abstract must be 100-300 words in length. The submission deadline is June 1st.

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The language of this conference is English.

The theme for the 2017 Conference is: Sub-Saharan Africa and International Trade Routes. Tanzania is endowed with important paleoanthropological sites such as Olduvai Gorge and the Laetoli World Heritage Sites in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area where remains of Australopithecus boisei, Australopithecus aethiopicus, Australopithecus afarensis, and the 3.6 million years old hominin footprints have been discovered. The country is also famous for coastal sites such as Kilwa Kisiwani and Zanzibar. The island that is rich with tangible and intangible heritage resources, continues to be a gateway to the world both in the past as it has been depicted in historical writings and archaeological discoveries linking it not only with the Middle East and the Far East (Southeast Asia), but also with Africa's Hinterlands as well as its contemporary role as a vibrant Island city and a doorway to the rest of the world.

The emphasis of this meeting will be on: trade routes to and from sub-Saharan Africa to the rest of the world, the Africa Initiative, and conservation and sustainable use of paleoanthropological sites. Furthermore, we intent to organize sessions on: World Heritage Sites as Sources for Sustainable Development, and Digital Technologies.

We welcome papers on the following themes:

Trade Routes: Africa's role as a gateway to the rest of the World
Archaeological evidence on the eastern and western Africa coasts and the hinterlands continue to demonstrate Africa's role in seafaring and long distance trade to the Persian Gulf, Middle East, Europe, and Southeast Asia. Traded goods varied tremendously and the continent not only provided goods but also shelter and genetic exchange that has significant implications for example in the formation of the Swahili language on the East-African coast and Creole and pidgin English on the west-African coast, which spread as far as the Caribbean and the Americas. Through archaeological and historical scholarships, this theme will explore Africa's contribution to trade and globalization before "globalization" as we know today. An African-global archaeological lens will be used to scrutinize the role and contribution of Africa's trade, trade routes, the formation of the silk-road in southeast Asia and modern trading relations between Africa and the rest of the world. Sub-themes that will be covered will include: (a) The North African and Arabian Peninsula Connection, (b) Asian Connection, (c) the African Hinterland Connection, and (d) the Connection to the West. We are accepting abstracts that will address topics related to trade routes and the contribution to our knowledge and understanding of Africa's role in global trade and globalization before and after colonial contact.

Conservation and sustainable use of paleoanthropological sites
Africa's paleoanthropological sites are key to the understanding of humanity's evolutionary journey. They have and continue to yield hominin remains spanning from the last 6-8 million years with marked discoveries from amazing fossil sites such as: Olduvai Gorge, Laetoli, Peninj, and Ndutu (Tanzania); Nariokotome, West & East Turkana, Allia Bay, and Tugen Hills (Kenya); Aramis, Awash, Bouri, Duma, Melka, Konso, Hadar, and Woranso-Mille (Ethiopia); Uraha (Malawi); Berg Aukas (Namibia); Dinaledi, Drimolen, Kromdraai, Klasies River Mouth,  Makapansgat, Malapa, Sterkfontein and Swartkrans (South Africa); Kabwe (Zambia); Toros-Menalla and Bahr el Ghazal (Chad); Tighenif (Algeria); and Jebel Irhoud (Morocco), just to mention a few. These sites and many others in Africa have played a major role in unravelling humanity's origins and dispersals to other parts of our globe (in Europe, Asia, Oceania and the Americas). Yet, African paleoanthropological sites, until recently have only benefitted the scientific community and leaving little to the communities surrounding them. Paleoanthropological heritage in Africa have the potentials of providing conservation and sustainable use (educationally and economically) empowering not only communities surrounding them but also national identities, which could spearhead scientific curiosities and development growth. Through the protection of paleoanthropological sites, particularly in conservation and sustainable use, this theme will explore and demonstrate how paleoanthropological sites in Africa can be vessels for economic development (through tourism) and scientific Meccas as centers for excellency, thus improving the human living condition in Africa. Abstracts addressing issues related to conservation and sustainable use of paleoanthropological sites in Africa are accepted for this particular theme..

World Heritage Sites as Sources for Sustainable Development
Archaeological World Heritage Sites in Africa are increasingly playing a major role in shaping the socioeconomic, stewardship, preservation, conservation and sustainable use at a local, regional and nation level. Many African countries now recognize that apart from constructing national and socio-cultural identities through respect and promotion of human rights: archaeological World Heritage Sites have the potential to propel the economic growth for communities surround them. If properly managed, through mutual contribution to inclusion, equity, shared management via traditional management systems, and education curiosities; these sites have the capacity of not only becoming beacons of peace but also, they can become centers of education innovation and tourism. African World Heritage Sites, unlike their counterparts in Europe and Asia have the potentials of becoming beacons of sustainable development and "culture economy" resources for many rural populations. These heritage assets of which the majority are in rural part of Africa, do provide authentic experiences to visitors who are seeking senses of pride, processes of reinforced assimilation, cognitive perception, and retroactive association. Learning from case studies from various sites both in Africa and around the world, this theme will explore the potentials of Africa's WHC as sources for sustainable development while addressing challenges associated with development and heritage assets in general. We are accepting abstracts that address best practices on issues related to sustainable development on World Heritage Sites or any papers that discuss World Heritage  Sites as sources for sustainable Development.

Digital Technologies and archaeological heritage management
Great strides have been made in the use of on-ground remote sensing technologies, including the use of magnetometers and ground penetrating radar. Terrestrial laser scanning technologies are also widely employed to record and monitor build heritage. We welcome papers that examine recent developments and exemplary uses of these technologies. Three-dimensional models can be created and used in research and heritage management in many ways. We welcome papers that present some of the ways that such models can be produced and how they have or might be used in the future to understand, document, and present archaeological sites and landscapes. This session will focus on new technologies within archaeological heritage management, with a special focus on:  Aerial and Satellite Remote-Sensing, Innovative Applications of Non-Destructive, Non-Invasive Technologies and the Creation and Use of Three-Dimensional Models. We welcome papers that demonstrate best practices with emerging technologies, new approaches to remote sensing for research, and case studies for heritage management applications.