The ArchaeoSciences Platform – the Research Institute of the University of Bucharest (ICUB) is pleased to announce the 22 ArchaeoSciences Seminar.
These seminars are an original initiative of our division that has the goal of providing a setting for professionals in the Archaeological Sciences field from different parts of the world, to share knowledge, and transmit meaningful information about the latest issues regarding the current methods and approaches used to study the past. It is also a chance for Romanian students to learn more about the various interdisciplinary aspects of archaeology.
This new seminar will take place on 4 February 2022, online, and our guest speaker is Aurélien Tafani from University of South Florida (USF), USA.
He will give an online lecture entitled “Mobility and Diet in the Lower Danube Valley during the Fifth Millennium BC”.
Aurélien Tafani is a doctoral candidate in the graduate program in Applied Anthropology at the University of South Florida (USF), under the supervision of Professor Robert H. Tykot. He earned his BA degree in Art History and Archaeology at the Université Lille 3-Charles de Gaulle, in Lille, France, before completing a Master’s in Applied Anthropology at USF. He has participated in various excavations in Europe and in Florida, including Sultana, Romania. His doctoral dissertation focuses on the mobility and diet of ancient populations of the Lower Danube River Valley during the Eneolithic (5000 to 4000 BC), apprehended through the chemical composition of human remains
The current lecture will explore his PhD topic regarding the Eneolithic (Chalcolithic/Copper Age) in the Balkans. That approach seeks to understand the extant and the diachronic evolution of mobility within the community of Sultana-Malu Roșu, a key site of the Mostiştea River Valley. In this presentation, Aurélien Tafani will review the osteological and chemical methods I chose to explore these issues: the statistical analysis of dental measurements and the isotopic analysis of oxygen and strontium within tooth enamel.
The cultural dynamics taking place in the area of the Mostiştea River Valley of southern Romania seem to have constituted the impetus driven behind the advent of crucial phenomena that affected the entire Balkans region during the Eneolithic, between 5000 and 4000 BC. The nature of the process through which these cultural innovations spread to more remote communities of the region is still debated; many archaeologists point to an increased mobility of marriage partners as the mechanism driving these changes, but there are no studies dedicated to this issue so far.
Due to the special measures imposed by COVID-19 pandemic, the lecture will be online, on 4 February 2022, and it will take place starting with 12:00 am (EET), via Google Meet Platform: meet.google.com/ywf-zoqf-vca
We look forward to exciting discussions!