Ethnoarchaeology of Livelihood Practices - 2024

Exploring the Nexus of Food Production, Resource Management, and Sustainability



Organized by Stefano Biagetti, Carla Lancelotti, Debora Zurro, Francesca Lugli

Long time has passed since the previous conference on Ethnoarchaeology organized by the Italian Society for Ethnoarchaeology in Rome (2015), and during this period, the world has undergone profound transformations. New challenges have arisen, demanding our attention, while other pressing issues have emerged on the global stage.
In the current scenario, characterized by the dominance of climate change and uncertainties in the political and economic realms, it is increasingly clear that the Western scientific worldview requires adjustments to effectively address the current global challenges we face. In contrast, traditional livelihood practices offer sustainable and time-tested alternatives to the mainstream perspective of livelihoods. These practices, often disregarded and at risk of disappearing, hold valuable knowledge and potential solutions. Recognizing their significance is crucial for fostering a more comprehensive understanding of our relationship with the environment and its resources.
It is time to recognize that ethnoarchaeological research has played a crucial role in challenging Euro-centric perspectives and expanding our understanding of cultural development among indigenous people across time and space. By shifting the focus from external influences to intrinsic factors within indigenous cultures, ethnoarchaeology has brought forth a more nuanced understanding of the dynamics and complexities of cultural evolution. In this scenario, we are therefore thrilled to announce the upcoming international conference on the Ethnoarchaeology of Livelihood Practices: Exploring the Nexus of Food Production, Resource Management, and Sustainability.
This interdisciplinary event brings together scholars from diverse fields to delve into the realms of agricultural systems, pastoral traditions, and foraging strategies. The aim of the conference is to analyze how various food production practices intricately intertwine with the management of resources, and sustainability and explore their profound impact they had over time on our environment, communities, and heritage. we celebrate the transformative impact of ethnoarchaeology in challenging established narratives and advocating for a more inclusive and comprehensive approach to studying cultural development. It aims to be a 'traditional' meeting format where participants convene for discussions and presentations. In any case, the conference will be live streamed.