ICArEHB Dialogues ‘Migrations and Dispersals in the Middle-Upper Palaeolithic‘, will take place Friday 18th of March at 4pm (Faro time) in videoconference, with Erella Hovers and Jonathan Haws, and will be convened by Emily Hallinan.


Erella Hovers is a paleoanthropologist who is interested in transitions (or lack thereof) throughout the prehistoric record of Africa and the Levant. After obtaining a PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1998), Erella conducted post-doctoral work in Harvard University’s department of Anthropology and has been a faculty member of the Institute of Archaeology at HUJ since 1999. In 2010 she was appointed an affiliate of the Institute of Human Origins (Arizona State University). Her research has included field projects at sites dating from the early Oldowan and early Acheulian in Ethiopia to the late Lower, Middle, Upper and Epi-Paleolithic in Israel. Her post-excavation work focuses on lithic technology and its import on cognitive abilities and on epistemological approaches to understanding processes of cultural evolution, symbolic behavior and prehistoric demography in the archaeological record. 

Jonathan Haws is an Associate Researcher at ICArEHB, completed his Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2003 and is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Louisville. He has been doing archaeological fieldwork in Portugal since 1993, and his research interests focus on human land-use and decision-making as part of a socio-natural process to understand how past humans, especially Neanderthals and modern humans in Europe, interacted with their environment.

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