• VIEW FROM THE ZEGAROWE ROCKS

    Welcome to the scientific conference in the heart of Polish Jura, entitled “European Middle Palaeolithic during MOIS 8- MOIS 4” which will take place between 24-28 September 2012.
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  • BISNIK CAVE

    Biśnik Cave situated in the region of Niegownice-Smoleń range is the only cave site in Poland, and one of very few in Europe, with a well preserved cross-section of sediments dated to the period between the Odra glaciations and the Holocene.
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  • BISNIK CAVE - WORKS AT THE CAVE

    Over 10 meters of sediments bearing the longest sequence of cultural layers in Poland.
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  • FLINT ARTEFACTS

    Unearthed during excavations flint artefacts are a precious and often only source in the process of the reconstruction of Palaeolithic people’s life, as well as the tool to identify Middle Palaeolithic cultural units.
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  • PALEONTOLOGICAL SOURCES

    Paleontological sources constitute an important element in the reconstruction of climatic changes in the Pleistocene.
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  • INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH

    The interdisciplinary research carried out in caves require the co-operation of the representatives of many branches of science, such as : geology, geomorphology, paleozoology, paleobotanics, physics and chemistry.
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  • PRADNIK VALLEY ON OJCOW JURA

    Ojców Jura, rich in caves, was an area willingly chosen for inhabitation by the Neanderthal, which is proved by a large number of sites, such as Ciemna Cave, Wylotne Shelter, Koziarnia Cave, Nietoperzowa Cave.
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  • CIEMNA CAVE IN KORONNA MOUNTAIN

    Ciemna Cave, situated in the central part of Koronna Mountain in the Prądnik Valley, is one of the most important Middle Palaeolithic sites in Poland.
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Dear Colleagues, thank You for the attendance in our conference.

Dear Colleagues,
due to other duties, as organizers we are late with the photos from the conference. I decided to present them on my site. I hope, You  would like them.
Łukasz A . Czyżewski

Dear Colleagues,

We hope that you had a save trip back from Wolbrom. Now is time to prepare the publication of the proceedings. As previously announced, these proceedings will be published in the journal "Quaternary International".  The deadline for submission of the manuscript is 1 May 2013. Guidelines for authors are provided and please submit your manuscript directly via the EES system. Krzysztof Cyrek is assigned as the guest editor of archaeological manuscripts and Adam Nadachowski of all palaeoenvironmental and palaeozoological papers.

If you plan to submit a manuscript, please send us as soon as possible and no later than October 28th, 2012 an intention letter with a title and list of authors. Please note that each submitted paper will be available online as soon as it is definitely accepted, therefore even late publication of the printed volume will not delay the accepted papers.


Do not hesitate to contact us in case of further questions.

Best regards,

Krzysztof Cyrek and Adam Nadachowski (Guest Editors)

Quaternary International Special Volume
“European Middle Palaeolithic, MIS 8 – MIS 3:
cultures – environment – chronology”

Krzysztof Cyrek (e-mail: paleo@umk.pl)
Adam Nadachowski (e-mail: nadachowski@isez.pan.krakow.pl)

 

„European Middle Palaeolithic during MIS 8 MIS 3: cultures – environment chronology”


Thanks to the 20 years of research on Biśnik cave, situated on  the Kraków-Częstochowa Upland (southern Poland), at least 17 Middle Palaeolithic levels of cave inhabitation have been revealed,  all placed in cave sediments of known stratigraphical position and correlated with numerous animal remains. The sequence represents the period between MIS 8 and MIS 3. The abundant archaeological and zoological finds allow the comparison with other sites in Europe of the same chronology.
 

The excavations at Biśnik  have become the inspiration to organise an international conference entitled ’’ European Middle Palaeolithic during MIS 8 - MIS 3 : cultures-environment-chronology’’. The above mentioned period of the Middle and Upper Pleistocene, lasting for approximately 250 000 years, witnessed considerable changes in the natural environment, as well as anthropological and cultural ones. They are all a focus of intensive interdisciplinary work carried out by research centres from all over Europe. In recent years new important sites have been discovered. Moreover, thanks to modern physical and chemical methods, the chronology of some of the older finds has been verified. The new data allowed the re-interpretation of the so far available sources, and basing on this,  the formulation of new concepts referring to the life of Middle Palaeolithic communities. What needs discussing is the problem of the beginnings of the Middle Palaeolithic in Europe as well as its final stage, and in particular its relations with the Upper Palaeolithic.   
 

The organisers wish to invite everyone to the conference in Poland, and at the same time, express the hope that it will become a forum for the exchange of information and opinions, as well as an interesting discussion of specialists from various areas of cave research and Middle Palaeolithic open sites in Europe (archaeologists, paleoanthropologists, paleogeographers, paleoecologists, geologists).
 

We are planning to release a special issue of Quaternary International including the most interesting presentations from the conference. At the same time we wish to inform that all the submitted papers will undergo factual review according to the principles applied by the journal:  
 

The conference is organised by : The Institute of Archaeology , Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń , The Institute of Zoology, University of Wrocław and The Institute of Geological Sciences of Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN) in Warsaw.
 

The conference will take place between 25-28 September 2012 at Wolbrom (southern Poland).
 

Welcome and hope to see you in Poland !