To promote inter-continental dialogue, Hermine Xhauflair and her colleagues Anne Ford (University of Otago, New Zealand) and Isis Mesfin (Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, France) offer to create a network of researchers working on prehistoric toolkits and technologies in different tropical regions of the world.

  1. They have set up a Facebook Group “Prehistoric Toolkits and Technologies in the Tropics”
    It is destined to be a platform on which we can inform others of new publications, projects, fieldwork, etc. The goal is for it to be dynamic and interactive. Please feel free to share pictures of your work (e.g. in the field, in the office, studying material, in the lab), articles, ideas, suggestions and so on by directly posting on the Facebook group. We will be happy to help you if you need any assistance to share content.
  2. They will be chairing a session at the next UISPP conference called “S9A – Creating in tropical forests: toolkits and technical behaviours of prehistoric hunter-gatherers between 23° North and 23° South.” You are warmly invited to participate and to submit abstracts for papers directly on the website of the UISPP. The conference will take place in Meknès, Morocco on September 2nd to 7th 2021. The deadline for abstract submission will be in early 2021.
  3. Given the uncertainties due to the global pandemic with regards to meetings in the months to come, it could be interesting to organise a virtual workshop or seminar series on the theme of Toolkits and Technologies in Tropical and Equatorial Regions. It would also be a great opportunity to include those who have expressed an interest in the UISPP session but could not go physically for various reasons. Please contact us if you would be interested in such a virtual workshop or seminar series.
    hermine_xhauflair@hotmail.com, isis.mesfin@gmail.com, anne.ford@otago.ac.nz

We are looking forward to exchanging and brainstorming together on the Prehistory of the Tropics!