CROSSDEM 2019 succeeds a previous workshop held in early 2018 at IPHES (Tarragona, Spain).
Prehistorians have had a long interest in the study of demography and associated processes: from cultural diffusion and changes in subsistence practices, to population growths, extinctions, bottlenecks and migration episodes. Scholars are not only interested in identifying such processes and events in the archaeological record but also in understanding the drivers of change, whether climatic, environmental, technological or cultural/social.
Yet, no element of the archaeological record is directly associated with demographic factors such as population sizes, growth or fertility rates – they must be inferred from the analysis of different proxies, such as site and artefact densities, radiocarbon dates, palaeoanthropological data and ancient DNA. From such a broad variety of data, and using vastly different methods, scholars have been able to reconstruct these demographic variables, as well dispersal rates and significant demographic events such as population growths, crashes and bottlenecks.
CROSSDEM 2019 will capitalise on the momentum generated by its predecessor to expand the scope and impact of cross-disciplinary links for the study of prehistoric demography.