ESHE - 4th Annual Meeting
September 18-20, 2014 - Florence, Italy

We are pleased to announce the 4th annual ESHE Meeting in Florence, Italy. The meeting will be hosted by the local organizer Professor Jacopo Moggi-Cecchi, from the Laboratory of Anthropology at the Università degli Studi di Firenze.

Uni Firenze

ESHE Excursion 2014


View or download PDF of the ESHE Meeting Schedule.

Wednesday 17 September

10:00-17:00 EVAN Toolbox Training Day and Geometric Morphometrics of skulls
University of Florence, Laboratory of Anthropology, Via del Proconsolo 12 (Link to map)
*Registration for EVAN Toolbox training is done directly through the EVAN Society

17:00-19:00- Registration
University of Florence, Laboratory of Anthropology, Via del Proconsolo 12 (Link to map)

Thursday 18 September

Conference Day 1
University of Florence, Via Laura 48 (link to map)

A Keynote speech will be scheduled for Thursday evening. This year's keynote speaker is Dr. Guido Barbujani, an Italian population geneticist from the University of Ferrara. This will be held at the University of Florence Main Hall, Piazza di San Marco 4 (Link to map).

Friday 19 September

Conference Day 2
University of Florence, Via Laura 48 (link to map)

The ESHE General Assembly will be scheduled for Friday evening, following the talks and poster presentations.

Saturday 20 September

Conference Day 3
University of Florence, Via Laura 48 (link to map)

A closing party will take place on Saturday evening, to be hosted at the Laboratory of Anthropology at the Università degli Studi di Firenze (Via del Proconsolo 12 - Link to map). The closing party costs 30 € per person.

Sunday 21 September

Excursion: Grotte di equi (Equi Cave)

Meeting Point- Via Giorgio la Pira 4 (Link to map)

7:30 am - 10:00 am- Drive from Florence to Equi Cave

10:00 - 13:00 Site visits

13:00 - 14:30 Lunch (Included in the price of the excursion).

14:30 - 17:30 Site visits

17:30 - 20:00 Drive back to Florence

The Grotte di Equi consists of a series of caves, set within a beautiful northern Italian landscape. The focus of the visit will be the “Tecchia di Equi”, a small cave where the excavation was carried out. In addition, we will have the chance to see the “Grotte di Equi”, a tourist cave; a nature path to see the “Solco di Equi”, panoramic site and a small lab with educational facilities (Geolab).

The excursion costs 30 € per person and includes a fully catered lunch of local Italian specialties.

More information and excellent images on the Grotte di Equi can be found on the Tecchia di Equi website (In Italian only).


Registration * Online Registration closed on Monday, September 1st.

Registration fees for ESHE members (paid before 31 July)

  • Member participation fee 50 €
  • Student member participation fee 25 €

Registration fees for non-ESHE members (and for ESHE members paid after 31 July)

  • Non-member participation fee 100 €
  • Student non-member participation fee 60 €

Please note: The deadline for pre-registration is 31 July. After this date, late registration fees will be 100 € for professionals and 60 € for students, regardless of membership status. Registration will be considered complete once payments have been received.

Abstract Submission

Abstract submission for the 2014 meeting in Florence has now closed. Abstract submission for the 2015 meeting in London will open in early 2015.

Please be aware of the following criteria for the evaluation of abstracts:

  • Abstracts must be in English and have a strict minimum and maximum character limit (minimum 2000 characters, maximum 4000 characters, with spaces).
  • Each first author can submit only one abstract.
  • We discourage simultaneous podium or poster presentations by the same group of authors on a similar topic.
  • Abstracts lacking in substance may not be accepted. All abstracts should have a clear description of the research with mention of methods and results.
  • Abstracts are evaluated using a peer-review, graded scale. Normally all papers are reviewed by 2-4 persons per subfield. The top papers are selected for the plenary sessions.
  • Accepted presenters will be notified in early July.
  • Due to time constraints, only a limited number of podiums presentations will be accepted. Therefore some authors not accepted for podium talks will be offered the option of presenting a poster.

Student Poster Prizes

This year we have 3000 € available for student poster prizes. To be included in the running for a poster prize you must first submit your abstract via the online system, and check the box which states "Enter this poster in the Student Poster Competition". A pdf of your poster must be sent to by Monday 1 September in order to be evaluated. **Please Note** To qualify as a student, participants must not have completed their PhD before the abstract submission deadline of 5 May 2014.

The 2014 Student Poster Prize was awarded to Paul Kozowyk from Leiden University, the Netherlands. His poster, entitled "Stuck in the Middle with Glue: Lap Shear Testing of Ochre and Beeswax in Middle Stone Age Compound Adhesives" earned him a prize of 1500€.

Student Travel Grants

Following a decision by the ESHE board, the society has decided to offer travel grants to students attending the 2014 ESHE meeting and who will present podium, pecha kucha or poster presentations. Thos who wish to apply for support should provide a letter of financial justification and a short CV (maximum 2 pages). This material must be sent to by Friday 15 August. Preference will be given to students coming from distant or disadvantaged areas. Recipients will be notified on Friday, September 5th.

Information for Presenters

Poster Presentations

Poster Format: A0, oriented in portrait style: height 118.9cm (46.8 inches), width 84.1cm (33.1 inches). Presenters are expected to print and bring their poster with them to the meeting. Presenters are responsible for hanging their own poster on the designated board. For those presenting on Friday afternoon, the posters should be hung for display on Friday morning, and collected at the end of the poster session. For those presenting on Saturday afternoon, the posters should be hung for display on Saturday morning, and collected after the poster session.

Podium Presentations

The podium presentations are organized into 20 minute time-slots. Presentations are encouraged to be 15 minutes in length, with 5 minutes for questions and discussion. The session chairperson will be strict with the time limits. Presenters are encouraged to have their presentations ready on a USB drive, to be given to our IT assistants before the start of their session.

Pecha Kucha Presentations

Each Pecha Kucha presentation will be strictly limited to 6 minutes and 40 seconds, and must contain exactly 20 slides. These slides must be sent to no later than Friday 12 September. The ESHE Organizers will then set the slides to display for exactly 20 seconds each. For more information on Pecha Kucha format, please visit:

Local Information

The conference will be held at the University of Florence, Via Laura 48 (link to map).
The closing party on Saturday evening will be held at the Laboratory of Anthropology, Via del Proconsolo 12 (Link to map).

Hotels: ESHE does not have agreements with any local hotels in Florence and participants are responsible for arranging their own accommodation. We recommend booking in the city centre or 'Duomo' districts. The exact locations of the conference venues can be seen in the map below.

Sightseeing: As Florence is a popular tourist destination, it is recommended to book tours and entrance to museums well in advance. There are a number of websites where information can be found and bookings can be made, for example:

Florence Map

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Marta Gómez Recio & Alba Bossoms Mesa*
Alfredo Suesta Guillen & Marie Vanhoof*
Alejandra Sotomayor Sainz & Igor Djakovic*
Jan Dekker & Hester Hanegraef*
Vanda Halász & Emily Hunter*
Ana Bucchi & Julia Stuhlträger*
Judith Beier & Andrew Sorensen*
A. Pantoja-Perez & H. Fewlass*
G. Oxilia A. Rodríguez-Hidalgo
Paul Kozowyk
Stephanie Schnorr Laura Martín Francés

*Pecha Kucha Prize Winner