The Cultures of Stone 2014 Conference aims to establish a forum for interdisciplinary dialogue within the field of material culture studies revolving around the role of stone in society.

We draw from the previous exceptional success of the Materialitas Conference (2007) hosted by UCD with the support of the Humanities Institute of Ireland (HII). This event gathered renowned academics whose work focused on stone as an active medium in the creation and renegotiation of identities amongst the prehistoric societies of Atlantic Europe.

The wider temporal and geographical scope of the Cultures of Stone meeting aims at bringing together an array of diverse theoretical and methodological perspectives to understand as much the physical transformations of a raw material as the materialization of knowledge, values and memories.

The conference represents an opportunity for graduates, current postgraduates and new researchers, in particular, to exchange views on how societies engaged with stone through time by communicating their work to peers and established researchers of diverse backgrounds.

This Conference is kindly supported by the Newman Foundation, the UCD College of Arts and Celtic Studies’ Graduate School and the National Museum of Ireland.

Conference Organising Committee:

Bernard Gilhooly (UCD School of Archaeology)
Niamh Kelly (UCD School of Archaeology)
Sol MallĂ­a-Guest (UCD School of Archaeology, UCD Mechanical and Material Science Engineering)
A. David Newell (UCD School of Classics)