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Fongoli chimpanzees groom together at the edge of a bush fire on Djendji plateau.

Participant: Jill D. Pruetz
Dept. of Anthropology | Iowa State University
Presentation: "Savanna Chimpanzees at Fongoli, Senegal Navigate a Fire Landscape"

NASA satellite imageSatellite image from the NASA Earth Observatory showing data for wilderies during August 2014

Participant: Michael CHAZAN
Dept. of Anthropology | University of Toronto
Presentation: "Temporal Trends in the Use of Fire in Relation to the Broader Archaeological and Paleoanthropological Record"

The magical pull of fire: flames dancing above a fire made after hedge cutting in Shropshire, with the ancient hill fort of Caer Caradoc in the background. 

Participant: John GOWLETT
ACE, School of Histories, Languages and Culture | University of Liverpool
Presentation: "Issues of fire control in the mid-Pleistocene: evidence from Beeches Pit, UK, in evolutionary and socioecological context"

Fire is undoubtedly an important behavioral adaptation. In the archaeological record – where several past occupations commonly overlap each other as time goes by –, the presence of a hearth can potentially lead to thermal changes of the underlying deposits.

Participant: Vera ALDEIAS
Dept. of Human Evolution | Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Presentation:"Under Heat: Controlled Experiments on Sub-surface Alterations"

MicromorphologyStudying the remains of ancient fire is a tricky business, and over the years, researchers have used a variety of techniques to try to reveal them.  They have examined individual objects (e.g., stone tools, bones, ceramics) to uncover such traces, and have carried out studies of the deposits in the field and in the laboratory using geophysical and chemical techniques, for example.  

Participant: Paul GOLDBERG
Centre for Archaeological Science | University of Wollongong \ Institut für Naturwissenschaftliche Archäologie
Presentation: "Recognizing Fire in the Archaeological Record"