Pyroarchaeology

Fire plays a central role in many technological, behavioural, and social aspects of the human past. Despite its significance, the remains of fire themselves are often overlooked or are subsumed under other areas of research. This commission recognizes that recent methodological advances over the past decade have greatly improved our ability to study fire remains as artefacts in their own right. Therefore, the aims of the commission are to 1) promote research pertaining to human interaction with fire; 2) provide a platform for the exchange of ideas between various specialists working on the topic from a range of methodological and theoretical perspectives and different time periods; 3) to establish links between methodological techniques and broader theoretical debates about the origins and nature of fire-related behaviour; and 4) to promote the interaction between researchers studying fire remains in the Paleolithic and those focusing on later time periods.

PRESIDENT: Christopher Miller, Institute for Archaeological Sciences, University of Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany, christopher.miller@uni-tuebingen.de ** VICE-PRESIDENT**: Carolina Mallol, AMBI LAB, Universidad de la Laguna, Tenerife, Spain, cmallol@ull.edu.es SECRETARY: Mareike Stahlschmidt, Department of Human Evolution Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany, mareike_stahlschmidt@eva.mpg.de