Day 1 - Thursday 31 May

09:00-09:30   Registration and Coffee

09:30-09:45    Introduction

Session 1  - Human occupation in the Nile Valley before the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM),

                            between 75,000 and 25,000 years ago.



Maxine Kleindienst                 

       University of Toronto, Canada


Elena Garcea                         

University of Cassino and Southern Latium, Italy


Martin Williams

University of Adelaide, Australia

Evidence for Pleistocene habitability and occupations in the Western Desert of Egypt,  MIS 4 through early MIS 2.


The Sudanese Nile Valley: the ultimate frontiers of the Aterian and the northern  and southern Out-of-Africa routes.


Ice, wind and water: Late Pleistocene environments in the main Nile, Atbara,  Blue and White Nile basins (75-15 ka).

 mid-morning coffee/tea break

Pierre Vermeersch   

Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven, Belgium 


Luca Pagani

University of Padova, Italy & Estonian   Biocentre, Tartu, Estonia

MIS 4-2 human occupation density in the Lower Nile Valley.



“Out of Africa expansions and the genetic legacy of human occupation in North- East Africa”.



12:30-14:30  Lunch 

Session 2  - Human occupation in the Nile Valley and neighbouring regions (North Africa,                               East Africa, the Levant and Arabia) before the LGM .



Jeffrey Rose

        Ronin Institute


Mae Goder-Goldberger

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel


David Pleurdeau

UMR CNRS 7194, Muséum national

       d'Histoire naturelle, Paris, France

The Middle and Upper Palaeolithic of South Arabia and implications for cultural exchanges across the Red Sea. 


 Using lithic assemblages to trace human dispersals; did the Nile Valley always act as a corridor between Africa and the southern Levant?


Late Middle Stone Age(s) of the Horn of Africa: technical tradition in southeastern Ethiopia.

                   mid-afternoon coffee/tea break


        Abdeljalil Bouzouggar

        Institut National des Sciences de
       l'Archéologie et du Patrimoine (INSAP),
       Rabat, Morocco


       Eslem Ben Arous

        UMR CNRS 7194, Muséum national

       d'Histoire naturelle, Paris, France



Cultural transitions in the Middle Stone Age records of North Africa: an overview from Morocco



Relevance of chronological tools to discuss human occupation continuity / discontinuity in Northwestern Africa before the LGM


18:00-21:00 - Reception at the Institut de Paléontologie Humaine

Day 2 - Friday 1 June

09:30-12:00   Musée de l’Homme - Hands on Session

12:00 -14:15   Lunch 

14:30-16:30    Guided tour of the museum's collections


16:30-18:00   Open visit of the museum and of the Exhibition 'Neandertal l'Expo'

Day 3 - Saturday 2 June

Institut de Paléontologie Humaine , 1 rue R. Panhard, 75013 Paris

Session 3 - Human occupation in the Nile Valley during the Last Glacial Maximum



Isabelle Crèvecoeur

UMR CNRS 5199, University of Bordeaux,



Piotr Osypiński & Marta Osypińska

        Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw,

Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene human phenotypic diversity in the Nile Valley. 



Upper Nubia and beyond at the Terminal Pleistocene – growing evidence of the late occurrence of MSA.

 mid-morning coffee/tea break  

 Alice Leplongeon

UMR CNRS 7194, Muséum national

d'Histoire naturelle, Paris, France

Variability of human technical behaviours in the Egyptian Nile Valley at the end of the Pleistocene.


Session 4 - Human occupation in the Nile Valley and neighbouring regions during the LGM



Graeme Barker

University of Cambridge, UK


Lucy Farr

University of Cambridge, UK


Coping with aridity in Cyrenaica in MIS 4-2: the evidence of the Haua Fteah .


Sedimentary processes, temporality and Palaeolithic narratives of northern Africa (70,000–15,000 BP).

        12:30-14:00   Lunch           



Ofer Marder

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel


Nigel Goring-Morris

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel



Nick Barton

University of Oxford, UK

The Lithic Technologies of Upper Palaeolithic and Epipaleolithic Hunter-Gatherers in the Negev, Israel: Implications from Refitting Studies.


Windows of Opportunity? An Examination of Potential Levantine-North African Connections during the Late Pleistocene



Recent work in the Maghreb and implications for human dispersal in the LSA.


mid-afternoon coffee/tea break

16:30- 18:00       Final discussions and conclusions