Provisional Programme: MORPH2017 (Thursday 4th May – Friday 5th May)

Registration to MORPH2017 permits the attendee to both days, complimentary lunch and refreshments throughout, and the meal on Friday evening. Attendees will also have free entry to the Moesgaard Museum throughout the conference. Guided tours will take place on the first day during each of the training sessions.

Thursday 4th May (Venue: Seminar Room 301, Moesgaard Museum)

09:30-12:30 Training Session #1

Introducing Geometric Morphometrics Methodologies within Archaeological Analysis

Christian Hoggard (Aarhus University) and Thomas Birch (Aarhus University)

12:30-13:30 Lunch
13:30-16:30 Training Session #2

Geometric Morphometrics in the R Environment

Tim Astrop (University of Bath) and Sarah Stark (University of Southampton)

16:30-17:00 GM Drop-in Session
20:00 MORPH2017 Social: St Clement’s Brewery (


Friday 5th May (Venue: Large Lecture Hall, Moesgaard Manor, Moesgaard Campus)

Oral presentations:

09:00-09:10 Introduction

Felix Riede, Aarhus University, Denmark

09:10-09:30 3D vs. 2D: Investigating current opinions and guidelines regarding the ownership and use of 3D data compared to photographic and written data

Cara Hirst, University College London, UK

09:30-09:50 3D Geometric morphometrics of Middle Bronze Age axes and ingots

Josef Wilczek, University of Burgundy, France

09:50-10:10 Diet and getting into shape: investigating isotopic and developmental trajectories from Wharram Percy

Sarah Stark, University of Southampton, UK

10:10-10:40 Break and Poster Session
10:40-11:00 Sex estimation based on outline shape analysis of the posterior distal humerus

João d’Oliveira Coelho, University of Coimbra, Portugal

11:00-11:20 Sex estimation of non-adults: can it be done? A geometric morphometric approach

Katrien G. Janin, University of Cambridge, UK

11:20-12:00 Keynote Presentation #1
Evolution and Development of the human face and brain

Philipp Gunz, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Germany

12:00-13:40 Lunch
Data Café (12:45-13:30)
13:40-14:00 Understanding Variation and Variability in Stone Tools: An Approach to Some Methods

Tanusree Pandit, Panjab University, India

14:00-14:20 Testing the regional traditions hypothesis in the MSA sequence of Mumba Cave, Tanzania

Knut Bretzke, University of Tübingen, Germany

14:20-14:40 Towards a better understanding of Final Palaeolithic backed-points

Christian Hoggard, Aarhus University, Denmark

14:40-15:00 Geometric morphometric shape analysis and lithic projectile point technology: the case of Final Palaeolithic Swiderian points

Kamil Serwatka, Wroclaw University, Poland

15:00-15:20 Break
15:20-15:40 Morphometrics of the world’s oldest edge ground stone tools in the Japanese Upper Palaeolithic: comparative study on mechanical function of axe-shaped stone tools

Atsushi Noguchi, University of Tokyo, Japan

15:40-16:00 Shaping hominin cognition: range of morphometric lithic variability as an indicator of complex cognitive ability in the Lower and Middle Palaeolithic

Cory Marie Stade, University of Southampton, UK

16:00-16:40 Keynote Presentation #2

Coming of age in archaeological morphometrics: integrating scale, process, and behaviour

Radu Iovita, New York University, USA

16:40-17:00 Discussion and concluding remarks

Christian Hoggard, Aarhus University, Denmark

19:00 MORPH2017 Dinner: Früd No16 (


Poster presentations:

New application of geometric morphometrics in use-wear analysis for the identification of hand preference from stone tools

Alice Rodriguez, Muséum national d’histoire naturelle, France

DACORD – Computer-Assisted Drawing of Archaeological Pottery (the CADAPtable system)

Josef Wilczek, University of Burgundy, France

Two Sides to Every Story: Current Methodological Considerations in the Application of Geometric Morphometrics (GMM) on Lower and Middle Palaeolithic Handaxe Assemblages

Christian Hoggard, Aarhus University, Denmark

Geometric morphometric analysis of the ‘skeletal vocal tract’: A first step in involving osteoarchaeology in the search for a potential ‘genetic bias’ for language, using two Dutch historical skeletal collections

Willem A. Baetsen, Leiden University, the Netherlands

A first geometric morphometric analysis of Upper Palaeolithic Hamburgian project points suggests individual flint knappers and a contraction of the Havelte-phase time span

Jesper Borre Pedersen, Aarhus University, Denmark

We are still accepting poster presentations. Please contact for more information.