The Solutrean techno-complex still constitutes a major focus in prehistoric research, influencing ice-age archaeology worldwide. The rich cultural heritage and distinctive palaeoenvironmental setting allows for analytical methods to be applied, tested and improved. It also serves as a case study for theory and model building for other prehistoric contexts. Advances and new discoveries are made in different research fields – such as interdisciplinary on- and off-site investigations, geostatistical approaches, and palaeoclimatic models.

The aim of the 3rd International Conference on the Solutrean 2017 is to bring together scientists working on hunter-gatherer societies of Western Europe during the Last Glacial Maximum. The conference is organized by the Interdisciplinary Center for Archaeology and Evolution of Human Behavior (ICArEHB) together with colleagues from the University of Cologne and Neanderthal Museum, and will be hosted at the Universidade do Algarve (Faro, Portugal) from 12th to 14th October 2017.

This year's edition continues a series of conferences on the Solutrean that took first place in Preuilly-sur-Claise, France, in 2007, and subsequently in Vélez-Blanco, Almería, Spain, in 2012.

We invite researchers to submit proposals for oral papers and/or posters presenting case studies, reviews or synthesis on the topics listed below. Submissions can be made here. 

To provide an adequate frame for archaeological studies on the Solutrean, the conference will be devoted to the following topics:

Economy and technology

Raw material studies

Typological and technological studies


Chronology and stratigraphy

New chronometric data

Chrono-cultural models, data revision

Stratigraphic analysis (micromorphology, sedimentology, etc.)


Solutrean neighbors

Contemporaneous occupations in Italy

Contemporaneous occupations in Morocco


Environment and land-use



Economy, site catchment

Paleoclimate modelling


Rock art and mobile art

New findings

Rock art dating


Papers in honor of Lawrence Guy Straus



June 30, 2017

 - Early bird registration deadline

August 2017

 - Preliminary program and information for authors posted on the Solutrean2017 webpage


 - The preliminary program is now available here

 - Information for authors is now available here

 - The conference is now officially sponsored by:

    BAR Publishing

    Vila do Bispo Municipality

    Delta Cafés

    Faro Boutique Hotel