calpe conference

Calpe 2015

Redefining the Neanderthals

The year, when we are celebrating our 85th anniversary, the Gibraltar Museum has put together a very special and high-profile programme of international speakers who will converge on Gibraltar to discuss the topic of “Redefining the Neanderthals”.

The theme is appropriate at this time for a variety of reasons. Research in the last decade has changed many established concepts of the Neanderthals and some of this research has been carried out in Gibraltar itself.  Second, the nomination for World Heritage Status for the “Gibraltar Neanderthal Caves and Environments” site has now been submitted and is in the process of evaluation. In this context the arrival of the world’s leading specialists in this field for the Calpe Conference serves to highlight the importance which Gibraltar has gained in this field.

The conference will be spread over three days – 24th to 26th September – with a field trip for speakers and invited delegates on the 27th.  Two themes will dominate the sessions: Neanderthal Biology and a second session on Neanderthal Ecology and Behaviour.  Among the speakers will be the main personalities who have been at the forefront of research in the past three decades.  They include:

Professor Christopher Stringer of the Natural History Museum in London,

Professor Milford Wolpoff of the University of Michigan,

Professor Erik Trinkaus of the University of Washington, and

Professor Clive Gamble of the University of Southampton.

Professor Stringer will deliver the opening lecture.

The sessions will include presentations of the latest work on Neanderthal behaviour.  This will include research from Gibraltar and also the latest findings, reported last month from Croatia, of the use of eagle talons for jewellery.  The speakers come from the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Croatia and Professor Gerd-Christian Weniger, Director of the Neanderthal Museum in Germany.

The Gibraltar Museum

18-20 Bomb House Lane

PO Box 939


T: +350 200 74289

F: +350 200 79158