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Inora Newsletter #43
Meeting - Announcement

INTERNATIONAL CUPULE CONFERENCE IN 2007

The Cochabamba Rock Art Research Association (AEARC) invites cupule experts from all over the world to the International Cupule Conference, to be held in Cochabamba (Bolivia - South America) from 17th July to 23rd July 2007. Cupules are one of the most common forms of rock art and have so far received very little attention. They are found in most countries and belong to different cultural periods. AEARC considers that a specialist gathering is urgently required in order to exchange experiences regarding the research carried out so far in different countries.

The International Cupule Conference will take place in the city of Cochabamba situated in a beautiful valley in Central Bolivia. This region presents a huge variety of cupule sites which vary in their antiquity, symbolism and functionality. Three days of the conference will be dedicated to the different symposia and the remaining four days to the excursions to cupule areas. Cupule experts are invited to present papers in the following symposia:

Cupules and their antiquity (dating).
Possible symbolism of cupules.
Possible function of cupules.
The re-use of cupules (ethnographic research).
Different types of cupules and their combination with other types of rock art.
Natural cupules (non-anthropic).
Replication work with cupules.
The taphonomy of cupules.
Cupules and rock gongs (lithophones).
Cupules and their lithologies (the importance of understanding
the relationship between cupules and the rock types they are found on).
Different types of cupules in Bolivia.

The ten first symposia will be for the international experts that will participate. English will be the main language. All papers will be of an international scientific standard. The last symposium (on cupules in Bolivia) will be reserved for AEARC's and other Bolivian researchers and will have an introductory purpose for the excursions. Spanish will be the language with simultaneous translation into English.

The participation fee for the international experts will be $US100 (one hundred North American Dollars), which can be paid during the first day of the Conference. Papers, not exceeding 20 pages, should be sent before 31st March 2007. Any enquiries can be addressed to:


Prof. Roy QUEREJAZU LEWIS,
President - AEARC.
Postal address: AEARC, Casilla 4243, Cochabamba, Bolivia.
E-mail: aearc@hotmail.com



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