Neanderthal man. Painting by Mauro Cutrona. Courtesy by Marco Peresani, Ferrara University.

Dear Colleagues and Friends,
We are particularly pleased and proud to announce that the President of the Italian Republic, Prof. Sergio Mattarella, has granted his high recognition by conferring to CeSMAP the President’s Medal of Honour for the NeanderART2018 event. The prestigious award is extended to all those who have worked, internationally, to make this Conference possible.
Best regards
Piero Ricchiardi, President – Dario Seglie, Director
CeSMAP, Pinerolo, Italy


Dear Colleagues,

the CeSMAP – Centro Studi e Museo d’Arte Preistorica of Pinerolo, is pleased to announce that the NeanderART 2018 – International Conference will be held in Turin, Italy from August, 22 to August 26, 2018.

This International Conference will continue and expand a debate to be organised by CeSMAP at the XVIII° UISPP mondial Congress in Paris from June 3 to June 9, 2018.

As you can see from the list of the International Conference Committee, the response has been excellent and we anticipate a truly exciting meeting with participants from many different countries. The NeandertART 2018 Conference will offer a unique opportunity to meet colleagues and to combine the exchange of scientific knowledge with the wonderful experience of visiting Italy.

The Field Trips planned for the Conference participants will offer the rare opportunity to inspect two very important Neandertal sites in Europe and discuss their interpretation with the specialists involved in their study.

We look forward to seeing you in Turin, Italy

Prof. Dario Seglie and Dr. Piero Ricchiardi
CeSMAP – IFRAO-UNESCO Liaison Office

“NeanderART2018” – International Conference under the aegis of UISPP (The International Union of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Sciences) and the auspices of IFRAO (The International Federation of Rock Art Organisations);
President of the Scientific Committee: Henry de Lumley, Director of the Institute of Human Palaeontology in Paris.
The Vice Presidents are: Luiz Oosterbeek, Secretary General of the UISPP (The International Union of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Sciences); Giacomo Giacobini, Director of the Human Anatomy Museum, Turin University; Robert Bednarik, Secretary General of the IFRAO (The International Federation of Rock Art Organizations).

Scientific Committee: Juan Luis Arsuaga, Director of the Museum of Human Evolution, Burgos, University of Madrid; Marta Arzarello, University of Ferrara; Hipolito Collado, Director of the Extremadura Archaeological Superintendency; Enrico Comba, University of Turin; Annie Echassoux, Laboratory of Prehistory – Lazaret-Nice; Clive Finlayson, Museum of Gibraltar Director; David Frayer, Kansas University; Jean-Marie Le Tensorer, University of Basel; Daniele Ormezzano, Museum of Natural Science, Turin; Marcel Otte, University of Liege; Marco Peresani, University of Ferrara; Dario Seglie, CeSMAP Director, IFRAO-UNESCO Liaison Officer; Andrea Serafino, DIGSPES – Piemonte Orientale University; Mike Singleton, Louvain University.

Media: Andrew Howley, National Geographic, Washington DC; Maurizio Menicucci, Rai-Tv, Turin.

“Dreaming: Neanderthal” – gravure, 1968, by Tere Grindatto; courtesy of the Author

This conference is organized by Centro Studi e Museo d’Arte Preistorica (CeSMAP), Pinerolo:

“Is there palaeoart before modern humans ?
Did Neandertals or other early humans create ‘art’ ?”

International Conference to be held at the University of Turin, Campus “Luigi Einaudi”, Italy
From 22 to 26 August 2018

Academic sessions will be from 22 to 24 August 2018,
followed by field trips to Neandertal sites on 25 and 26 August (Fumane Cave, Verona, Italy and Ciota Ciara Cave, Borgosesia, Italy).

The three sessions:

1. Changes in environment and human adaptations.

2. Changes in the utilitarian and non-utilitarian productions in two million years of human history.

3. The dawn of art-like productions and behaviours.


Interested researchers are encouraged to submit proposals by e-mail to:

Further information and Registration, please visit the official Website:

Poster composition: Mary Étienne, University of Liege


Other Info:

The Turin University

The Turin University is an university in the city of Turin in the Piedmont region of North-Western Italy. It is one of the oldest universities in Europe, was founded in 1404, and continues to play an important role in research and training.

The Campus Luigi Einaudi is located along the banks of the Dora River not far from the famous Mole Antonelliana, symbol of the city.
Designed by Norman Foster, one of the most important contemporary architects, it has been included among the 10 most spectacular university buildings in the world. The CLE – Campus Luigi Einaudi houses the headquarters of the Schools of Laws, Politics and Economics and related departments.

The campus has modern classrooms, computer and language labs, study rooms and reading rooms, a cafeteria and spacious common areas, an university residence and a canteen in the immediate vicinity. The Campus is home for conferences, exhibitions and national and international meetings; it is made up of seven buildings -surrounded by greenery- that overlook a large internal circular square, and has been designed with particular attention to energy savings issues.


UISPP – The International Union of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Sciences

The International Union of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Sciences (Union Internationale des Sciences Préhistoriques et Protohistoriques – UISPP) was founded on May 28th, 1931, in Berne, and integrates all sciences related to prehistoric and protohistoric development: archaeology, anthropology, palaeontology, geology, zoology, botany, environment, physics, chemistry, geography, history, numismatics, epigraphy, mathematics and other.
Research on adaptation mechanisms and human societies’ behaviour dynamics are at the centre of the scientific interest of UISPP. For this aim, UISPP periodically organises a world congress of prehistoric and protohistoric sciences, on which occasion the progress of knowledge is presented and common research goals are set. For these, UISPP creates scientific commissions devoted to specialised research themes.
UISPP is a member of the Unesco associate International Council of Philosophy and Human Sciences, since September 29th, 1955. As an international association of scholars, its aim is the collaboration of scholars from all countries through initiatives that may contribute for the advancement of prehistoric and protohistoric sciences, based on full academic freedom and refusing any sort of discrimination based on race, philosophical or ideological judgement, ethnic or geographic affiliation, nationality, sex, language or other, since discrimination is, by definition, the negation of the scientific approach. It also rejects any attempts of fictional rewriting of the past or of negationism, and it doesn’t exclude any bona fide scholar from its scientific activities.
Luiz Oosterbeek
Secretary General UISPP


International Federation of Rock Art Organisations (IFRAO)

IFRAO was formed in Darwin, Australia, on 3 September 1988, during the first major international academic conference dedicated entirely to the study of palaeoart. Nine rock art organisations decided to form an international federation of independent national or regional bodies. At the founding meeting it was decided that IFRAO should be a common forum and initiator of policies, projecting or representing the common interests of member organisations without interfering in their autonomy. It would operate as a democratic advisory body in which each member organisation would hold one vote, exercised by an official representative. Internatio­nal meetings would be held by nominating suitable rock art conferences as official IFRAO congresses at regular intervals.
Since then the number of affiliate members has increased more than sixfold to fifty-eight and the current members of IFRAO cover most of the world. The combined memberships of these organisations include practically all such specialists in the world.
One of IFRAO’s initial principal concerns is the standardisation of those aspects of the discipline that are essential for effective communication and collaboration: methodology, terminology, ethics and the technical standards used in analysis and recording. These subjects were addressed through extensive consultation of specialists and, where appropriate, the deliberations of appointed sub-committees. The IFRAO members produce about twenty specialist periodicals, whose flagship is Rock Art Research, the official organ of the federation. IFRAO has been particularly effective in the area of rock art protection and preservation, achieving sometimes spectacular successes, such as the electoral defeat of recalcitrant governments. The federation has become the principal international body pursuing the conservation of rock art effectively.

Robert G. Bednarik
Convener of IFRAO


CeSMAP – Study Centre and Museum of Prehistoric Art, Pinerolo, Italy

CeSMAP, the Study Centre and Museum of Prehistoric Art, was established in 1964 in Pinerolo, Italy, and it is one of the field’s most important institutions in Europe and in the world.
Research led by CeSMAP has considered two different fields: the pre-historic spiritual sphere throughout the millennia, as expressed in rock art, and the evolution of pre- and proto-historic culture in the archaeological, climatic and environmental context of the European Western Alps, as a result of surveys and excavations, from the Upper Palaeolithic Age to the Historic Time.
The rock art Missions of the CeSMAP cover all the continents and the international rock art collections of the Museum of Prehistoric Art of Pinerolo, Italy, are unique in the world in representing this phenomenon.
The specialized library of the CeSMAP, open for scholars and students and on line, owns over 15,000 volumes.
The CeSMAP also organizes temporary exhibitions and cultural events realized in the seventeenth-century Church of St. Augustine and in the medieval Palace of the Senate in Pinerolo. At the Rock Art tridimensional casts are added the archaeological collections of the territory, a paleoanthropological section that presents the physical and cultural evolution of man, from Australopithecus to Homo Sapiens Sapiens. In addition, a Didactical Laboratory allows schools to all types and levels to perform activities led by museum educators.
The commitment of CeSMAP, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Pinerolo, as well as in the field of Rock Art, culminated in the systematic search and territorial excavations.

Since 2002 till 2012, the CeSMAP – under the aegis of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and of the Morocco Ministry of Culture – implement Missions in Africa for the establishment of the National Park of Jbel Sarhro between Atlas and Sahara. From 2014, in progress, the Mission is centred in Ecuador, in cooperation with the Ecuadorian Cultural Heritage Authorities.

CeSMAP has been decorated with the EU-European Union Culture Award 1991 for its long scientific and cultural commitment. It promotes congresses, exhibitions on rock art and on archaeology, anthropology, didactic aids, educational and museum events.
CeSMAP is a founding member of the IFRAO, International Federation of Rock Art Organizations, is the IFRAO Italian Representative and IFRAO-ICOM-UNESCO Liaison Office; CeSMAP is member of UISPP, the International Union of Pre and Proto-historic Science.
Dario Seglie
Director General of the CeSMAP – IFRAO-ICOM-UNESCO Liaison Officer