Diario Vasco[es] and Noticias de Gipuzkoa[es] announce a congress for May 18th in Irun, which will be the beginning of a series of four such meetings discussing the origin of the Basques. The workshop has been named Atlantiar International Congress (where Atlantiar is Basque for Atlantic).
Among the participants will be:
- linguist Theo Venneman, who has proposed a Vasconic language family spoken prior to Indoeuropean in Western Europe,
- physician evolved into geneticist Stephen Oppenheimer,
- Smithsonian Institute researchers Dennis Stanford y Margaret Jodry, who are still beating the dead horse of the Clovis-Solutrean hypothesis
- Jose Antonio Mújica (UPV-EHU)
- Andoni Tarriño (Atapuerca's CNIEH)
- Xabier Peñalver (prestigious archaeologist and President of Aranzadi Society of Sciences)
What can I say? I would totally have ignored Standford and Jodry and would have looked for better (even if less hyped) geneticists than Oppenheimer. Also while Atapuerca is no doubt interesting, there's not much that particular site has to say about Basque origins specifically.
But well, some people may still find it interesting. For me Venneman and Peñalver look the really interesting people here (unsure which is the specialty of Mújica, sought for him in Eccelio Science and got no results), unless you are deep into Neanderthals, Antecessors and such, in which case Tarriño is surely the man.
The congress has been organized by Navarrese photographer Xabi Otero.
Further congresses will deal with Neolithic-Metals (late prehistory), Antiquity and Middle Ages and Modern Age respectively.
Hat tip to Pileta[es].