The AEA

The AEA promotes the advancement of the study of human interaction with the environment in the past through archaeology and related disciplines.

We hold annual conferences and other meetings, produce a quarterly newsletter for members, and publish our conference monographs, as well as our journal - Environmental Archaeology: The journal of human palaeoecology.

AEA membership is open to all those actively involved or interested in any aspect of environmental archaeology.

Introducing the journal

AEA Spring Conference, April 2016

This year the spring conference will take place in Kirkwall, Orkney, along with the meeting of the Professional Zooarchaeology Group and the Archaeomalacology Working Group

After receiving a substantial number of abstracts, we have extended the AEA conference to two full days on the 1st and 2nd of April. A wine reception and plenary lecture will take place on the evening of Friday the 1st of April. After the final day of talks on the 2nd, we will have a ‘taste of Orkney’ conference dinner at the nearby Lynnfield Hotel. On the 3rd of April, we will hold the Professional Zooarchaeology Group meeting, while simultaneously providing a field trip option for those wishing to explore more of Orkney. On the evening of the 3rd we will have a reception at the Stromness Museum which houses superb natural history collections. Field trips will again be available on the 4th of April, and on the 5th and 6th of April the Archaeomalacology Working Group meeting will then take place.

Spring Conference website

37th AEA Annual Conference, Sept. 2016

Sept 29 – October 1, 2016, Rome

Synthesis and Change in Palaeo-Environmental studies in the Mediterranean

The discipline of environmental archaeology is approaching a number of cross roads that will challenge its existence and relevance in a world where humanities funding is shrinking, while archaeological scientific method is expanding. The former makes project funding difficult, especially for environmental work, the latter offers a myriad of increased interpretational possibilities, but with a cost, as well as methodological challenges. Archaeological funding generally is diminishing world-wide, although European funding appears to be increasing in the Horizon 2020 program for projects that will ‘make heritage a more economic and cultural social benefit.’ How environmental archaeologists respond to these challenges from both research and policy/strategy viewpoints in the next few years will be very important. To this end, this year's annual conference will be devoted to both of these issues – exploring them individually, and also in an integrated manner.

Click here to go the conference website for more details, including registration deadlines.