Open Science Practices in Environmental Archaeology – Call for Papers now open
The AEA Spring Conference 2020 will be taking place at the University of Oxford on Saturday 28th March, 2020.
All aspects of Environmental Archaeology have a shared reliance on the creation, curation and analysis of quantitative datasets – from counts of molluscs and pollen, to isotope ratios and morphometrics. Too often, this data is hidden behind paywalls, difficult to reuse or simply not made available. This conference will discuss the current state of data in Environmental Archaeology and how open science practices can improve the reliability and reproducibility of research. Issues to be discussed include the standardisation of data recording, data sharing, data repositories, linked open data, the creation and longevity of databases and reproducible analysis (Rstats). Papers are also welcomed on any aspects of open research, including open methods, open data, open access publishing and open education across Environmental Archaeology (as broadly conceived).
We have had an amazing range of presentations submitted to the 40th AEA Conference. Just in case a few of you have just missed the deadline, however, we have decided to make a short extension for abstract submissions.
You now have until Noon, Wednesday 10th July to submit your abstracts.
We would love to have your contributions to the conference, including poster presentations. So don’t delay!
We asked for your stunning photos of scientists and samples and you delivered! It could have been something as simple as sampling in action, processing and sorting a sample or analysing a sample; or it could be a more imaginative take on the title. We also wanted to see the people as well as the samples or sampling in process. Here is the shortlist of the top five entrants, keep an eye out on our Twitter and Facebook feeds for your chance to vote for your favourite, or simply email your top three choices to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have you got a stunning photo of a scientist and a sample?
It could be something as simple as sampling in action, processing and sorting a sample or analysing a sample; or it could be a more imaginative take on the title. We want to see people as well as the samples/sampling. When you’ve chosen your photo/s, then submit them to the Association for Environmental Archaeology photo competition!
The top 12 photos will be chosen by the Association for Environmental Archaeology (AEA) committee, these will then go out to a public vote, with the winner being announced at the 39th Association for Environmental Archaeology Conference hosted at Moesgaard Museum (MOMU) and Aarhus University ‘Moesgaard Campus’ in Denmark on 29th November to 1st December 2018. The competition is only open to members of the AEA.
As part of Science Week 2018, the Association for Environmental Archaeology asked what is the best Biomarker of the Anthropocene?
The winner of the popular vote was wheat, followed closely by the broiler chicken. Dung fungi came third and dung beetles in fourth position. We hope you enjoyed the discussions. Environmental archaeologists have lots to contribute to the debate concerning the Anthropocene, as has been demonstrated by these discussions.
The AEA Committee would like to thank everyone who took part, in particular our proposers.
The outline programme for the upcoming AAE spring conference Pests of Society, to be held at the University of Birmingham on 21st April 2018, has just been released. You can find out more about the conference on our events pages and view the programme here. We look forward to welcoming you to the conference next month!
As part of Science Week 2018, the Association for Environmental Archaeology is asking you to choose your favourite Biomarker of the Anthropocene.
In two-minute mini-podcasts, leading environmental archaeologists present the case for their favourite Anthropocene biomarker. See if you agree with them and then vote for one of them over on the Twitter poll pinned to the @EnvArch profile page.