Members of the Landscape Archaeology Research Group (GIAP) of the Catalan Institute of Classical Archaeology (ICAC) are organising the 43rd edition of the AEA's annual meeting, which will be held in Tarragona (Spain) on 24–26 November 2023.
Registration and call for papers will open soon!
Title: Telling environmental archaeology stories
Dates: 24–26 November 2023
Host institution: Catalan Institute of Classical Archaeology (ICAC), Tarragona, Spain
Location: Palau Firal i de Congressos de Tarragona, Carrer Arquitecte Rovira, 2, 43001 Tarragona
Organisers: Landscape Archaeology Research Group (GIAP). Organisation committee in alphabetical order: Giannis Apostolou, Theoni Baniou, Lídia Colominas, Charlotte Diffey, Maria Ferrer Bonet, Abel Gallego, Darío Herranz Rodrigo, Alexandra Livarda, Alfredo Mayoral, Hèctor A. Orengo, Valentina Pescini
Scientific committee: Lídia Colominas, Charlotte Diffey, Alexandra Eleftheria Kriti, Alexandra Livarda, Alfredo Mayoral, Patricia Vandorpe, Federica Riso, Laura Strolin & Patricia Vandorpe
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The conference will start in the afternoon of Friday 24 November 2023 with a keynote lecture. The main conference programme will follow on 25–26 November. The conference will end at noon on Sunday 26 November.
Registration will open soon: watch out for news on the conference page!
Abstract and call for papers
The interpretation of sites, soils, stratigraphies, cultural artifacts and bioarchaeological remains using archaeological methods provides a rich source of material to investigate past behaviours and ultimately explain the human stories behind scientific data. The increasing interdisciplinarity and the development of new methodologies to treat archaeological primary data have opened new possibilities to deepen our interpretations and go one step further in understanding our cultural heritage. Greater engagement in theoretical debates and approaches has further contributed to a multivocality and a proliferation of narratives that entangle different scales of analysis to explain the past. Environmental archaeology has made great strides, moving on from the ‘appendix’ of site reports listing species, to occupying an important role and shedding light from different angles on key archaeological questions.
In this conference, we seek to explore the contributions of environmental archaeology to these ‘stories’ of the past. The aim will be to move the focus away from the data, techniques, and methodological advances to the narrative, to explore how our research has helped explain and interpret the past and which are our key contributions in creating history. Another important area will be the examination of effective communication strategies of our stories and research achievements to colleagues of other academic fields and the public and how these can contribute real impact on modern society through either a better understanding of the past or lessons and practical guidance for the future.
We are calling for papers that employ environmental archaeology in its broader sense to investigate or propose new interpretations/hypotheses on:
In relation to the theme ‘communicating environmental archaeology stories’, papers are also welcome on:
The abstract submission guidelines will open soon.
Tarragona is a port city located in northeast Spain by the Mediterranean Sea. Tarraco, as it was known in Roman times, provides an eloquent and unprecedented testimony to an important stage in the history of the Mediterranean in antiquity. In 2000, UNESCO declared its archaeological sites a World Heritage Site.
Tarraco was a little Rome, open to the Mediterranean and with a particularly pleasant climate, that is, a good place to live and prosper. This is still the spirit of the city today. Walking through the streets and squares of the medieval city or contemplating the horizons over the Mare Nostrum, you can relive the pleasant and beneficent city that has inspired travellers, artists & chefs. In Tarragona, history comes out of stones and books and comes to life in its people, cuisine and landscapes.
This still holds true nowadays, with the NYTimes including Tarragona as one of the 52 places to go in 2023.
Registration open for the AEA Virtual Spring Conference 2023
The AEA Virtual Spring Conference will be taking place online on 13 May 2023, with optional Basic R training sessions on 14 and 15 May 2023.
Title: Data Science in Environmental Archaeology
Organisers: Emma Karoune, Matt Law
Following our highly successful Spring conference in 2021 on Open Science Practices in Environmental Archaeology, we want to extend this topic by focusing this year's spring conference on the applications of and innovations in data science approaches to environmental archaeology.
In this conference we would like to explore how environmental archaeologists as a community are dealing with data and using data in their research. This is data science in the broad sense. We are looking for new directions and initiatives around data science, including new methods and types of analysis, new ways to manage data, implementation of new data stewardship approaches, and new ways to share and publish data.
Data is at the heart of all of our research and it is a precious commodity that should be treated with the same care as archaeological remains. To get the most out of our data and to be able to integrate different types of data together, we need to think about how it is structured and how we can best manage data. As the size and breadth of data grows, what new ways can be developed to interrogate our data to generate new insights? What new perspectives from the past emerge from bringing disparate datasets together or re-analysing existing datasets? And what are these new approaches that we might want to exploit for data integration and novel research?
The programme is now available for the AEA Spring Conference - click here to view the programme.
Both the conference and R training workshop are free to AEA members!
Members can register for free here: https://forms.gle/4TRNK8VrszBwhtCb7
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Why not become an AEA member?
Annual membership of the AEA starts at just £25 (concessionary rate for online-only access to the journal), and goes up to £45 (to include a print copy of the journal).
If you join prior to registration for the spring conference, you will be entitled to free attendance to both the conference and workshop as part of your membership.
Other benefits include access to our journal Environmental Archaeology, reduced conference rates, our newsletter, and voting at AGM. Members are also eligible to apply for Research grant schemes and student members can apply for bursaries to attend AEA conferences.
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Arivruaich, Isle of Lewis. Photo: copyright Steve Forden, published with permission.
The 42nd Conference of the Association for Environmental Archaeology will be held on 2–4 December 2022, with an optional fieldtrip on Monday 5 December 2022
Title: The environmental archaeology of landscapes and land-use
Host institutions: University of Glasgow and University of Pennsylvania, USA (remotely)
Organisers: Nicki Whitehouse, Matt Jacobson, Gareth Beale (University of Glasgow); Xiaolin Ren (University of Glasgow and Chinese Academy of Sciences); Kathy Morrison (University of Pennsylvania)
Humans do not live in isolation from nature. In this conference, we would like to explore our changing relationships with landscapes and land-use, and consider how humans and non-humans have developed entangled and complex relationships with other beings. We are interested in the ways archaeology can enable us to examine these relationships in the past, especially when it comes to more creative ways to think about landscapes and human activities within them.
An important area where we have impacted landscapes is around changing land-use, often instigated by agricultural practices. What have the effects of these activities been on our landscapes and how have these been shaped by cultural activities and human agency? Major historical transitions, such as the start of the Neolithic, and technological advances, such as intensification of agriculture or urbanisation processes, have driven major changes in land-use. Thus, human land-use activities are known drivers of vegetation change and can also produce potentially significant levels of greenhouse gases. How can we improve our understanding of these effects from analyses of archaeological and palaeoecological records?
Finally, an additional interest is around what we can learn from approaches developed within the digital humanities, for example, in thinking about and interpreting human relationships to landscapes and places?
The conference will showcase research that explores our relationships to landscapes and land-use to consider how we have shaped our modern world and its current ecological and climate crisis. We are interested in hearing about research that investigates the environmental archaeology of landscapes and land-use studies that utilise archaeological and historical evidence, including texts, maps, images, settlement datasets, artefacts, plant and animal remains, biomolecular evidence, taking a variety of perspectives; we are also keen to welcome contributions from the digital humanities that engage with these lines of evidence as well as the broader themes of the conference.
We are looking for papers that consider:
The deadline for abstracts is now closed.
The conference will start early evening on Friday 2 December 2022, opening with a keynote lecture and followed by a wine reception at the University of Glasgow. The main conference programme will follow over 3–4 December, finishing by 4pm. There will be a conference dinner on the evening of 3 December (up to 60 participants).
On Monday 5 December there will be an optional fieldtrip to Kilmartin Glen and nearby monuments; this will be led by Dr Kenny Brophy and Dr Nicki Whitehouse, with a stop en route at Inveraray.
The final programme is available to download.
A livestream link for the conference is available to AEA members via the members' page. Please note, however, that there is no technical support for this system. The livestream is offered free of charge to AEA members, but the conference organisers are not able to deal with any issues related to it.
The deadline for registration has now passed.
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