Open Science Practices in Environmental Archaeology – Online in 2021

The AEA Spring Conference 2021 will now take place online on Saturday 24th April 2021.

A revised programme and call for additional contributions will be circulated in Autumn.

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).

AEA Webinars 2020

Final program

Dear All,

As you are aware, we had to postpone the 41st Association for Environmental Archaeology fall meeting to be held in Groningen, The Netherlands, to 2021. We have however been able to come up with a great alternative. Based on the four themes planned for the conference, we will organize four webinars, to be held in September and October. Each session will have a keynote speaker (30 minutes) addressing the various aspects of sustainability and environmental archaeology. This presentation will be followed by two presentations (15 minutes each) by early career researchers (ECRs), preferably PhD students in the final stages of their research.

To attend the AEA webinars registration is required. Registration is free for both AEA members and non-AEA members. Through the registration we will forward you a link a couple days ahead of each webinar that allows you to join the session.

The link for the registration is:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScWHef9_kQEao_xVLLVVL2O5BzRPPZPHjdR44–oUEcE9tA5g/viewform?usp=sf_link

Sessions:

Session 1: September 15th 7pm (CET) – Sustainability of the Profession – Dr Gill Campbell – Historic England & Chair of the AEA

Session 2: September 29th 7pm (CET) – Sustainability in the Past – Dr Kristina Douglass – Pennsylvania State University

Session 3: October 13th 7pm (CET) – Sustainability and the Environment: Dr Camilla Speller – University of British Columbia

Session 4: October 27th 7 pm (CET) – Social Sustainability: Prof. Christine Hastorf – University of California, Berkeley

The full program is available here: 41st AEA Webinars program

Biographies of the keynote speakers are available here: Keynote speaker biographies


The goal of this conference is to address sustainability in the field of environmental archaeology. Sustainability is a key issue in societal, political, and scientific debate. The pressing need to create a more sustainable future is reflected in the United Nations’ ‘urgent call to action’ detailed in seventeen SDGs. This raises the question of how the issue of “sustainability” is or should be incorporated into archaeological research, practice, and discourse.

The seventeen goals and the concept of “sustainability” will be central to the 2020 AEA webinars. They are addressed and explored through four themes: “Sustainability of the Profession”, “Sustainability in the Past”, “Sustainability and the Environment”, and “Social Sustainability”. Through these themes the webinars will revolve around the concept ‘sustainable environmental archaeology’, exploring it from different perspectives and topics.

For more information see: https://envarch.net/events/41st-aea-conference-groningen/

Best wishes,

The 41st AEA Organization team (Nathalie Brusgaard, Canan Çakirlar, Merit Hondelink, Youri van den Hurk, Arnoud Maurer, Mans Schepers, Taravat Talebi Seyyedsaran, and Francesca Slim)

Open Science Practices in Environmental Archaeology – Call for Papers now open

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).

Please send a title and abstract of up to 250 words to aea2020spring@gmail.com by 6th December 2019

40th AEA Conference – Early Bird Registration Rates End Soon

The AEA40 Conference in Sheffield is receiving loads of registrations every day. If you’ve not yet registered, make it quick. Early Bird rates end 1st September 2019.

Find out more about the conference, including the preliminary programme, and register at
https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/archaeology/events/aea40

Abstract deadline extended for the 40th AEA Conference

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!

Abstracts can be submitted through our online form, with further details on our website: www.sheffield.ac.uk/archaeology/events/aea40. And whether you intend to present or not, don’t forget to register for the conference.

– The AEA40 Organising Committee

Registration Open for AEA Spring Conference in Cork

Click here to register online via Eventbrite.

Short List for #ScientistsandSamples photo competition – VOTE NOW

#ScientistsandSamples

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 envarch@envarch.net.

Prizes: 1st Prize – £50; 2nd Prize – £30 and 3rd Prize – £20.

Closing date for your votes: 15th March 2019


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VOTE FOR YOUR TOP THREE!

Cast your vote by emailing envarch@envarch.net with your top three choices

Keep an eye out for further information on our social media: Twitter and Facebook

Abstract Deadline Extended – 39th AEA Conference

The abstract deadline for the 39th Conference of the Association for Environmental Archaeology has been extended to 26th September 2018.

Find out about the conference, register and submit your abstract at http://conferences.au.dk/aea2018/.

Photo competition #ScientistsandSamples

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.

 

Enter the competition here!

Prizes: 1st Prize – £50; 2nd Prize – £30 and 3rd Prize – £20.

 

Biomarker of the Anthropocene – the results are in!

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.

You can still listen/view the mini-podcasts on our YouTube channel and SoundCloud page.

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