Forthcoming Events & Conferences
in association with UK Archaeological Science
University of Cardiff (UK)
11-14, April 2013
The Primary aim of this conference is to promote collaboration and dialogue between archaeological scientists and highlight the synergy of environmental archaeological research by hosting a joint conference. One day of the conference will focus on archaeological science in environmental archaeology and individual day rates will be available to allow a broad spectrum of participants to attend.
First Call for Papers - Abstract submission deadline 18th December 2012
Please send proposals for papers and posters to UKAS2013@cardiff.ac.uk
The organising committee invites oral and poster presentations from all areas of archaeological and environmental science but particularly around the themes of:
Abstracts should be sent as text documents (preferably word format) by 18th December 2012. Please include a title, complete name(s) of author(s), affixation(s), and full postal and email addresses. Abstracts should be a maximum of 200 words and contain a clear description of the topic of the presentation.
The conference programme will strat with a public archaeological science event and reception and then devote three days to presentations and discussions. Further details will also be posted on the Archaeology and Conservation, University of Cardiff website
We will be pleased to respond to informal enquires (to be directed to the email address UKAS2013@cardiff.ac.uk
Conference organisers: Penny Bickle, Dani Hofmann, Jane Henderson, Paul Nicholson, Rebecca Nicholson, Richard Madgwick, Yiota Manti, Steve Mills, Jacqui Mulville, Dave Watkinson, Tim Young. c/o Archaeology, Cardiff University, Humanities Building, CF10 2TN.
Kiel University (Germany)
15-18, April 2013
The Graduate School "Human Development in Landscapes" at Kiel University is glad to announce the International Open Workshop "Socio-Environmental Dynamics over the Last 12.000 Years: The Creation of Landscapes III", which will take place from the 15th to the 18th of April, 2013 at Kiel University. In its third edition the single sessions will cover aspects of Palaeolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithic, Bronze and Iron Age studies as well as aspects of Greek and Roman history. Further sessions will deal with diachronic approaches or methodological questions concerning, for example, data management.
We invite researchers to participate in any of the 15 sessions and send their abstracts in English by the 4th of January, 2013.
The Graduate School will offer travel grants for outstanding abstracts submitted by doctoral students. You can find further information about the Call for Abstracts and the sessions here:www.workshop-gshdl.uni-kiel.de
AEA Autumn Conference
Social space and environment: landscape reconstruction in environmental archaeology
Kiel University (Germany)
27-29, September 2013
Environmental archaeology is expanding beyond a collection of analytical approaches used to reconstruct palaeo-environments. A more holistic approach is evolving that integrates the reconstruction of landscapes at the interface of the natural environment and anthropogenic social space. This conference will explore how environmental dynamics and cultural processes shape the natural landscape, and how the shaped environment informs the configuration of human social terrains. Next to the organic and inorganic physical conditions, social values and individual as well as societal knowledge are increasingly recognised as the impetus for past landscape formation. The focus on monuments as landmarks that visualise social spaces in Northern European megalithic societies is one example for an integrated research design that links analyses of social differentiation with research on changing environmental conditions: Here, ritual spaces can be separated from economic spaces. Past human activity has lead to the establishment of increasingly diverse habitats for wild and domestic plants, animals, and for man; the new physical habitats influenced societal knowledge and possibly stimulated technical innovations.
The application of agriculture, as human-environment interaction, is one expression of the establishment, maintenance and reproduction of social relations. Thus, the environmental settings influence the range of social practices. From this given examples, we would like to open the stage for presentations on integrative environmental-archaeological research, to address questions such as: What are the underlying processes for the environmental dynamics and the cultural processes that influence the shaping of landscapes in space and time? Are complex societies developing in a social frame, independent from environments? How far do the natural settings predefine decisions of ancient societies? How do we identify complex societal structures and can we trace the individual in the bio-archaeological record? We invite, in particular, papers that explore different lines of evidence, integrating the analysis and interpretation of bio-archaeological proxies with the reconstruction of social space; the latter including, besides functional interpretations of ancient economies, the embedding of ancient ideological concepts or values in individuals and societies.
1. Social space in farming communities
2. Social consequences of pollution and environmental restrictions
3. Novel methods and proxies to assess societal and environmental change
4. Modelling ancient landscapes: Natural, social, and economic factors on human behaviour and the development of social groups
Organising committee: Wiebke Kirleis, Walter Dörfler, Johannes Müller, Mara Weinelt
Institute of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Archaeology/Graduate School Human Development in Landscapes and Ingmar Unkel, Institute for Ecosystem Research/ Graduate School Human Development in Landscapes