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Wetlands as archives of the cultural landscapes: from research to management
The University of Genoa (Dismec and Dipteris Departments), the Direzione Regionale per i Beni Culturali e Paesaggistici della Liguria and the Liguria Regional Administration are organising an international conference on the archaeology of the wetlands of Liguria. The initiative is linked to the policy of valorising sites and areas of historical and environmental interest along the mountain trekking route called the Alta Via dei Monti Liguri - AVML (The High Way of the Ligurian Mountains), as part of the project Individuation and exploitation of cultural and historical-environmental resources of the AVML (provinces of Genoa and La Spezia).
During the conference there will be a preview of the travelling exhibition Hidden landscapes: wetlands as a heritage to be re-discovered (Paesaggi nascosti: le zone umide un patrimonio da riscoprire). The meeting is one of the results of the recently concluded “Pilot project for the investigation, preservation and management of Ligurian wetlands" (2005-07) (Studio di fattibilità di un progetto per la conoscenza, conservazione e gestione delle zone umide liguri (2005-07). This collaborative research project by the Direzione Regionale per i Beni Culturali e Paesaggistici della Liguria and the University of Genoa (LASA - Dismec and Dipteris Departments) involved geographers, archaeologists, naturalists, historians and geologists, with the common aim of assessing the interest of wetlands as present cultural landscapes and also as archives of environmental resource history. The relationships between wetland sites, their origin and evolution, and the local exploitation of environmental resources over the last 10,000 years were emphasised. The main aim of the project was to improve the knowledge and valorisation of wetlands, especially with reference to their cultural importance (nature, landscape, past management systems, etc.).
The first AEA seminar of the 2008/9 series will be held on 12th March. The title of the seminar, which will be delivered by Dr Amy Bogaard (Oxford) will be: 'Mapping the contours of plant use in an nearly Neolithic farming community in south west Germany'.
The seminar will be held at 5pm in the Sorby Room, Geosciences Building (5) on the Whiteknights Campus, University of Reading and will be followed by a drinks reception sponsored by the AEA.
Campus maps can be found at http://www.reading.ac.uk/about/find/about-findmap.asp#mapwhiteknights.
The Association for Environmental Archaeology (AEA), The Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity, The University of Birmingham and The School of Science and the Environment, Bath Spa University are pleased to announce an AEA one day Spring Meeting On Saturday the 28th of March 2009.
Traditionally, the spring meeting normally consists of a number of 15-20 minute papers on a range of subjects and is a venue for the presentation of ‘work in progress' and first papers by research students on a variety of subjects. Papers from research students or more established colleagues presenting preliminary results are most welcome.
Spring conferences often have a themed mini-section reflecting the research interests of the hosts. This year we would like to explore the theme of 'modern analogue studies'. These studies underlie much of our interpretations about the past, especially in environmental/ geoarchaeological disciplines, and have gained increasing importance in the last few years. In addition to their role in terms of elucidating taphonomic effects they have been increasingly used as a way of defining possible ‘fingerprints' (indicator packages) for past materials/ activities or as an an ‘actualistic' test of past behaviour/ activity to refine our current interpretations of the past. Papers which address this theme will be very welcome.
The conference will be hosted by the Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity at the University of Birmingham . It will take place in Lecture Room 3 the Arts Faculty Building (building R16 on the campus map) on the University Main Campus at Edgbaston. Directions to the Arts Building and the University can be found at http://www.bham.ac.uk/about/maps/
The conference fee will be £27.50 and includes coffee / tea at arrival, mid-morning and afternoon. A two course ‘finger buffet' lunch is also included in the price. The Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity is also offering to cover the conference fee for the first 10 students to book a place.
The University of Birmingham can offer a limited amount of overnight accommodation in the Conference Park . This is charged at the rate of £75.00 for a single room and £95.00 for a double.
An on-line registration form for this conference is available at http://www.iaa.bham.ac.uk/aea2009/ and from the AEA website
This should be returned by email to email@example.com by Wednesday the 11th of March 2009. Overnight accommodation will need to be booked no later than the 20th of February 2009.
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Provisional list of papers
A truly interdisciplinary event – hosted by the Departments of Archaeology and Geography
Papers are invited on any topic, but especially:
For expressions of interest and further details contact:
email : firstname.lastname@example.org
The annual residential meeting of the AEA - our 30th Anniversary symposium - will be held at the University of York , York , UK , 3rd-5th September 2009. For more information and a downloadable registration form, please go to http://www.york.ac.uk/depts/arch/AEA30/registration.html. NB We would like to have registrations from those requiring accommodation on campus by 31st May.
We are planning two full days of papers aligned to the following loose themes:
Thread 1: Environmental Archaeology, climatic change and sustainability: past and present
Thread 2: Environmental Archaeology and developer-funded research: constraints and opportunities
Thread 3: General session: research and advances in Environmental Archaeology
We welcome offers of papers (15-20 mins duration) and posters: please use the booking form on the conference web site to offer a paper or poster and to make a booking for accommodation. The link from the registration page to ‘Abstracts' will give guidance as to what we information we need.
We do not propose to produce a conference volume as such, but papers (subject to the usual refereeing processes) are always welcomed by the Editors of the AEA's journal Environmental Archaeology and we would urge contributors of papers to consider this route.
A Conference Dinner will be held on the evening of Friday 4th September and the Association's Annual General Meeting will also be held during the conference.
Combined costs for full board – accommodation and meals (including Conference Dinner) – and registration fee for the whole meeting (Thursday afternoon to Saturday afternoon) is £216 for AEA members, with a reduction for student, unwaged and retired members to £196 and a slightly higher charge (£236) for non-members. Delegates may pay a (similarly tiered) daily rate to attend the meeting if they do not require accommodation.
In view of the anniversary nature of the meeting, we would also like to gather images from previous meetings. If you have any images – preferably electronic – relevant to past meetings of the AEA (but none which might result in litigation!) send them, with a caption if appropriate, to the organisers for inclusion in a poster to be mounted during the meeting.
On the morning of Sunday 6th. September delegates will be able to visit the York Archaeological Trust's long-term excavations at Hungate in the city (please remember to indicate whether you are interested in this on the booking form, and bear in mind that you will need an extra night's accommodation if you are staying till the Sunday). Otherwise, there is plenty to do and see as a ‘archaeo-tourist’ in York.
AEA Conference Fund
The AEA has £750 to disburse (in five £150 allocations) to members of the Association who need assistance in attending the meeting. Priority will be given to those with limited alternative sources of funding (particularly postgraduate students and those in the commercial field). Links from the conference web page provide more information and an application form.
We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible in York this September!
The Polish Association of Environmental Archaeology (SAS)
kindly invite you to the 15th Meeting of the ICAZ Fish Remains Working Group (FRWG)
We plan 2-3 days of paper presentations (20-25 minutes) and posters with the main focus on the following topics:
We request all colleagues, who would like to present a paper and/or a poster, to send us a long abstract of 2-4 pages , including figures and bibliography, if appropriate. The abstracts will be included in a conference book. Please send them to the contact address below. Deadline for Abstracts (Papers and Posters) is the 15 June 2009.
The conference fee is expected to be around 150 €, and 100 € for students. It will cover coffee breaks, meals, reception and conference pack with the abstracts book.
We have booked rooms for participants in two hotels:
a) single 35-40 EUR, b) double 55-65 EUR (both variants with breakfast).
Contacts will also be made with high standard hotels (3 or 4 stars).
Registration form with details on accommodation will be sent soon.
Colleagues who need financial support are kindly requested to specify by the end of January 2009 the kind of help they would need: conference fee, accommodation and meals, participation in fieldtrip.
For the Meeting presentations English is preferred . If French, Spanish, German or Russian are used, participants are kindly requested to provide English titles, abstracts, captions in figures and so on.
The meeting will be followed by a two days fieldtrip that is expected to cost about 130-150 EUR per person. Details will follow in the second circular.
If you want to attend the meeting, please, send the following information to