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Saturday April 16th 2011. Venue: Old Music Room, St John's College, Cambridge, UK
Theme: The Archaeology of Hunger.
The conference will start at 9.30 for 10.00am.
Please would those wishing to present papers send titles and abstracts to Dr Preston Miracle (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 31 March, 2011.
Presentations will be 20 minutes long with 10 minutes for discussion.
Conference fee: £33.00 to include morning and afternoon tea/coffee and a light lunch.
Please email Preston Miracle (email@example.com) to reserve a place and arrange payment.
The Old Music Room, seats 40. There is easy public parking nearby at the Park Street garage.
The 34th Annual Meeting of the Society of Ethobiology “Historical and Archaeological Perspectives in Ethnobiology” will be held from May 4– May 7, 2011 in Columbus, Ohio. We welcome all papers that touch on relationships between humans and other organisms, both past and present. In keeping with the conference theme, we are particularly interested in soliciting presentations that address the following topics and approaches:
Our annual conference banquet will be held on Friday evening, May 6th, at 6:00pm at the conference venue (the Hyatt Regency). This is a great opportunity to visit with friends (or make new ones) and reflect upon the conference while enjoying a meal with fellow conference-goers.
Participate in incredible field trips to Magee Marsh Wildlife Area on Lake Erie, Larksong Farm in Fredricksburg, Ohio, or Hopewell Culture National Historic Park.
Deadline for abstracts: February 15, 2011.
or information, see http://ethnobiology.org/conference/upcoming
The international conference on the Prehistory of wetlands
The international conference on the Prehistory of wetlands, with a particular focus on the exploitation of salt, will be held in Setúbal, from 19th to 21st May 2011 and will be organized by the Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography of the District of Setúbal (MAEDS), in partnership with SIMARSUL (Multimunicipal Integrated Wastewater Setúbal Peninsula, SA).
The decision to organize this conference resulted from the development of a research project developed by MAEDS, on the site of Ponta da Passadeira (Barreiro), from the Late Neolithic / Chalcolithic periods, located in the Tagus estuary, and dedicated to the exploitation of salt. This site, similar to those of the Guadalquivir and Sado estuaries (Marismilla and Possanco), helped to establish a socioterritorial division of labour in the Iberian Peninsula at the end of the fourth and third millennia BC
Phone: +351 265 239 365 / +351 265 534 029
email: firstname.lastname@example.orgWeb: http://prehistoryofwetlands.com/EN/index.html
The Conference is dedicated to Professor Krystyna Wasylikowa
Call for papers
Urban archaeological sites are important archives for different kinds of environmental data describing living conditions in the past as well as the different use of plants and animals by ancient societies. They are distinct in several specific features which determine not only a range of scientific problems that may be investigated but also clearly defined methodological problems. Topics based on archaeobotany, archaeozoology, dendrochronology, anthropology, geoarchaeology and other disciplines related to urban sites are expected. Special attention will be paid to examples of multidisciplinary approaches successfully integrating the results of different environmental analyses and archaeological data. The Conference will be an occasion to present and discuss all aspects of scientific co-operation related to the environmental archaeology of urban sites, stimulating further development in this field.
Laboratory of Palaeoecology and Archaeobotany Department of Plant Ecology University of Gdańsk, Poland
Polish Association for Environmental Archaeology
Archaeological Museum in Gdańsk www.archeologia.pl
For more information please visit: www.archbot.ug.edu.pl
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N2 – Climate and Civilization. Holocene climatic changes and human exploitation of the landscape between the Mediterranean and the Near East: a geoarchaeological approach
In order to build up models for a sustainable development of Earth’s resources, it is necessary to understand the mechanisms leading humankind to take progressively the control over the environment and, in some cases, to modify the climate dynamics. In this frame great interest has the relationships between human activities and their effects on the environment, and the climate changes recorded for the Holocene. During the session we would like to compare what happened in the Mediterranean region and in the Near East, and put in evidence any possible human influence on the climate system occurred well before Industrial Revolution.
This call for papers is addressed to Earth Scientists (geologists, geomorphologists, palaeoclimatologists, sedimentologists) and archaeologists working on issues of relationships between man and environment in the past, exploitation of natural resources, and settlement patterns of archaeological communities. Special emphasis should be on the circum-Mediterranean regions, where the effects of climate changes on the landscape and the cultural dynamics are well known.
Oral and poster presentations on general/methodological researches and case studies are welcome, possibly covering different chronological periods and geographical areas. We would greatly appreciate presentations dedicated to key periods and events dating to the late Quaternary: the 8.2 event, the Neolithization and the origin of agriculture, the genesis of the oases in arid lands, the beginning of the Metal Age, and similar.
We are planning to publish selected papers presented at Conference and other solicited papers on special topics in a Special Issue international journal or Special Publication (papers will be in English and peer reviewed).
We would appreciate if you would advise us (via email@example.com) whether you would be interested in participating and presenting a paper at the Conference and/or submitting a paper for publication even if you would not be able to come to Turin for the Conference. We will need this preliminary expression of interest to prepare an application for publication for a Society/Publisher. We will then keep you informed on the progress of the project.
For further information please do not hesitate to contact us.
Please consider the next deadlines for the Geoitalia 2011 conference:
31 March 2011 deadline for registration and payment of reduced fees.
16 May 2011 deadline for abstract submission (electronic submission only).
Registration and abstract submission at:
We hope to meet you in Turin!
We'd like to advise you of the 4th Archaeological Conference of Central Germany. It takes place in October 14th-16th, 2011 in Halle (Saale) Saxony-Anhalt, Germany and has the topic "1600 - Cultural change in the shadow of the Thera-Eruption?".
The cultural upheavals in the Eastern Mediterranean around 1600 BC have long been associated with the epoch making eruption of the Thera/Santorini volcano. The question whether these cultural changes and concurrent transformations in the rest of Europe can be linked to this volcanic catastrophe and the resulting climatic event will be the focus of a lively and controversial debate between volcanologists, climatologists and archaeologists.
As attached file the program-flyer as pdf can be found. Together with current information it is also available on our website. There the online-registration is possible too.
Both sections of the conference program are filled with lectures yet. But by presenting posters we want to provide an additional platform to present your projects or research results according to this year's topic. Poster summaries can be submitted until July 22th. An article on it will be published in the proceedings of the conference.
Anna Swieder, wiss. Mitarbeiterin
Landesamt für Denkmalpflege und Archäologie Sachsen-Anhalt
CALL FOR PAPERS
We are happy to announce that the autumn meeting of the Association for Environmental Archaeology will take place at the VU University in Amsterdam, on Friday 21 October 2011 and Saturday 22 October 2011. On Friday, the first two sessions will take place, followed by a welcome reception. On Saturday, the final two sessions are scheduled, with a conference dinner in the evening. On Sunday, there is the option of taking part in one of two excursions (Hortus botanicus in Amsterdam or the nature reserve Oostvaardersplassen).
Proposals for papers or posters can now be submitted, and registration is possible via our website www.acvu.nl/aea2011 (available in first week of February)
THEME: Subsistence and surplus production
Everyone needs food. How people produced or acquired their food in the past is one the main questions in archaeology. Since environmental archaeology focuses for a large extent on food remains and means of production, this research field of archaeology provides the best chances for studying food production.
The landscape with its relief, soil types, soil fertility and water levels forms the framework for the possibilities for food production. Man can adapt the landscape to a certain level in order to increase food production. It is clear that people in the past had an impact on the landscape in this way, for instance by digging ditches to drain marshes or by fertilizing fields with mineral, vegetable or animal manure. Not all food came from the immediate environment. Sometimes, this is due to an insufficient basis of the landscape for the production of a certain type of food, but more often, part of the population in a differentiated society does not produce (all) food themselves. In that case, food may have been transported over large distances.
In archaeological research, it is the task of environmental archaeologists to find out how food production was organised in the past, and to determine whether surplus production occurred. Careful research, in which both abiotic landscape factors as well as plant and animal remains are included, can show the potential of the landscape and the use that was made of it. Specific plant remains can tell us what plant foods were consumed and whether this food was of local origin or imported. Animal remains provide information on the livestock that was kept, and the meat that was consumed (butchery marks) and whether animal products were supplied from elsewhere. These environmental data placed in the archaeological context in which they were found make it possible to reconstruct food procurement in the past.
This conference addresses the topic of subsistence and surplus production. Terms such as subsistence societies and surplus production are easily used, but what do they actually say about the societies involved? How easy is it to determine whether a society did or did not produce more food than necessary to survive: a surplus? Which tools and what methods can we use to analyse surplus production in different kinds of societies? We invite papers from all fields in environmental archaeology, and all time periods, that address this theme.
This session focuses on the methodology necessary for studying subsistence and surplus production. On what basis can we say whether a society was truly self-sufficient? What are indicators for surplus production, both of arable products and animal products? Is it possible to quantify the extent of surplus production?
For animal bones, an analysis of skeletal elements, age profiles and measurements is often used to investigate production strategies. However, the production of food for a market has consequences for our methodology, since transport of animals and animal parts has the potential to distort our slaughter profiles. For plant remains, the presence of exotic weeds suggests imports, but archaeological indicators can also be used, such as changes in storage capacity.
New methodological approaches of existing environmental materials may lead to new insights. New techniques such as isotope analysis and DNA research can shed light on the origin of food and provide insight into the way in which food production in past societies was organised. For this session, we welcome methodological contributions that can lead to better insight into the themes surrounding food procurement and surplus production.
A first question when studying so-called subsistence societies is whether these really exist. Are there not always contacts and exchanges between societies, albeit on a small scale? Evidence for this is formed by exotic items and materials sourced from outside the society's range. Or do we apply the term subsistence regardless of such small-scale exchange, especially if this does not concern food items? Even self-subsistent societies will have aimed at producing a surplus, whether for security reasons (if a crop failed or animals died from disease) or for feasting or cultic offerings. The main difference between subsistence societies and market-oriented societies is the absence of specialisation, both in agricultural production and crafts. There is some adaptation to the potential of the landscape, but basically everything is produced everywhere.
Possible topics for this session are surplus production for feasting, exchange or redistribution. Is there a relationship between the ability to produce surplus food and status? What is the role of elites in surplus production?
With the emergence of markets and a non-food-producing population, there are opportunities for rural societies to produce more food than they need for themselves, and exchange or sell this. The Roman provinces form a good example. We now see specialisation in production and crafts (spinning, weaving, cereal or bread production), although the degree of specialisation seems to be smaller than in a true market economy.
For this session, we invite case studies that demonstrate that an agrarian population produced a surplus, and case studies that investigate the relationship between town and country, as far as food supply is concerned. Studies of emerging specialisation in production are also welcome. A final question that can be addressed is to what extent inhabitants of small towns produced their own food.
With the rise of urban societies and a true monetary economy, complex long-distance networks can play a role in the supply of even staple foods, such as cereals. A large part of the population is dependent on others for their food. The level of specialisation in agricultural products and crafts is high. The landscape is often optimally utilised, with cereals grown in areas with suitable arable land, and livestock grazed on land less suitable for arable production. In the medieval Low Countries, for instance, there is a clear distinction in ‘livestock zones', ‘arable zones' and zones for horticulture and fruit trees.
Are all food producers specialized to some extent, or are there subsistence farmers in urban societies as well? What is the evidence for food production in towns?
Submission of proposals
Proposals for papers and posters can be submitted by sending your name and affiliation, a title and abstract (500 words maximum) to AEA2011@let.vu.nl , before 30 April 2011 . Please indicate in your email whether you have a preference for a paper or poster. Notification of acceptance decisions will be sent by 31 May 2011.
Papers should be of interest not only to other environmental archaeologists, but also to mainstream archaeologists. If a selection has to be made, this will be based on achieving a representative range of papers with regard to time period, region and type of research.
Registration for the conference has now opened. Early registration will close on 30 June, after which date the rates will be higher. We aim to publish the programme on the conference website by 31 May.
For more information, visit our website www.acvu.nl/aea2011 (available in first week of February)
With your help, we hope to have an excellent meeting in Amsterdam!
The organising committee:
Maaike Groot (VU University Amsterdam)