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How do we approach today’s great themes in international environmental archaeology? How will this feed into the next research agenda? What are environmental archaeology’s grand challenges? ‘Grand challenges for archaeology’ have recently been proposed to focus the disciplines efforts and capabilities on the most important scientific challenges (Kintigh et al. 2014, PNAS 111, 879-80). Those identified focus on investigating the dynamics of complex socio-ecological systems, addressing key questions of emergence, complexity, demography, mobility, identity, resilience, and human-environment interactions. Environmental archaeology is ideally situated to contribute directly to these challenges, concerned, as it is, with the human ecology of the past – the relationship between past human populations and their physical, biological and socio-economic environments – through the analysis and interpretation of animal and plant remains within the depositional environment of the archaeological site and its surrounds. These approaches allow analysis of the dynamics of socio-ecological systems at varying spatial and temporal scales. Combined with the continued advancement of scientific methodological applications this is enabling increasingly powerful insights into human paleoecology, for example via analyses of palaeodiets, disease ecology, and past climatic change. Particular challenges lie in how to integrate data generated from diverse methodological approaches, and how to model and test cultural and ecological agency in the past, and how to tap the full potential that lies in increasingly large and disparate datasets being generated by the different practitioners of environmental archaeology. Public and fiscal responsibility also challenges environmental archaeological research to contribute to debates of relevance to the modern world, with its important potential insights on human-environment interactions, biodiversity, food security, and societal resilience.Association of Environmental Archaeology
This conference seeks to explore the grand challenge agendas for environmental archaeology that confront its methods, approaches, contributions and relevance, including (but not limited to):
The organising committee invites oral and poster presentations that examine these themes. We are particularly keen to encourage comparative research that show how regional case studies can make essential contributions to globally-important questions, or indeed help to shape them and set new agendas for research.
Please send proposals for papers and posters to AEA2017@ed.ac.uk by Friday 29 September 2017. Abstracts should be sent as Word documents, be a maximum of 200 words and contain a clear description of the topic. Please include a title, complete name(s) of author(s), affiliation(s), and full postal and email addresses.
Dr Robin Bendrey, School of History, Classics and Archaeology, University of Edinburgh
Prof Andrew Dugmore, School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh
Dr Eva Panagiotakopulu, School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh
Dr Xavier Rubio-Campillo, School of History, Classics and Archaeology, University of Edinburgh
Dr Steve Dockrill and Dr Julie Bond lecturers in Archaeology at Bradford are hosting a conference and celebration for the Old Scatness Broch 20th Anniversary excavation. The conference will be held at the University of Bradford , with key speakers including Sir Barry Cunliffe and a celebration held at the Midland Hotel , these two events will be both held on the 10th October 2015. We hope to see many people there!.
A unique graduate course in integrated Environmental Humanities and Scoeial Sciences will take place at Bárðardalur, Northern Iceland between the 5-15th June 2015. The Svartarkot Culture-Nature intensive graduate summer course (7.5 ECTS) Understanding the Human Dimensions of Long-term Environmental Change is co-organized by The Reykjavik Academy, City University of New York and Mid Sweden University, in close cooperation with NABO (The North Atlantic Biocultural Organisation), NIES (The Nordic Network for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies), GHEA (The Global Human Ecodynamics Alliance) and the Circumpolar Networks case of IHOPE. The course is accredited by University of Akureyri.
The deadline for applications is March 15, 2015.
Aimed at masters and doctoral-level study, this summer course based on the Northern edge of the Icelandic highland wilderness addresses questions of long-term societal resilience in the face of climate change, competition and societal conflict over natural resources, effects of early globalization and anthropogenic transformation of landscapes and ecosystems at multiple times scales. Building upon the successful course Environmental Memory and Change in Medieval Iceland organized in August 2014, the 2015 course involves multiple excursions and lectures in the field and integrates perspectives, theories and methodologies from multiple disciplines in the environmental humanities and social sciences. The course focuses chiefly on human dimensions of long-term environmental change with the aid of innovative digital humanities tools and outputs, close reading of medieval documentary and literary sources in translation and reviews of the latest archeological and palaeoecological research and field work in Northern Iceland. All course lectures, readings, discussions and writing will be in English.
Together with IHOPE, the research node Mind and Nature at Uppsala University announces a call for papers for a student-focused workshop on Historical Ecology: The Next Generation in Uppsala, Sweden. The workshop, to take place November 12-13 2014, will provide early stage researchers a venue to discuss their perspectives on the study of human-environment interactions over the longue duree. Students in earth and social sciences and humanities are encouraged to present their own research applying aspects of historical ecological analysis. The event aims to generate conversation regarding historical ecology's future as a theoretical framework for addressing interrelationships among societies, environments, and climates. More information can be found here.
Interested participants are invited to submit an abstract for an oral presentation by September 30 2014.
In mainland Europe almost every important early medieval harbour developed into a town or city, but the situation in the far North Atlantic is very different. A network of enigmatic abandoned harbours exists across the North Atlantic and western Norway. The Harbours in the North Atlantic project (HaNOA) is a multi-disciplinary, multi-national project which aims to investigate the causes of abandonment of these harbours. The identification of these sites is frequently uncertain and the reasons why established harbours fell into disuse are also not clear- changing trade, economic and political influence, weather, geomorphology and boat design could all be contributory factors.
The SAGES-HaNOA workshop aims to capitalise on the opportunities being created by HaNOA to develop new collaborations within SAGES and promote integration between HaNOA, the Scottish Archaeology and the Problem of Erosion Trust (SCAPE) and Scotland's Coastal Heritage at Risk Project (SCHARP).
The workshop is co-convened by John Preston and Andy Dugmore (University of Edinburgh), Jim Hansom (University of Glasgow) and Tom Dawson (University of St Andrews).
If you are interested in attending and would like to be put on a mailing list for further details please contact John Preston (email@example.com) by Friday 31st January.Further details available here.
The Medieval Warm period witnessed extensive migration of peoples and communities within and into the regions of the Circumpolar North and involved significant changes in culture and subsistence technology and the creation of new settlements and societies. During the ensuing “Little Ice Age” certain Arctic and sub-Arctic communities relocated or became extinct, while most societies developed a new set of survival strategies and altered modes of production, and in the early modern period, successive waves of European expansion into the Arctic – driven by southern interests in marine resources and furs, trade and tribute connections, exploration and Christianizing, and colonizing or moving to “frontier areas” – brought major population, political and cultural changes; lead to conflicts as well as trade intensification and subsistence revolutions among indigenous peoples; and involved newcomers’ formation of large trading companies and the emergence of peoples of mixed indigenous and European ancestry.
Focusing on the period between c. 1000 and 1800 CE, this session will address thus described processes and topics by featuring case studies as well as comparative studies of human habitation, culture and socio-ecological change in the Arctic and sub-Arctic regions of Eurasia and North America, including islands of the North Pacific and the North Atlantic. http://resweb.res.unbc.ca/icass2014/session%20pdfs/ENCC3_revised22Oct2013.pdf
The ICOMOS International Polar Heritage Committee is holding its next meeting and in conjunction with the Polar Archaeology Network an open conference in Copenhagen, Denmark on May 25th - 28th 2014.
The IPHC 2014 conference, co-organised with PAN will be held at and hosted by the National Museum of Denmark in association with the Greenland National Museum. The focus of the conference will be to bring together interested parties to discuss the future of polar heritage. The conference theme is about addressing environmental challenges in the face of climate change – how do we detect and respond to those changes.
The conference is open to heritage specialists, scientists, researchers, educators and students as well as participants from government, local community and industry. The formal AGM of the IPHC will be open to IPHC members only.
Dr. George Hambrecht, Anthropology Department, University of Maryland, College Park. 0111 Woods Hall, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, 20742. Email – firstname.lastname@example.org. Skype – George Hambrecht.
You are cordially invited to the upcoming Global Human Ecodynamics Alliance 2013 Sustainability Science and Education meeting and workshop series held at University of Maryland, College Park from November 4th through November 6th 2013. It will be hosted by the University of Maryland Anthropology Department. This meeting is supported by the US National Science Foundation Arctic Social Sciences Program, the Nordic Network for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies (NIES) and U Maryland
The 2013 NABO General Meeting will be held at the Stefansson Arctic Institute on the campus of University of Akureyri, Iceland. There will be two days of public meetings (all open plenary session) on Friday July 12 and Saturday July 13th with breakout potential. We will accommodate both traditional 15 min presentations and longer group reports and discussions, and we welcome your suggestions now. Posters will be accepted freely and students are especially encouraged. Multi-media is also encouraged and with some notice we can arrange for videos. There will be an optional excursion day (probably with bus) to see archaeology and natural wonders in the Myvatn area and local site tours are definitely possible in the Eyjafjord region.
NABO would like to thank the Stefansson Arctic Institute and Jón Haukur Ingimundarson in particular for hosting this meeting and we look forward to seeing as many you there as possible.
With support from the NSF Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability GHEA grant (SEES 1140106) the CUNY Human Ecodynamics Research Center hosted a well-attended one day Open Workshop in Sustainability Science and Education October 15th 2012 at the CUNY Graduate Center in Manhattan. This is the first in an annual series intended to connect different disciplinary approaches to sustainability and to showcase the work of graduate students and early career professionals. After a welcoming address by HERC director Sophia Perdikaris the keynote speakers Jago Cooper (then UCL, now British Museum), Steven Hartman (Nordic Network for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies Sweden) and Anna Evely (Project MAYA) made presentations on Archaeology for Sustainability, the Advent of Interdisciplinary Environmental Humanities, and Social Media for Sustainability. Following a poster session, Ruth Maher (William Patterson Univ.) made a presentation on the joint CUNY/ WPU/ U Bradford/ Orkney College field school sponsored by the North Atlantic Biocultural Organization (NABO) cooperative. There followed a series of powerpoint presentations by over a dozen younger scholars based at CUNY, Columbia U., Copenhagen, Arizona State University, Washington State University, and the University of Maryland. The meeting was socially successful as well, with many contacts made or renewed and good fun before and after. Thanks to all who helped make this a success.
The presentations are available on the GHEA slideshare site.
The 24th Congress of the International Association for Caribbean Archaeology was held in Martinique (25th-30th July 2011).
This session will focus on threats to the archeological record, particularly that in the circumpolar North, which are arising due to global climate change. Archaeological sites and the associated paleoecological record hold much of the data needed to understand the past, and to place human ecodynamics in the broad spatial and temporal perspective that is essential to developing a meaningful and actionable understanding of the topic. Such an understanding would seem to be vital for to efforts to support and increase sustainability and resilience in the face of changes which appear to be inevitable.
Global change-related threats include: increased coastal erosion (due to sea level rise, possible increases in number and/or strength of storms, and diminished sea ice in Polar regions), increased riverine erosion (due to increases in precipitation amount or intensity and increases in glacial melting), drying of waterlogged sites and bogs (due to hydrological changes), changes in land use which result in greater ground disturbance (due to changing conditions for agriculture or displacement of populations from more threatened areas). In northern areas the warming and thawing of permafrost is a major threat to the archaeological and paleoecological record.
We are interested in papers that describe threats, and in particular in papers that deal with ways to document, assess and monitor relative threats over broad areas, so that mitigation efforts can be prioritized. We are also interested in mitigation efforts, whether or not they proved to be successful. Although this is primarily a Northern conference, we welcome papers from those working in other areas of the world who share similar problems.
Anne M. Jensen, UIC Science LLC, Barrow, AK USA (email@example.com) 907-230-8228
The first meeting of Tephra in Quaternary Science (TIQS), the new Quaternary Research Association (QRA) research group. As a UK research group aiming to bring together individuals and groups with wide-ranging expertise in order to promote cross-group collaborations for optimising and advancing tephrochronology, it is most appropriate that we begin with discussing the lessons that can learnt from the most recent eruption impacting the UK: EyjafjallajÃ¶kull 2010.
III Northern Archaeological Congress will take place on 8-12th November, 2010 in Khanty-Mansiysk. The Organizing Committee invites for participation the representatives of the Russian and international research centres, specialists in the fields of archaeology and related disciplines.
The deadline for filing applications and abstracts is the 15th April, 2010. More details are available here.
Tentative agenda of the III Northern Archaeological Congress' panels will be as follows:
The University of Aarhus Summer School on Viking Age Scandinavia is an intensive shortsession course designed to meet the needs of students interested in a brief but challenging educational experience during the summer.
Teaching takes place in a museum environment and brings together Danish and foreign students and staff. The course is open to BA and MA students in archaeology, history, literature and related disciplines from Denmark and elsewhere, as well as to other foreign students in Denmark and history teachers in secondary schools.
See the website for more information:
For further information and questions about the summer school, applications etc. please send an email.
The Spring Conference of the Association for Environmental Archaeology will be held between the 30th March to 1st April, 2010 at the University of Aberdeen.
The conference will explore the human interactions with northern environments and will foster discussion about how individuals and communties understood, adapted to, and transformed the landscapes in which they moved and acted
First call for papers: the organising committee would like to invite oral and poster presentations based on these broad themes, involving any aspect of environmental archaeology by November 1st, 2009 to firstname.lastname@example.org
To advertise this conference, please feel free to download and print out the full size poster by clicking on the image to the left.
The registration form for all attendees is available here.
On March 24th there will be a meeting to discuss artefacts and e-museum initiatives. Please note that the venue has changed to Room 3.04 Crew Building at the Kings Buildings , University of Edinburgh. The agenda is available here.
On March 25th there will be a meeting to discuss Isotopic Studies and North Atlantic Human Ecodynamics: Taking stock and looking forward hosted by the University of Edinburgh, School of GeoSciences. The focus will be research related to the current Office of Polar Programs Arctic Social Sciences grant 0732327 as part of the International Polar Year Humans in the Polar Regions project "IPY: Long Term Human Ecodynamics in the Norse North Atlantic: cases of sustainability, survival, and collapse". For further information contact Andrew Dugmore. The draft agenda is available here.
On March 26th there will be a meeting on Global themes in Human ecodynamics: Taking stock and looking forward this will be a joint SAGES and NABO meeting at the University of Edinburgh. The main purpose of this workshop is build on a recent meeting in Maine to develop interactive discussion of human ecodynamics operating in different areas and on different time scales, but with a particular focus on the last 800 years, with the objective of getting a better comparative understanding of the interaction of climate change, human environmental impacts, human-human interaction (politics, proto-globalization etc.) and integrative themes of rigidity traps, connectedness and path dependency. The main focus will not be so much about global climate correlations as an exploration of the human-climate-environment interface with the aim of extracting common patterns and research questions of collective interest as well as sharing ideas, expertise, tools (especially modelling) and best practice approaches. In other words, a good set of discussions about human /landscape/ climate interactions and some sharing of integrative approaches to successful discipline-crossing endeavours. The goals are to bring together members of the SAGES community with NABO and a wider evolving international community of researchers on human ecodynamics and discuss research questions of common interest, and explore new alliances within the SAGES community. International speakers will include Professor Peggy Nelson from Arizona State University and Professor Tom McGovern from CUNY New York. NABO contact and meeting co-ordination Andrew Dugmore amd SAGES members should contact Stephanie West. A draft agenda is available here.
EAC Annual Meeting 2010
March 25-27, 2009
The 2010 EAC Annual meeting will be held in Reykjavík in March. This meeting will also include a symposium titled "Remote Sensing for Archaeological Heritage Management in the 21st century".
This EAC symposium will examine Remote Sensing for Archaeological Heritage Management at the start of the 21st century. The key themes to be explored will be: the registration of monuments; the creation of reliable monuments records; approaches to large-scale mapping; monitoring and management of monument condition; and applications of historic imagery. Well-established approaches and techniques will be set alongside new technologies and data-sources, with discussion covering relative merits and applicability. Approaches to be considered will include aerial photography, both modern and historic, LiDAR, satellite imagery, multi-and hyper-spectral data, sonar and geophysical survey. Both terrestrial and maritime contexts will be addressed.
Symposium organised by:
Dave Cowley (AARG/RCAHMS)
Kristín Huld Sigurðardóttir (EAC/The Archaeological Heritage Agency of Iceland)
Western Isles Campus, University of Stirling, Room 2438, Western Isles Hospital, Macaulay Road, Stornoway
20th March 2009
To mark the COMPLETION of the Hebridean phase of the Papar Project and the launch of the new web pages http://www.paparproject.org.uk/ we would like to invite you to an informal workshop in Stornoway, 20th March. The workshop will review progress and consider a next phase for the project.
So that we can cater for lunch, RSVP to Ian Simpson by 18th March
A PDF file showing the details of this workshop are available here.
Friday, October 24, 5 pm, $20 ($15 for ASF members, free to students with valid ID)
This symposium, presented in observance of the International Polar Year, is comprised of four lectures investigating geological and cultural relationships based on the polar region's interactions with global ecosystems. Further information is available from here.
The 2008 NABO conference is to be held in Bradford (UK) between 30th August - 1st September 2008.
The Bradford meeting was designed to review and report on existing research projects and to formulate an Agenda for Future Archaeological Research in the North Atlantic. The conference was in two parts; discussant-led theme sessions with invited specialist contributions provided the framework for the research agenda, alongside open sessions on current research.
NABO 2008 Bradford Community Statement
Problems, Potentials, and Progress in North Atlantic Human Ecodynamics