Annual Symposium of the Association for Environmental Archaeologists: The Big Picture: Archaeology, Society and Environment Conference

07.11 - 09.11.2014  
Plymouth, UK
Contact person:
Nicki Whitehouse, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Environmental archaeology has a long tradition of producing detailed, rich reconstructions of past environment, and how people interacted with, shaped and exploited their environment. Over recent decades the volumes of data and knowledge that stems from it, through developer-funded and blue-skies research, has made it possible to begin to synthesize and draw out meaning from disparate sites, in the era of 'big data'.

Alongside this there is an increased interest in the role that environmental archaeology can play in assessing societal resilience and sustainability. The relationship between social groups and their environment is nuanced, and environmental archaeology has a major role to play in exploring how different groups behave following environmental changes or social perturbations, or indeed the extent to which societal development is at all related to environmental changes.

This conference will explore current work in environmental archaeology which seeks to integrate archaeological/environmental data at a variety of scales, from interdisciplinary site-based studies to regional syntheses.

We invite, in particular, papers that explore: regional synthesis of datasets; the challenges of up-scaling and integrating multiple sets of site-based data; new approaches to integrating site-based data to reveal spatial and temporal patterns in landscape, environment or social change; resilience theory and environmental archaeology.

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Deadline for receipt of abstracts is July 28 2014, and notification of acceptance will follow shortly after that.

The Association for Environmental Archaeologists

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