Call for Papers AIAC 2018 (due 31 Aug)

posted 29 May 2017, 17:26 by Geoarchaeology IAG   [ updated 29 May 2017, 17:28 ]

Dear colleagues,

A geoarchaeology panel titled "Coastal geoarchaeology in the Mediterranean – on the interdependence of landscape dynamics, harbour installations and economic prosperity in the littoral realm" will be organized as part of Session 2 "The impact of natural environmental factors on ancient economy: climate, landscape" of the 19th International Congress of Classical Archaeology to be held at Cologne/Bonn, 22 – 26 May 2018. Max Engel and Friederike Stock will co-chair this session.

Your contributions are welcome. Please submit your papers online through the conference website:

The deadline for submission is 31 August 2017.

Best wishes,

Friederike Stock and Max Engel

Coastal geoarchaeology in the Mediterranean – on the interdependence of landscape dynamics, harbour installations and economic prosperity in the littoral realm

Organizers: Max Engel and Friederike Stock (University of Cologne)

Mediterranean coastlines are highly dynamic geomorphic landscapes with lateral progradation of up to tens of kilometres in alluvial delta regions during the last 5000 years. After the significant deceleration of post-glacial eustatic sea-level rise around 7000-6000 years ago, a complex interplay of regional and local factors such as vertical tectonic movements, glacial isostatic rebound, sediment supply by rivers and coastal currents, deltaic compaction, and human intervention, led to locally different histories of coastal formation. As the coastal zone provided essential access to food, maritime commerce and colonisation activities, its dynamical nature had a significant impact on the prosperity of ancient communities. In fact, Mediterranean harbours as the gateways to the maritime realm were constantly threatened by gradual sedimentation, tectonic uplift or subsidence, as well as extreme events such as earthquakes or tsunamis. Many harbours became landlocked due to coastal progradation with fundamental repercussions on the political and economic status of ancient poleis.
We invite any contributions studying the influence of the dynamic, physical coastal environment on human communities during Antiquity, may this influence be through gradual, long-term sedimentary or geomorphic processes, or episodic such as through earthquakes or tsunamis. We also invite contributions on any type of ancient human influence on the physical coastal environment including but not limited to the implementation of engineering measures or chemical or sedimentary imprints. All types of contributions are envisaged, including excavation- and field-based case studies, those comprising numerical models, synthesising reviews or advances in scientific methodology and techniques.

Dr. Friederike Stock
Physical geography, geoarchaeology
University of Cologne
Institute for Geography
50923 Köln (Cologne)

Reachable: Monday, Tuesday, Friday
Tel.: (0221) 470-4841
Fax: (0221) 470-5124

EAA 2017 - session on geophysics in archaeological prospection

posted 7 Mar 2017, 18:46 by Geoarchaeology IAG   [ updated 7 Mar 2017, 18:46 ]

Dear all,

At the upcoming EAA conference in Maastricht, we are hosting a session the implementation and of geophysics in archaeology. The main focus lies on how to critically introduce and fully integrate geophysical prospection into the archaeological workflow, both in research as well as in a developer-led context.

The session is entitled: “Method, theory and interpretation: towards an integrated framework for archaeological geophysics”.  Session ID 367 (Please find the full session abstract below), and will be associated with session no. 331 on general archaeological prospecting (entitled: Silent traces of the past. Interpreting results from archaeological prospection. Organised by Eelco Rensinck & Christoph Keller).

Further general information is available on the conference website.

Feel free to pass this along and if any further questions arise, do not hesitate to contact me!

Best regards,



Session 367: Method, theory and interpretation: towards an integrated framework for archaeological geophysics.

The application of geophysical prospection methods in archaeology has increased considerably over the past decade. A broad range of near-surface geophysical techniques has become a standard part of the archaeological toolbox. In landscape studies, particularly, these methods are surging, as novel approaches allow the non-invasive investigation of increasingly larger areas, at ever finer resolutions. Consequentially, geophysical prospection methods are leaving their mark on archaeological practice and theory, and are already affecting interpretive archaeological frameworks. 

In this session, we call to field archaeologists, geophysical prospectors, researchers and heritage professionals for contributions on current trends in archaeo-geophysical prospecting and their implementation into archaeological research frameworks. Specific focus will be on the analytical potential of geophysical datasets for scientific- as well as developer-led archaeology, and to which extent the (non-)application of geophysical techniques is warranted here. Debates on the interpretive advantages and limitations of these non-invasive approaches are welcomed, together with case studies that exemplify how geophysical methods can be used as an integral part of the archaeological work-flow. Presenters are encouraged to go beyond technological advancements, and critically assess the methodological and theoretical effects of archaeo-geophysics on current archaeology. In that context, this session aims to define the impact of geophysical prospection methods on shaping, preserving and disseminating archaeology for the years to come.

Philippe De Smedt 
Research Group Soil Spatial Inventory Techniques 
Ghent University 
Coupure 653 
B-9000 Ghent (Belgium) 
Tel. + 32 (0)9 264 6042 
Skype: ph_desmedt_ugent

Climate/Societies in the Mediterranean (Marseille, 8-9 Mar 2017)

posted 26 Feb 2017, 21:55 by Geoarchaeology IAG   [ updated 26 Feb 2017, 21:56 ]

Dear colleagues, ​

You will find attached the final program and the abstracts book​ of the conference:

"​Climate and Societies in the Mediterranean during the Last Two Millennia​:​ Current State Of Knowledge and Research Perspectives​"​
It​ will take place ​on ​March 8-9 2017 in the city of Aix-en-Provence​ (France)​ in the Mediterranean House of Humanities (​, in the TELEMME Lab.
Th​is​ meeting will aim to provide a forum for the exchange of informations between different communities interested in historical climate/societal interactions, including communities involved in paleoclimate reconstruction, climate modeling, tree-rings interpretation, documentary sources analysis, etc.

​It is funded by two "Laboratories of Excellence" (LabEx) of ​my​ University : OT-Med ( and LABEXMED (, by the TELEMME Lab​oratory​, the Research Consortium ECCOREV​ ​( and the Mediterranean House of Humanities.

​Note that the ​Climate History Network (​) is also partner of this event.​

Feel free to contact me (nicolas.maughan"at" if you need more information.
We look forward to meeting you in March at the conference.

Nicolas Maughan (for the organizing committee)

Call for Papers: GEORES 2017 Florence (due 10 Feb)

posted 29 Jan 2017, 20:17 by Geoarchaeology IAG   [ updated 31 Jan 2017, 01:38 ]

GeoRes2017 1st International Conference on "Geomatics and Restoration: Conservation of Cultural Heritage in the Digital Era"

* Conference: 22-24 May 2017
* Preliminary Workshop: 19-21 May 2017
* Venue: Florence, Italy


Second call for paper

AUTEC – Academic Association of Topography and Cartography, SIRA – Academic Association of Architectural Restoration, and IGMI – Italian Geographic Military Institute, are organizing the 1st International Conference on Geomatics and Restoration: Conservation of Cultural Heritage in the Digital Era (GEORES2017). The conference is supported by ISPRS (WG V/1, WG V/2 WG II/8) and CIPA Heritage Documentation and is under the patronage of ICOMOS - Italy and SIFET. 
The Conference will take place in Florence, Italy (21 - 24 May 2017) with the aim to bring together the community of researchers from Geomatics and Restoration.

PAPER SUBMISSION - The deadline for uploading extended abstracts (800 – 1200 words) has been postponed until 10th of February. Accepted papers will be published in the ISPRS International Archives of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences and indexed in Scopus. Abstract can be submitted from here (you need to create an account if you do not have one before).

A special issue of Applied Geomatics (Scopus Citescore 1.08, SJR 2015: 0.323) and of ‘ANANKE (A-class journal) will publish a reviewed version of the best papers.

ACCOMODATION - IGM offers the chance to book some double and single rooms in his guestrooms in Florence, via della Scala, 68. Special prices are reserved for Conference participants. Rooms are limited! Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Updated info about the conference (honor and scientific committees, key note speakers, tentative program, venue, location) are available at the conference web site

1_Documentation of monumental complexes 
2_The use of digital images in visible and not-visible ranges 
3_Thematic data documenting pathologies, materials, decay, data georeferencing
4_Risk and resilience
5_HBIM for management and maintenance 
6_Digital and physical replicas – augmented reality, virtual restoration
7_Education: courses, workshops, summer schools…. developing new professional skills
8_The relationship between recording and design processing

10th of February: Extended Abstract Submission
20th of February: Young Researchers Workshop Early Bird Registration
17th of March: Conference Early Bird Registration
10th of April: Full Paper Submission
18th of May: Conference Late Registration 
22-24 May: Conference

ADDITIONAL EVENT - Preliminary Young Researcher Workshop (19-21March)
It is devoted to establish a first contact between geomatics and restorers, to discuss and to interchange ideas about Cultural Heritage documentation. More info in
For any additional information, please contact geores2017"at"
Hoping to welcome you in Florence!

On behalf of the Organizing Committee

Grazia Tucci

Call for papers: Geoarchaeology sessions at EGU 2017 (due 11 Jan)

posted 14 Dec 2016, 22:58 by Geoarchaeology IAG   [ updated 14 Dec 2016, 23:00 ]

Geoarchaeology Sessions in the European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2017 will be held at Vienna, Austria, on April 23–28, 2017.
Here is the list of sessions related to geoarchaeology. 
SSP 4.8
Geoarchaeology in tectonically active regions
Convener: Iain Neill (Iain.Neill"at"
Co-Conveners: Keith Wilkinson (keith.wilkinson"at", Stathis C. Stiros (stiros"at"

Geoarchaeology: Human impact, adaptation and response to climatic and environmental change from the past to the present
Convener: Sjoerd Kluiving (s.j.kluiving"at"
Co-Conveners: Julie Durcan, Wiebke Bebermeier, Robyn Inglis, Vanessa Heyvaert, Andy Howard, and Lisa-Marie Shillito

Soil evolution in Space and Time: From polar to tropical - from Paleogene to Anthropocene - towards sustainable management futures 
Convener: Daniela Sauer (daniela.sauer"at"
Co-Convener: Sjoerd Kluiving

For more information, please see

The abstract submission deadline is January 11, 2017, 13:00 CET.

The meeting programme will be available on March 2, 2017.

Call for papers: a special issue on geoarchaeology (abstract due 20 Sep)

posted 11 Sep 2016, 07:11 by Geoarchaeology IAG   [ updated 11 Sep 2016, 07:11 ]

Dear members of the IAG Working Group of Geoarchaeology,

As proceedings of a geoarchaeology session at the World Archaeological Congress (WAC-08) in Kyoto, Japan, we, the conveners of the session, want to organise a Special Issue in Quaternary International, Geoarchaoelogy, Journal of Archaeological Science or Geomorphology, depending on the editing issues and the submission deadlines. We are about to submit a proposal.

We also invite other colleagues working in geoarchaeology to contribute to this special issue.

The topic will focus on subjects that might be related to on-site processes or regional landscape evolution. It will be divided in three different approaches regarding the different kind of archaeological contexts:

  1. New methods for data exploitation or acquisition on key sites that require a cutting edge approach
  2. Methodologies that can promote a better understanding of destroyed sites, sites with a “bad taphonomy” or a stratigraphy with “unvisible data”
  3. Off-site methodologies or a regional approach that highlights human impacts or occupation

If you are interested, please write us a short email with an abstract of a max. of 200 words.

Please let us know until the 20.09.2016 if you are interested. Write an email to stockf "at" (cc: tara.beuzen "at", kondo "at"

Best regards,

Friederike Stock, Tara Beuzen-Waller and Yasuhisa Kondo

Call for papers: RIPARIA 3 (due 31 Dec)

posted 6 Jul 2016, 02:58 by Geoarchaeology IAG   [ updated 6 Jul 2016, 02:59 ]

Dear colleagues, 

in file attached you can found information about the call for papers for next issue of RIPARIA International Journal (Vol. 3 - 2017).

Please don't hesitate to distribute this information.

Best Regards,

The editorial team
Revista Riparia
Revista Internacional de Historia de la Interacción Sociedad y Medio Ambiente

Call for contributions: IAG-Geoarchaeology Newsletter No. 17 (late 2016)

posted 6 Jun 2016, 04:43 by Geoarchaeology IAG   [ updated 6 Jun 2016, 05:25 ]

Dear Colleague,

You are encouraged to post any of (but not limited to) the following items to the next Newsletter, which will be published in late 2016:

  • Short scientific essay related to your projects, regions, or fields of research,
  • Report of the latest conferences, workshops, or training schools;
  • Books and research articles published in late 2015 and 2016;
  • Call for papers; and
  • Job opportunities.

Texts and figures (if any) should electrically be sent to the editor (Yasuhisa Kondo; geoarch.IAG"at" no later than October 31, 2016. Texts should be written in good English. Please see for the latest issue, and feel free to ask the editor if you have any questions.

I look forward to your contribution.

Best regards,

Yasuhisa Kondo

Secretary General
Working Group on Geoarchaeology
IAG – International Association of Geomorphologists
E-mail: geoarch.IAG"at"
Twitter: @IAG_geoarch

New Developments in Landscape Archaeology (9 June, Marselle)

posted 24 May 2016, 00:04 by Geoarchaeology IAG   [ updated 24 May 2016, 00:11 ]

International workshop on "New developments in landscape archaeology" will be held in IMéRA, Marseille, France, on June 9, 2016. Please see the attached programme and abstract for the detail.

Call for contributions MOPP-Medflood kick-off workshop in Bremen

posted 23 May 2016, 22:24 by Geoarchaeology IAG   [ updated 23 May 2016, 22:25 ]

Dear Medflood friends,

we are pleased to announce the kick-off workshop of MOPP- MEDFLOOD that will be held the 8-9 September 2016 in Bremen (Germany), soon after the ECSA conference “Coastal Systems in transition”. The workshop will be hosted by Marum and ZMT and a call for contributions is now open.

The aim of this first workshop is to understand the state of art of the geo-archaeological and paleo environmental reconstructions (methodologies, accuracy, etc) and better define the potentiality of the numerical tools and techniques to model the paleo coastal processes.

Please find attached the announcement of the call for contributions.

Further details will be forthcoming in the second announcement in the next month. 

Please distribute freely to all colleagues who may be interested. 


Matteo, Sara, Daniel, Alessio, Gianfranco


Matteo Vacchi

Aix-Marseille Université, CNRS-CEREGE, UMR 34. 
Europole Mediterraneen de l'Arbois BP 80. 
13545 Aix-en-Provence, France.
skype: matteovacchi


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