Call for papers: Geoarchaeology session at EGU 2015

Post date: Nov 22, 2014 1:43:56 AM

Dear all,

A geoarchaeology session will be held at the European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2015, held at Vienna on April 12-17, 2015.

Please spread the advertisement slide in pdf to your colleagues, students and networks. Deadline for regular abstracts is January 7, 2015.

Remember that the support deadline for Young Scientists is already next week, November 28, 2014!



Geoarchaeology: Human-environment interactions in the Pleistocene and Holocene

Convener: Sjoerd Kluiving

Co-Conveners: Vanessa Heyvaert, Andy Howard, Maurits Ertsen, Tony Brown, Wiebke Bebermeier

The majority of natural scientists now believe that proxy environmental data is demonstrating significant anthropogenic changes to contemporary global climates, which in turn, is affecting landscape system thresholds and altering the spatial pattern, intensity and magnitude of geomorphological processes. Geoarchaeology can approach these associated with these changes on human socio-cultural systems. questions of human causality, environmental resilience and sustainability from a medium to long-term perspective and this has the critical advantage that it can, implicitly or explicitly, include consideration of the feedback

The aim of this session is to highlight how geoarchaeologists, geologists, soil scientists, archaeologists and social scientists can contribute to debates concerning human-environment interactions spanning the Pleistocene and the Holocene. This session welcomes papers from individuals or groups that use geoarchaeological approaches to consider past landscape evolution, geomorphological processes and system response. We also welcome papers on human niche construction that will focus on the two directional nature of the interactions between material environment and social arrangements, in order to capture work that examines how humans change their environment, and how subsequent environmental changes alter societal functioning. The concept of niche construction stresses that organisms (read: humans) – in changing their selective environment – change themselves over the long term.

We encourage synergies in a diachronic understanding of landscape histories from the Pleistocene to the Holocene, and invite contributions that address socio-cultural transitions as well as the effects of natural forcing. The organisers encourage presentations involving the collection of data using both empirical approaches as well as insights gained through modelling. Understanding human response at both an individual and societal level is of paramount importance to this session and we welcome contributions that:

a) apply an interdisciplinary approach to solve archaeological questions

b) focus on how humans responded to (non-)anthropogenic environmental change, e.g. climate events

c) integrate environmental and cultural evidence to reflect on decision making processes as well as on academic research agenda’s.

d) provide empirical evidence for co-evolving social/economic arrangements and landscapes as environmental systems – e.g. studies that take a historical or archaeological approach, or

e) use social science methods to assess how communities/societies create and respond to environmental change.

This session is supported by the IAG - International Working Group on Geoarchaeology.


Marie José Gaillard (Linnaeus University, Sweden): ‘The potential of quantitative vegetation reconstructions in studies of past human settlements and use of resources’ (confirmed)

Abstracts should be submitted through the online system at no later than January 7, 2015.

Please see the conference website for more information.


Sjoerd Kluiving, Assistant Professor

1. Department of Archaeology, Ancient History of Mediterranean Studies and Near Eastern Studies, Faculty of Arts

2. Institute for Geo- and Bioarchaeology, Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences

3. Research institute for the heritage and history of the Cultural Landscape and Urban Environment (CLUE)

VU University Amsterdam, De Boelelaan 1105, 1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Phone: +31 20 59 85294; +31 6 53927697 (cell phone)

E-mail: s.j.kluiving "at"

Skype: sjoerd.kluiving