Institute research expertise on show at EAA2017

23 September 2017

EAA2017 conference logo

Institute staff and students joined friends and colleagues, including a significant number of Institute Honorary members and alumni, at the recent EAA2017 conference.

The 23rd Annual Meeting of The European Association of Archaeologists on the theme of 'Building Bridges' was held in Maastrich from 30 August-3 September and coincided with the 25th anniversaries of the Maastricht Treaty on European Union and the Valletta Convention on the Protection of the Archaeological Heritage.

Current collaborative and individual research which was presented included:

  • Conservation at Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania  -  Renata Franco Peters; Elizabet Diaz-Pila (Olduvai Geochronology Archaeology Project, OGAP); Eri Ohara-Anderson (UCL Institute of Archaeology) in the session on 'First Aid for Finds. Archaeological Conservation in the 3rd Science Revolution'.
  • Digitally participated curatorship: charting futures for museum archaeology - Chiara Bonacchi in the session on 'The Future of Museum Archaeology in Europe'.
  • From the shrouding clay – microarchaeology of a Criș-settlement in the upper Tisa Region - Ulrike Sommer in the session on 'Building Structures, Activity Areas and Site Layouts of Neolithic Settlement Areas'.
  • The Application of 2D Morphometrics on Ceramic Assemblages: An Example from Early Neolithic Sites in Northwest Romania - Bruno Vindrola Padros also in the session on 'Building Structures, Activity Areas and Site Layouts of Neolithic Settlement Areas'.
  • Let 100 flowers blossom-but please don’t make it complicated - Tim Schadla-Hall in the session on Building Theoretical and Practical Divides in Public Archaeology.
  • Linking metal hoarding practices and palaeopollution records in Atlantic European prehistory - Xose-Lois Armada (Institute of Heritage Sciences (Incipit), Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)); Antonio Martinez-Cortizas (Departamento de Edafología y Química Agrícola, University of Santiago de Compostela); Lourdes Lopez-Merino (Institute of Environment, Health and Societies, Brunel University London); Marcos Martinon-Torres; Tim Mighall (The School of Geosciences, University of Aberdeen); Ignacio Montero-Ruiz (Institute of History, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and Institute Honorary Researcher); Noemi Silva-Sanchez (Departamento de Edafología y Química Agrícola, University of Santiago de Compostela) in the session on 'Novel Scientific Developments in the Reconstruction of the Archaeology of Mining and Metallurgy and its Impact on the Environment'.  
  • Painting Amara West: colour taskscapes in ancient Sudan - Kate Fulcher (UCL Institute of Archaeology; British Museum, Department of Scientific Research) in the session on 'Craft. Reconsidering Social Context, Production and Division in Prehistoric and Non-Literate Societies'.
  • Contemporary Commemorations of the Napoleonic Wars - Luisa Nienhaus in the session on 'New Directions in Archaeological Studies 1500–2000', co-organised by Hilary Orange.
  • Signposts to public participation - Adrian Olivier in the session on 'Malta. A roadmap towards a global convention'.
  • Do lowlands stand out? A grey-literature perspective - Marc Vander Linden in the session on 'Beyond Low Lands. The European Relevance of the study of Bronze and Iron Age Communities in the Low Countries'.
  • Stones in a Field: The Gravity and Dark Energy of Stigmergic Process In Human Evolution - Matt Pope in the session on 'Stone is the Storyteller. The Materiality of Stone through Time (and Mind)'?
  • Matt also presented a paper on English Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Archaeology: A Cross-Channel View On Protecting and Understanding a Complex Record in the session on 'The Archaeology of Pleistocene Hunter-Gatherers and the Valletta Treaty. Time for a Rewrite'?
  • Making stone bracelets in the Early Neolithic of northwestern Romania Archaeologist - Ciprian Astalos (Satu Mare County Museum and UCL Institute of Archaeology) in the session on 'Scientific Approaches to the Study of Ornaments. From the Archaeologist's Toolkit to Body Adornment in the Past'.
  • Ciprian also contributed to collaborative research on Sourcing obsidian from prehistoric sites in NW Romania presented in the session on 'Applications using Hand-Held Portable X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometers'.
  • Cetacean Exploitation in Medieval London - Youri Van den Hurk in the session on 'Marine Mammal Exploitation from a Diachronic Perspective'.
  • “Juntos pero no revueltos”: developmental cycle of households in a compact layout Late Prehispanic settlement in Nasca, Peru (1470-1532 AD) - Viviana Siveroni in the session on 'Beyond the (One) Roof'.

Session Organisation:

Chiara Bonacchi was co-organiser of the session on 'Transnational Perspectives on the Legacy of Ancient Pasts in Contemporary Europe' and gave the introductory presentation as well as a paper on Empires, ‘barbarism’ and political activism: rehashing the past from the Iron Age to Brexit.

  • Andrew Gardner gave a paper in this session on The legacies of two empires: Rome, Britain and Brexit while Hilary Orange gave a presentation entitled Cornish heritage: Politics, nationalism, and the echoes of imagined Celtic pasts.

Sanja Vučetić co-organised the session on 'Beautiful Bodies. Gender, Bodily Care and Material Culture in the Past. Archaeology and Gender in Europe' EAA Working Party Session.

Marc Vander Linden co-organised the session on 'Cross-Disciplinary Approaches to Prehistoric Demography' presenting a paper entitled The New Wave! Or why there is still a point to speak of “demic wave”.

  • Cornelis Drost gave a paper in this session entitled Modelling material diversity during the diffusion of early farming and associated technologies while Kevan Edinborough and Stephen Shennan's research on Supply and demand in the Neolithic quarry production of Northwest Europe was also presented.


Dorian Fuller contributed to the collaborative poster Phytolith based identification of crop plants within urban contexts. A micromorphological approach for the session on 'European Towns and their Environment in High Definition. The 3rd Revolution in Urban Archaeology'.