EAA 2010 – European Association of Archaeologists


Größere Kartenansicht

 

1.-5. September 2010

 

The annual meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA) deals with a special profile of European Archaeology and Anthropology.

It supports the development of archaeological research as well as the exchange of archaeological information. At the same time the conference opens up the possibility of international exchanges between research and conservation at a European level.
In the past, the conference supported major standards based on ethical values and archaeological methods. It also supports the ratification of the Malta Convention of 1992 on the protection of archaeological remains and became member of the Council of Europe in 2003.

This year the conference started with several excursions to archaeological sites. I chose the ‘Dutch Prehistoric Landscape Tour’ which lasted one whole day and gave the participants a nice overview about different prehistoric regions and periods in Netherland.

The first stop was in the town of Almere, province of Flevoland – opposite Amsterdam, a new part of land recently reclaimed from the Ijsselmeer. Initially, the district belonged to the continent. Hence, a great amount of archaeological evidences, very well preserved underneath about 8 m of soil, starting in the Mesolithic period could be expected. Because of the great thickness of covering layers common archaeological excavations were not possible. Hence, the Dutch colleagues decided to get a insight into the underground using a geophysical and geological approach (drill cores) for investigating the underground. Furthermore, we visited a Swifterbant site and finally a terp site in Friesland (see also the album images at the end of this text).

My greatest interest of the conference sessions was the field of soil micro-morphology, a mainly geoarchaeological topic. The subject is very rarely discussed in a European context although there is definately a large number of applications. Hence, the session lasted for more than two days. This issue is primarily concerned with human-generated stratigraphy and their micro-analysis, an essential issue in my current research. If you became curios not only for micro-morphology but also for the whole conference have a look at the abstracts.

  • Schwarzenbach 2008

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