IMAA 2017 – 2nd circular

We are pleased to announced that there will be no participation fee for the 2017 IMAA workshop, which includes lunch on both days and the drinks reception on Saturday 25th February. We will arrange a meal on the Saturday evening. Should you wish to attend, this will be at the participants’ own expense. We will ask for numbers to make a booking in due course.


Hopefully, you have now had time to consider your abstracts for oral presentations and posters, as well as to decide what samples and slides you would like to bring to the workshop. Please send any remaining abstracts (250 words) to us by email (imaaworkshop@gmail.comby 17th January 2017 and specify if this is for an oral presentation or a poster. Please also let us know if you intend to bring any samples or slides to the workshop, and what they will be.


The themes are:

  • The taphonomy of plant remains in urban contexts
  • Palaeobotanical approaches in landscape archaeology
  • Fired up: composition and preservation of organic remains in burnt contexts
  • Morphometric approaches to macro and micro- scopic plant remains
  • Animal management strategies


Please note that due to the number of microscopes we have 40 places at the workshop. If there is high demand to attend we will, unfortunately, have to prioritise giving places to those people presenting research and/or bringing samples and slides. We are currently setting up the link to register to attend the workshop. We will email this around shortly when we confirm your place.


Each day of the workshop will have oral presentations in the morning and microscopy time in the afternoon. During each afternoon there will be an ongoing integrated microscopy session with a range of microscopes. There will also be a number of more specialist ‘break-out’ microscopy sessions (1-2 hours in length), which include:

  • Phytoliths
  • Charcoal identification
  • Tropical pollen
  • Non pollen palynomorphs
  • The micro-contextual analysis of ash, dung, and plant remains in thin-section


The workshop is supported by SAGES and the Vice-Chancellor’s Office, University of Reading, and the Association for Environmental Archaeology.


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