IMAA 2018

The next IMAA Workshop will be held in the School of Archaeology, Geography and Environment Science, University of Reading on 24th- 25th February 2018.

The aim of the workshop is to bring together specialists in geoarchaeology, NPPs, palynology, plant macroremains, and phytoliths who are working in universities, major heritage organisations, and commercial archaeology companies in order to share research and skills. The 2 day workshop will include presentations, poster sessions and microscope sessions.

We invite participants to bring samples, slides, and to present a short talk, or poster within these themes:

  • Woodland exploitation
  • Subsistence networks and diet
  • Plant use in funerary, religious and ritual contexts
  • Beyond the microscope: method development and microanalysis
  • Wetland archaeobotany
  • Wild plants in the archaeological record

Please send your abstracts for oral and poster presentations to

Abstracts should be no more than 200 words. When submitting your abstract, please write ‘IMAA 2018 Paper’ or ‘IMAA 2018 Poster’ as the subject of the email.

The deadline for abstracts has been extended until 4th December 2017

We have arranged break-out microscopy sessions on:

  • Micro and macro charcoal (led by Cathie Barnett, Uni. Reading, D. J. (Hans) Huisman, Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands, and Petra Dark, Uni. Reading)
  • The microscopic features of dung (led by Rowena Banerjea and Lionello Morandi, Uni. Reading)
  • Plant macroremains and wetland management (with discussion led by Daniel Young, Uni. Reading)
  • Phytoliths (led by Marta Portillo, Uni. Reading)

There will be an opportunity to visit the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology on campus, and Professor Amy Smith, Curator, will give a botanical themed talk on the collection.

There is no charge to attend the workshop.

Details about registration will follow soon.

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Organising committee:

Dr Rowena Banerjea, Dr Catherine Barnett, Dr Marta Portillo, Dr Daniel Young