IMAA 2019 Provisional Timetable

IMAA 2019 Saturday 16th February 2019

Theme: Ethnographic approaches in archaeobotany


Sarah E. Edwards, Honorary Research Associate UCL School of Pharmacy; Institute of Human Sciences, University of Oxford

Methodological concerns: the politics and ethics of ethnobiology research

Marta Portillo, Visiting research fellow, Dept. of Archaeology, University of Reading,

The taphonomy of plant and dung microfossils through ethnoarchaeological and experimental approaches

Sarah Elliott, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, CBRL-British Institute in Amman (BIA)/ Bournemouth University

Using phytoliths in Ethnoarchaeological Research: Documenting phytolith assemblages in anthropogenic and animal residues from modern case studies and reference collections


Theme: Experiencing woodlands past and present


Yin Jia, Department   of   Archaeology, School of history and culture, Shandong University

A review on the wood analysis in the pre-Qin period of China

Alex Brown, Wessex Archaeology

Woodland as a window on the medieval cultural landscape: the example of the Forest of Sztum,

Northern Poland

Dan Young, Quaternary Scientific (QUEST), University of Reading The early Lateglacial Interstadial environment in Britain: evidence of alder (Alnus glutinosa [L.] Gaertn.) in the Vale of Mowbray, North Yorkshire, UK


Theme: Wetlands as palaeobotanical archives


Luke Andrews, University of York

How faithfully do climate manipulation experiments simulate real periods of climate change?

Rob Batchelor, Quaternary Scientific (QUEST), University of Reading

Reconstructing the vegetation history of Greater London


Microscopy session: charcoal and charred remains

Including a short talk by Lara Gonzalez Carretero, UCL Institute of Archaeology; Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA)

Micro-analysis of archaeological food products under binocular microscope and Scanning Electronic Microscope (SEM)



Round table discussion of phytolith extraction methods


Microscopy session: wetlands

Including a short talk by Petra Dark, Visiting research fellow, Dept. of Archaeology, University of Reading

Pollen analysis as an indicator of wetland site degradation: perspectives from 6o years of pollen analysis at Star Carr

IMAA 2019 Sunday 17th February 2019

Theme: Taphonomy of macro and microbotanical assemblages


Phillip Jardine, Research Associate, Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, University of Münster

Chemical analysis of pollen and spores: a new tool for reconstructing past vegetation and environmental change

Luc Vrydaghs, CReA-patrimoine, Univeristé Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels. Belgium

Comparing phytolith analysis of bulk samples and soil thin sections. Preliminary results of a statistical analysis

Chioma Ngonadi, Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge

Microscopic analysis of plant resources from an Early Iron Working site in Southeastern- Nigeria.

Juan José García-Granero, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellow, School of Archaeology, University of Oxford

Starch taphonomy, equifinality and the importance of context: some notes on the identification of food processing through starch grain analysis

Wendy Matthews, Dept. of Archaeology, School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science, University of Reading

Macro and micro-botanical diversity and taphonomy: New insights into built environment sustainability and health


Theme: Plant Use in the Middle Ages


Rowena Banerjea, Dept. of Archaeology, School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science, University of Reading

Differential preservation of plant remains and organic materials within the buried archaeology at medieval castle sites across Europe

Koen Deforce, Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, OD Earth and History of Life

Plant remains in medieval burials. Taphonomic constrains and archaeobotanical potential.



Microscopy Session: Context is Key

Including a short talk by Kelly Reed, University of Oxford

Sample or not to sample: archaeobotanical remains from funerary and ritual contexts


Discussion Session: Environmental archives

Including a short talk by Lisa Lodwick, Post-doctoral Research Fellow, All Souls College, University of Oxford

Utilising archived archaeobotanical archives for isotopic investigations of past farming practice