IMAA 2020

The next IMAA workshop will take place at in the School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science, University of Reading, UK, on 15th and 16th February 2020. The workshop has been celebrated annually since 2016 and aims 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 event is a 2 day workshop, which includes oral presentations, poster sessions and microscope sessions.

We are pleased to announce the call for abstracts for oral and poster presentations on the following themes:

  • Agricultural revolutions and crop developments
  • Archaeobotany of unusual materials
  • New methodological innovations and developments in archaeobotany
  • Plants, pests and parasites
  • Reference collections in archaeobotany

DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS is extended to 15th NOVEMBER 2019

Submit abstracts (250 words max) by email to with the subject heading ‘2020 abstract’ and please specify your preference for a paper or poster presentation.

We are planning the following microscopy and discussion sessions (subject to scheduling) to take place during the weekend:

Themed integrated microscopy sessions:

  • Plants, pests and parasites
  • Crop remains and features of agriculture in soils and sediments

Specialist microscopy and/or discussion session on

  • Bioturbation 101: what is bioturbation and why is it important?
  • Fluorescence microscopy to examine organic remains in thin section
  • Charcoal analysis
  • Phytolith extraction methods and nomenclature

Spaces at the workshop are limited to 45 participants and priority will be given to those people who are presenting research and bring samples to observe in the microscopy sessions. There is no participation fee to attend the workshop.