Important information for delegates: IMAA 2020

Important information for delegates attending the IMAA 2020 workshop.
Registration will take place in the Archaeology Atrium 8.30-9am on Saturday 15th Feb and 9.30-9.45am on Sunday 16th February. The talks in the morning will be in the Sorby room, Wager Building, and the microscopy sessions in the afternoon will either be in G06 or G08, Allen Lab (apart from the Fluorescence microscopy). All these buildings are joined together. On the campus map, the Archaeology department is Building 74, the Wager Building is 5, and the Allen Lab is 48: https://www.reading.ac.uk/web/files/maps/whiteknights-campus-map.pdf
We are located on the Whiteknights Campus and you can find details of how to arrive on the website: https://www.reading.ac.uk/about/visit-us.aspx Please note that parking permits are not required on campus for the weekend and car park 8 is the closest to the Archaeology building.
We’re looking forward to welcoming you all to Reading this weekend!
The organising committee
Rowena Banerjea
Cathie Barnett
Paul Flintoft
Lionello Morandi
Marta Portillo
Kevin Williams
Dan Young

Call for abstracts closed

Thank you to everyone who has submitted abstracts. The call for papers is now closed. We’ve had an overwhelming response and will have a packed and exciting programme for the 2020 workshop. More details about registration will be advertised soon. We’re looking forward to welcoming all the participants to Reading!

Abstract deadline extended

THE DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS is extended to 15th NOVEMBER 2019

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

The themes for oral and poster presentations are:

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

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

IMAA 2020 Call for Papers

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 11th  NOVEMBER 2019

Submit abstracts by email to imaaworkshop@gmail.com with the subject heading ‘2020 abstract’ and please specify your preference for a paper or poster presentation.

Click here for more information.

Papers online- Special Issue from 2016 and 2017 workshops

A collection of articles of research presented in the 2016 and 2017 IMAA workshops will be published as a special issue for Environmental Archaeology. All articles are currently in press and available online.

Editorial: Integrated Microscopy Approaches in Archaeobotany: proceedings of the 2016 and 2017 workshops, University of Reading, UK

Rowena Y. Banerjea, Catherine Barnett, Lionello Morandi, Marta Portillo

Feeding the Crusades: Archaeobotany, Animal Husbandry and Livestock Alimentation on the Baltic Frontier

R. Y. Banerjea, M. Badura, A. Brown, L. F. Morandi, M. Marcinkowski, H. Valk, K. Ismail-Meyer, A. Pluskowski

Fuelling the Fires: The Contribution of Wood Charcoal Analysis to a Landscape Scale Project at and Around Pre-Conquest Iron Age Silchester and a Reflection on Its Wider Implications

Catherine Barnett

Early Middle Ages Houses of Gien (France) from the Inside: Geoarchaeology and Archaeobotany of 9th–11th c. Floors

Q. Borderie, T. Ball, R. Banerjea, M. Bizri, C. Lejault, S. Save, A. Vaughan-Williams

Variable Ovicaprid Diet and Faecal Spherulite Production at Amara West, Sudan

Matthew Dalton and Phillipa Ryan

Early Animal Management Strategies during the Neolithic of the Konya Plain, Central Anatolia: Integrating Micromorphological and Microfossil Evidence

Aroa García-Suárez ,Marta Portillo & Wendy Matthews

An Ethnoarchaeological Case Study of Dung Fungal Spore and Faecal Spherulite Taphonomy in a Pastoral Cave Deposit

Lionello F. Morandi

Advances in Morphometrics in Archaeobotany

M. Portillo, T. B. Ball, M. Wallace, C. Murphy, S. Pérez-Díaz, M. Ruiz-Alonso, F. J. Aceituno & J. A.  López-Sáez

Visibility, Preservation and Colour: A Descriptive System for the Study of Opal Phytoliths in (Archaeological) Soil and Sediment Thin Sections

Luc Vrydaghs & Yannick Devos

 

Blog updated: abstracts available

Thank you to everyone who took part in and helped to organise the 2019 IMAA workshop. The blog has now been updated with some photos from the weekend and with the abstracts of the excellent oral and poster presentations.

As promised, here are a couple of links that were mentioned during the weekend:

The digital model of the recreation of Glastonbury Lake Village by South West Heritage Trust.

Details of the 3D Pollen Project led by UoR PhD researcher, Oliver Wilson.

Thank you again to the School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science for supporting the event and to our additional sponsors:

Workshop Information

We’re looking forward to welcoming all participants to the University of Reading for the IMAA workshop this weekend. The timetable for the workshop can be found on our website:  https://blogs.reading.ac.uk/integrated-microscopy-approaches-in-archaeobotany/imaa-2019/imaa-2019-timetable/
The workshop will take place in the School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science on the Whiteknights Campus. Please find travel advice on the university website.  For those people driving to campus, no permit is needed for the weekend. The nearest car-park is Car-Park 8 (see campus map).  https://www.reading.ac.uk/about/visit-us.aspx
Registration will take place in the Atrium of the Archaeology building (number 74 on the campus map). Oral presentations will take place in the Sorby Room, Wager Building (number 5 on the campus map). The microscopy sessions will take place in G08, Allen Lab (number 48 on the campus map).   http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/files/maps/whiteknights-campus-map.pdf
You will have the (weather permitting) opportunity to go on the Whiteknights Tree Walk on Saturday lunchtime. Please bring appropriate footwear and clothing for the UK winter weather if you would like to go on the walk.   http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/files/Grounds/Whiteknights_Tree_Walk_Oct_2014.pdf
The meal on Saturday evening will take place at the Sizzling Spice (Bangladeshi and Indian Cuisine), which is next to campus. Those participants who expressed an interest in coming to the meal will be emailed separately about these arrangements. Please let us know if you are no longer able to come to the meal.