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


Submit abstracts by email to 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:
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).
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).
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.
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.

The 2019 workshop is now fully booked!

All spaces have now been filled for the 2019 IMAA workshop. Please email if you would like to be put on the waiting list. Equally, if you are unable to attend the workshop, please let us know so that we can give the space to someone on the waiting list. Many thanks! We’re looking forward to meeting all the participants in Reading.

Registration open and programme available

Registration is now open for the 2019 IMAA workshop and spaces are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Please register using this link:

Please be aware that you need to go all the way through the registration process and ensure that you click ‘confirm’. You will receive an automated confirmation email from the booking system.

The provisional timetable is now available:

Happy New Year from the IMAA organisers!

Dr Rowena Banerjea

Dr Catherine Barnett

Dr Dan Young

Josie Handley

Paul Flintoft


The call for abstracts for the next  IMAA workshop at the University of Reading on 16th -17th February 2019 is now open. We welcome oral and poster presentations on the following themes:

  • Ethnographic approaches in archaeobotany
  • Environmental archives in archaeobotany
  • Experiencing woodlands past and present
  • Plant use in the Middle Ages
  • Taphonomy of macro and microbotanical assemblages
  • Wetlands as palaeobotanical archives

Please send your 250 word abstract to  by 11th November 2018 with the subject heading ‘Oral presentation 2019orPoster presentation 2019‘ .

There are limited places at the workshop and priority will be given to people presenting research and bringing slides or samples. There is no participation fee.

Further details about the afternoon microscopy and practical sessions will be announced on our blog soon, and registration will follow shortly.

We look forward to welcoming you to Reading!

Organising committee:

Dr Rowena Banerjea

Dr Catherine Barnett

Dr Dan Young

Josie Handley

Paul Flintoft