IMAA 2019 Timetable

IMAA 2019 Saturday 16th February 2019

9.00-9.30 Registration in the Archaeology Atrium

9.30-9.45 Welcome (Sorby Room, Wager Building)

Theme: Ethnographic approaches in archaeobotany

Chair Rowena Banerjea, UoR

9.45 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

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

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

10.15-10.30 Questions and discussion


10.30-10.45 Coffee (Sorby Room)


Theme: Experiencing woodlands past and present

Chair Cathie Barnett, UoR

10.45 Alex Brown, Wessex Archaeology

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

11.00 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

Chair Dan Young, UoR

11.15 Luke Andrews, University of York

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

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

Reconstructing the vegetation history of Greater London

11.45-12.15 Questions and discussion


12.15 Lunch & Poster viewing (Archaeology Atrium)

During the lunch break, there will also be an opportunity (weather permitting) to go on the Whiteknights Tree Walk on campus. Please bring a waterproof coat and appropriate shoes if you would like to go.


13.30-15.15 Microscopy session: charcoal and charred remains 

Organisers Cathie Barnett, UoR, and Koen Deforce, Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, OD Earth and History of Life

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)


15.00-17.00 Tea/Coffee will be available in the Sorby Room


15.00-16.00 Discussion

Round table discussion of phytolith extraction methods


15.15-17.30 Microscopy session: wetlands

Organiser Dan Young, UoR

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

17.30-19.00 Drinks reception and poster viewing (Archaeology Atrium) 

19.30 Dinner (Sizzling Spice, Christchurch Rd)


IMAA 2019 Sunday 17th February 2019

9.30-10.00 Registration (Archaeology Atrium)

Theme: Taphonomy of macro and microbotanical assemblages

Chair Rowena Banerjea, UoR

10.00 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

10.15 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

10.30 Chioma Ngonadi, Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge

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

10.45 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

11.00-11.15 Questions and Discussion


11.15-11.30 Coffee (Sorby Room)


11.30 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

Chair Josie Handley

11.45 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

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

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

12.15-12.30 Questions

12.30-13.30 Lunch and Poster viewing (Archaeology Atrium)


13.30-15.00 Microscopy Session: Context is Key

Organiser Rowena Banerjea, UoR

Including a short talk by Kelly Reed, University of Oxford

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


15.00-15.15 Tea/Coffee (Sorby Room)


15.15-16.30 Discussion Session: Environmental archives

Organiser Paul Flintoft, UoR

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

15.15-16.30 Microscope free time in G08, Allen Lab

16.30 Workshop ends