WASM 2023

Registration is now closed for the Working Group on Archaeological Soil Micromorphology (WASM)  which will be held at the Department of Archaeology, University of Reading, UK, on 30th-31st March 2023. WASM will be held directly before the IMAA workshop, which will take place on 1st-2nd April and is bookable as a separate event.

Information for Participants

The workshop will be held on the Whiteknights Campus in the Allen Laboratory, which is Building 48 on the campus map. Please follow the link for directions to campus and accommodation options on campus (please note that the WASM is being held out of term time). There are a number of chain hotels in the town centre, which is easily accessible by bus.

**Please follow updates for rail strikes with National Rail. If you are flying into Heathrow airport, the coach is the best way to travel directly to Reading and it is very quick.**

Non-permit parking is located in Carpark 1 and 1a on the campus map and is Pay and Display.

Registration from 9am on Thursday 30th March 2023. Please go to room 110, Allen Laboratory (upstairs) on arrival. Microscopy will take place each day 9.30-17.00 The workshop ends at 17.00 on Friday 31st March 2023.

Participants will be able to purchase lunch and refreshments from university catering outlets or the Coop supermarket at their own expense. A room will be available in the Allen Laboratory for participants to eat their lunch should they wish to do so.


Schedule of informal talks


11.30 am Kevin Hayward, Building Materials Specialist, will introduce us to some medieval mortars from the Baltic and Iberia.

12.00pm Yannick Devos, will give a short talk, “Welcome to the Dark Side”, about a new collaborative project between VUB and the University of Basel.


2.00 pm Hazel McGoff, University of Reading, will talk to us about the University of Reading Geology collection and she will bring along some of Wager’s thin sections from Greenland and Iceland (igneous/volcanic rocks), our meteorites and thin sections and some of the microfaunal slides from the original Challenger Oceanographic expedition


WASM 2023 UoR Scientific  Committee

Rowena Banerjea r.y.banerjea@reading.ac.uk

Matt Canti

Wendy Matthews

Kate Dudgeon