Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Call for Papers - 2015 AIA Annual Meeting "Getting Elemental: Integrating Isotopes and Archaeology", , New Orleans, Jan 8th-11th

Call for Papers

"Getting Elemental: Integrating Isotopes and Archaeology"
2015 AIA Annual Meeting

Jan 8-11, 2015
New Orleans, LA,

Co-organizers: Catherine M. Kearns (Cornell University) and Jeffrey F. Leon (Cornell University)

Archaeometric investigations of stable and radioisotopes have, since the establishment of radiometric dating methods in the 1950s, become increasingly common in archaeological investigations.  From analyses of local herding practices to broader models of past climate, new work continues to highlight the potentials for isotopic analyses in reconstructions of ancient social, political, and cultural practices. These advances are possible because interdisciplinary approaches are integrating archaeological and isotopic data, thus avoiding the
unproductive "gap" between archaeology and the natural and physical sciences.  This AIA colloquium aims to draw examples of these new applications into dialogue, examining the limitations and challenges of isotopic research, while also exploring its potential to answer social, economic, and political questions about the ancient world.

We invite abstracts from a broad range of perspectives that emphasize the integration of isotopic and archaeological data from all regions of the ancient Mediterranean world, extending from earliest
prehistory.  Possible topics include (but are not limited to): tracking mobility and movement of faunal and human populations, diet and foodways, palaeoclimatic and palaeoenvironmental proxies, compositional analysis of materials, radiometric analysis, and residue analysis. Papers should either consider methodological aspects (e.g. how to effectively collect and collate isotopic data for archaeological applications; statistical approaches that are useful in presenting, analyzing and interpreting data in archaeological pursuits; limitations of isotopic analyses), or present current research projects employing isotopic approaches to answer archaeological research questions. Papers that link explicit archaeological questions with isotopic data and methods (rather than simply showing isotopic data-points) will be given priority.

Anonymous abstracts of no more than 400 words should be sent to, with identifying information in the email. Abstracts must follow the AIA guidelines, copied below.  In the body of the email, please confirm that you are a current AIA member.  The deadline for submission of abstracts is5pm March 4, 2014. Once a panel with AIA member contributions is composed, it will be submitted to AIA for approval.

 AIA guidelines for abstracts:
The title of a proposed presentation should indicate its specificcontent in clear terms. The abstract must not exceed 400 words and must conform to the "AIA Style Guidelines for Annual Meeting Abstracts," available in PDF format in the Annual Meeting section of the AIA website.
The research described should be referred to in the present tense rather than in the future tense. (e.g., "I present an analysis of three sealed deposits," rather than, "I will present an analysis of three sealed deposits."). While limited use of in-text citations (in author:year format) is acceptable, bibliographical references and footnotes should not be included and will be removed.

Conference Announcement - Interdisciplinary Studies of Ancient Materials from the Mediterranean, Sept. 17-19, 2014, Nicosia, Cyprus

Interdisciplinary Studies of Ancient Materials from the Mediterranean
Nicosia, 17-19 September, 2014
University of Cyprus

The NARNIA research network is pleased to announce the organisation of the international conference, entitled: "Interdisciplinary Studies of Ancient Materials from the Mediterranean", to be held at the main campus of the University of Cyprus, in Nicosia, Cyprus, between the 17th and 19th of September 2014.

The conference will provide an opportunity for new and established researchers to share research in an international forum and to exchange ideas on the latest interdisciplinary approaches, analytical techniques and methodologies for the integrated study of ancient materials, technologies and the environment. The NARNIA network is a collaboration of researchers who are engaged in the holistic study of ancient materials to facilitate a better understanding of the strategies associated with the production and the consumption of material culture and its impact on the historic and ancient environment.

We invite oral and poster presentations of research projects that cut across disciplines, and combine archaeological and analytical data to aid archaeological and historical interpretation. Contributions that
discuss ancient production techniques, the history of technology, cultural transformation at both local and regional scales are especially welcome. In addition to the papers that will be presented by the twenty NARNIA fellows, we encourage presentations by other research teams or individuals outside of the NARNIA network.

Submitted papers and posters should fall under one or more of the
following themes, which correspond to the work areas of the NARNIA
  1. The interdisciplinary study of ancient ceramics
  2. Ancient and historical glass production and trade
  3. Copper metallurgy across the Mediterranean
  4. Interdisciplinary assessments of architectural decoration
  5. (mosaics, wall-paintings, stone buildings)
  6. Dating techniques and the palaeo-environment
  7. pXRF application in Archaeology

Abstract Submission:
Abstracts of a maximum of 250 words should be submitted by the 31st of March 2014 to in MS Word or PDF format. Abstracts should be accompanied by the following information:
  • Surname
  • First Name
  • Position
  • Affiliation
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • Paper or Poster presentation (please select one)
  • Title of paper or poster presentation
The outcome of the abstract submission evaluation will be sent to the authors directly, by May 9, 2014

The official language of the workshop is English. Oral presentations should not exceed 15 minutes.

Conference Expenses
Participants are responsible for their travel and accommodation expenses. There will be registration fee of 75 EURO (50 EURO reduced price for students), which will cover the costs of coffee breaks during the conference and one conference dinner.

The peer-reviewed papers will be published in the form of an edited volume. Acceptance for presentation of a paper does not guarantee acceptance for publication. Authors of papers that are accepted for publication, will be contacted separately in due time, with clear instructions on the publication procedure.

Organising committee
Prof. Vasiliki Kassianidou - NARNIA project coordinator, Archaeological Research Unit, University of Cyprus
Dr Maria Dikomitou-Eliadou - NARNIA project manager, Archaeological Research Unit, University of Cyprus

Scientific committee
Dr Eleni Aloupi (Thetis Authentics Ltd)
Dr Fadi Balaawi (Hashemite University)
Dr Yannis Bassiakos (N.C.S.R. Demokritos)
Dr Peter Day (University of Sheffield)
Dr Maria Dikomitou-Eliadou (University of Cyprus)
Dr Roger Doonan (University of Sheffield)
Dr Demetrios Eliades (G.M. EuroCy Innovations Ltd)
Prof. Anne-Marie Guimier-Sorbets (Universite Paris-Ouest)
Prof. Vasiliki Kassianidou (University of Cyprus)
Dr Vassilis Kilikoglou (N.C.S.R. Demokritos)
Prof. Marcos Martinón-Torres (University College London)
Prof. Demetrios Michaelides (University of Cyprus)
Mr George Milis (G.M. EuroCy Innovations Ltd)
Prof. Karin Nys (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
Dr Giorgos Papasavvas (University of Cyprus)
Prof. Thilo Rehren (University College London Qatar)

For further information or clarifications, please contact Dr Maria Dikomitou-Eliadou, the NARNIA project manager, Archaeological Research Unit, University of Cyprus, e-mail:

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Position Announcement-Center for Materials Research in Archaeology and Ethnology, MIT


The Center for Materials Research in Archaeology and Ethnology (CMRAE) invites applications for a full-time technical instructor/laboratory supervisor at the CMRAE Graduate Laboratory. The appointment is open now, and the position will remain open until filled.  The Graduate Laboratory is the primary facility where all CMRAE graduate and  undergraduate instruction takes place in the materials science and engineering of archaeological materials. Graduate students carry out their Ph.D. research and undergraduates their senior thesis research in this facility. Applicants must be skilled microscopists with considerable experience in either or both metallography [of metals, slags] and thin section, petrographic analysis of samples [ceramics, rocks, cements] with the polarizing microscope. Expertise in photography of archaeological artifacts and in handling a variety of laboratory computers and computer programs, especially Photoshop, is required. The position includes the opportunity for the laboratory supervisor to conduct independent, ongoing research and to work with faculty jointly on research projects. Experience in laboratory instruction of undergraduate students is  important. Applicants must have the Ph.D., or MA/MS degree and at least three years of experience. Applications are welcome from geologists, materials engineers, archaeological scientists, and others.

Laboratory supervisor’s responsibilities include, Instruction: one-on-one supervision of all users of the laboratory, working closely with CMRAE faculty on design and teaching of CMRAE laboratory courses, preparation of protocols for use of all major pieces of lab equipment, computer-aided documentation of all lab procedures; Research and documentation: work with faculty/staff/students on research projects and preparation of high quality research reports that include a range of inorganic materials, develop, maintain, and document reference collections of archaeological materials; Equipment maintenance: purchase of minor pieces of equipment and all lab supplies, maintenance of equipment in all CMRAE facilities, major responsibility for maintaining CMRAE lab computers and installing state-of-the-art software.

Please send application letter, including a statement of research interests and details of laboratory experience and teaching, CV, and names, electronic and postal addresses, and telephone and fax numbers of three references to: Prof.Heather Lechtman, MIT, Rm. 8-437, Cambridge, MA 02139, or via email to 

MIT is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. This employer does prohibit discrimination based on gender identity/expression.