Conference Calendar for 1st Half of 2019

International Archaeological Science and Experimental Archaeology Conferences and Symposiums: January - June 2019

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Archaeometric Analyses in Italy and Sicily
Saturday, January 5, 2019
San Diego, California, USA

This invited session will be held at the 2019 Joint Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) and the Society for Classical Studies (SCS).  The AIA and SCS Joint Annual Meeting brings together professional and vocational archaeologists and classicists from around the world to share the latest developments from the field. This well-attended conference is the largest and oldest established meeting of classical scholars and archaeologists in North America.  The full meeting will be held from January 3–6, 2019.

Registration is open:

13th Nordic Conference on the Application of Scientific Methods in Archaeology (SMIA)
Monday, January 21 through Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Stavanger, Norway

The SMIA conference will be held at Museum of Archaeology, University of Stavanger.  The aim of the conference is to bring together archaeologists and scientists to discuss new methodologies, techniques, and theories for scientific research in archaeology.  Furthermore, its aim is to disseminate knowledge and to develop cooperation between researchers in different fields and from different countries.  In addition to keynote addresses, papers, and posters, there will be three workshops on different aspects of archaeological XRF analysis.  You can sign up for a workshop on the conference registration form.

Registration is open but will close on December 15, 2018:

Frontiers in Heritage Science
Thursday, February 14 through Friday, February 15, 2019
Paris, France

This symposium is the first of the two main events of the World Meeting on Heritage, Sciences and Technologies, to be held in Paris from 13 to 16 February 2019.  Organized by the Académie des sciences and IPANEMA, under the aegis of the Interacademic Group for Development, the World Meeting will be held in the prestigious venue of 3 Mazarine, the new auditorium of the Institut de France.  It will include two main events, a scientific symposium and a day of round tables open to all audiences, accompanied by several satellite workshops in Île-de-France.  More than 2000 people are expected to attend the entire Meeting.

Learn more about the symposium and register here:

Bayesian Chronological Modeling Workshop

Tuesday, April 9 though Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

Day 1 (Tuesday, 09:00 to 16:30) Bayesian Modeling for Beginners will cover an introduction to radiocarbon dating and Bayesian chronological modeling with a series of practical exercises on calibration and the construction of simple 'Phase' and 'Sequence' models that form the building blocks of more complex chronological models.
Day 2 (Wednesday, 09:00 to 16:30) Advanced Modeling Techniques will cover the more advanced features in OxCal. We will cover marine and mixed-calibration model, age-depth and tree-ring sequence models, and finally discuss the use of simulation in the modeling process.
Participants are required to bring a laptop to the workshop and should prepare to use their laptops throughout the day. Exercises will be conducted with OxCal, a free, user friendly package. A printed workbook designed for the workshop will also be provided to all participants. The workbook will include descriptions of fundamental chronological modeling techniques, exercises demonstrating different techniques, and an annotated bibliography of key literature.
SAS Sponsored Archaeological science outside the ivory tower: Perspectives from CRM
Thursday, April 11, 2019
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

This invited symposium will be held at 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology (SAA), which will take place April 10 through 14, 2019.  The symposium seeks to highlight the intersection of two major trends in American archaeology over the last half century: the dramatic growth of both archaeological science and cultural resource management (CRM).  The session will both showcase research by CRM professionals and address future trends in archaeological science as part of cultural heritage management conducted outside of universities and museums.  In addition to research case studies, the 9 invited speakers and 2 discussants will share their perspective on topics such as the source of demand for archaeological science services, the utility of such services, the hiring of specialist personnel, collaborations with academics, and the archiving and accessibility of archaeological science datasets generated by CRM projects.

SAA annual meeting registration is open:
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United Kingdom Archaeological Sciences Conference 2019 (UKAS 2019)
Wednesday, April 24 through Friday, April 26, 2019
Manchester, United Kingdom

For the first time since its beginning 32 years ago, UKAS comes to Manchester, home of one of the first ancient DNA laboratories in the UK.  The conference venue will be The Manchester Institute of Biotechnology, at the University of Manchester.   Although we invite contributions on all aspects of archaeological science, we are particularly interested in the key themes listed below.  The abstract submission deadline is December 21, 2018.
  • Scientific Methods in Archaeological Site Interpretation   
  • Impacts of Archaeological Science on Cultural Heritage Resource Management
  • Trace Element Analysis and Material Sourcing
  • Origins and Spread of Agriculture
  • Health and Disease in Past Populations
  • Isotopes and Human Subsistence Strategies
  • Imaging Techniques Applied to Archaeology
  • Portable Techniques in Archaeological Science
  • Environmental Archaeology and Geoscience
Register through the University of Manchester online store using the link on this page:
Submit your abstract by completing and e-mailing the form on this page:

11th Experimental Archaeology Conference (EAC11)
Thursday, May 2 through Saturday, May 4, 2019
Trento, Italy

The EAC11 venue is the Humanities Department of University of Trento for the first two days, with excursions on the final day.  Inaugurated few years ago, the Department ( is a modern building located in the historic center at Via Tommaso Gar 14, 38122 Trento TN, a few hundred meters from Piazza Duomo and can be reached in about five minutes on foot from the train and bus station.  It hosts the "B.Bagolini" Laboratory (, the research unit dedicated to Prehistoric Archaeology.

Learn more about the conference program and register here:
You can also follow the event and contact the organizers on Facebook here:

SAS Co-Sponsored XXIIth GMPCA Colloquium: Conference on archaeological sciences
Thursday, May 9 through Sunday, May 12, 2019
Montréal, Canada

The GMPCA conference is leaving the European continent for the first time! The 22nd GMPCA conference will take place in Montréal on the campus of Université de Montréal.  The GMPCA conference is an international conference dedicated to the archaeological sciences or archaeometry. This year our theme will be “Archaeometry in all of its states: interdisciplinary perspectives for a discipline in constant evolution”.  The conference will be bilingual, in English and French. The proceedings will be published in article format as special themes in the journal Archéosciences.

Find out more on the conference website:
The deadline for submitting a title and abstract is Friday, January 4, 2018.
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Trial By Fire Conference
Friday, May 17 through Saturday, May 18, 2019
London, United Kingdom

This pyrotechnology and archaeomaterials-focused conference will be held at the University College London Institute of Archaeology. Abstracts can cover a range of topics and case studies, however, the conference aims to answer the following questions:
  • Can fire be considered an artefact? 
  • How have people engaged with fire over the course of history?
  • What can the aesthetics of a thermally altered object tell us about the burning event?
  • How has the study of fire evolved within the literature? How can fire be harnessed as an experimental tool moving forward?
Students and professionals alike are encouraged to contribute towards the development of this interdisciplinary understanding of fire. A wide range of presentations are expected from researchers who study or use fire for their research.

Learn more at the conference website:
Abstract submissions are due by Thursday, January 31, 2019:
You can also e-mail the conference organizers with questions: 

National Park Service 2019 Archaeological Prospection Workshop
Monday, May 20 through Friday, May 24, 2019
Fort Casimir (Bear), Delaware, USA

The National Park Service’s 2019 workshop on archaeological prospection techniques entitled Current Archeological Prospection Advances for Non-destructive Investigations of the Fort Casimir Site, Delaware, will be held May 20--24, 2019, at the Fort Casimir site in New Castle County, Delaware. Lodging will be at the Best Western Plus Newark/Christiana Inn in Bear, DE.  The lectures will be at a meeting room to be announced. The field exercises will take place at the Fort Casimir Site.  This will be the twenty-ninth year of the workshop dedicated to the use of geophysical, aerial photography, and other remote sensing methods as they apply to the identification, evaluation, conservation, and protection of archaeological resources. The workshop will present lectures on the theory of operation, methodology, processing, and interpretation with on-hands use of the equipment in the field.

Application forms are available on the Midwest Archeological Center’s web page:
Payment will be made by credit card through the Friends of NCPTT:
For further information, please contact Steven L. DeVore, Archeologist, National Park Service, Midwest Archeological Center:

Radiocarbon & Archaeology 9th International Symposium
Monday, May 20 through Friday, May 24, 2019
Athens, Georgia, USA

The symposium will showcase current archaeological research that employs radiocarbon, as well as recent developments in the radiocarbon technique.  Special thematic sessions will be held in honor of the 70th Anniversary of Libby’s publication of the application of 14C for age determination.  The symposium will include a full range of academic sessions, invited lectures, social events, and field trips within and beyond Athens.

You can also follow the event and contact the organizers on Facebook here:

VI Latin American Congress of Archaeometry
VI Congreso Latinoamericano de Arqueometría (CLA2019)
Wednesday, June 5 through Friday June 7, 2019
Bogotá, Colombia

VI CLA2019 is a continuation of the Archaeometry Congress, a specialized stage to promote the dissemination of the latest advances and applications of scientific techniques in the study of cultural assets and archaeological and historical sites.  The main objective of this event is to create a space to promote academic exchange based on experiences in archaeometric research, as well as to compare and contrast methodologies and problems in the discipline.  The International and Organizing Committee of CLA2019 invites researchers, professors, students and professionals from associated and interested disciplines to participate.  The headquarters will be at the University of the Andes in Bogotá.

Find out more about the conference and associated workshops and cultural activities here:
Registration and abstract submission does not appear to be open at the time of this post (December 2018) but send an e-mail requesting information here for clarification:  The deadline for abstract submissions is March 3, 2019.

Archaeometry and Cultural Heritage Session at Colloquium Spectroscopicum Internationale XLI (CSI XLI)
Sunday, June 9 through Friday, June 14, 2019
Mexico City, Mexico

The CSI XLI will be held in parallel with the first Latin-American Meeting on Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LAM-LIBS).  The programme will consist of plenary lectures (45 min including discussion), given by distinguished scientists, on different fields of spectroscopy. These lectures will be held in common sessions between CSI and LAM-LIBS.  The Archaeometry and Cultural Heritage session focuses on research and application of spectroscopy for the extraction of archaeological and historical information from cultural heritage and paleoenvironments. These include a wide range of topics, materials, techniques, chronologies and regions. Contributions related to characterization, diagnosis, conservation and restoration of culture heritage are also welcome.

Submit your abstract here before January 20, 2019:
Registration information is available here:

8th Developing International Geoarchaeology (DIG) conference
Monday, June 17 through Friday, June 21, 2019
Burnaby (Vancouver area), Canada

The 8th Developing International Geoarchaeology (DIG) conference will be hosted by the Archaeology Department at Simon Fraser University, Canada.  The goal of DIG is to bring together a wide variety of international researchers, practitioners and students in this diverse and interdisciplinary field to facilitate discussion, stimulate research, and promote international scholarship in geoarchaeology.  We invite submissions for paper and poster presentations on any area of geoarchaeology, from landscape to artefact characterization.  Submissions which integrate multidisciplinary scientific analysis with robust archaeological interpretation are especially encouraged.  One student paper and one student poster will be selected and awarded the prize for best DIG 2019 submissions.  As is traditional for DIG, there will be a petrographic thin section micromorphology workshop at the end of the conference. 

Find out more and register here:
Please fill and send the abstract submission form to before April 15th, 2019.

5th International Conference: Archaeometallurgy in Europe 2019
Wednesday, June 19 through Saturday, June 22, 2019
Miskolc, Hungary

The International Conference Archaeometallurgy in Europe was organized every four years since 2003.  The 2019 meeting will take place on the campus of the University of Miskolc in Hungary.  The Conference intends to promote an active dialogue among archaeometallurgy researchers with different specialisations and backgrounds, to create an opportunity to discuss the study of ancient metallurgical processes, and conservation science, and to discuss the application of modern metallurgical experimental methods and techniques to investigate, identify and date ancient artefacts.  The sessions of the conference cover the following main themes:
  • Archaeometallurgy of copper and copper based alloys (case studies, latest results)
  • Archaeometallurgy of iron (case studies, latest results)
  • Archaeometallurgy of precious metals and other non-ferrous metals 
  • Technology transfers over space and time
  • Latest experiences of related archaeometric methods and technologies
  • Comparative studies
Submit your abstracts by December 31, 2018:


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