1. Interpreting the Archaeological Record (TH1)

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Archaeological material remains and archaeological records of the past are the main sources of archaeological research. Growing ranges of methodological tools now help to interpret that record. The way in which we use these methods to define and decode the past predetermines the way in which the scientific goals of our research agendas are achieved. New research questions in archaeology go far beyond those posed using traditional methods of analysis and treatment of material cultural remains. An absence of evidence is no longer considered evidence of absence. Research now seeks to identify the potential cultural ‘presence’ behind absence in the record. Using new techniques, new analytical equipment and new procedures, in appropriate theoretical frameworks and contextual proxies, archaeological research continues to refine its interpretation of the past.

This theme is inviting sessions dealing with technology, survey, typology, statistics, ethnoarchaeology, geoarchaeology and other scientific applications to the research of archaeological evidence and artefacts. It is also a call for papers that address new questions to the technological records now available to research. What is sought is a diachronic perspective that reflects new methods of decision-making in research strategies and our understanding of social agency in archaeology. This theme seeks to address our cognitive and post-processual reading of the past as a tool in defining ‘artefact’ and biography, and informing our creation of narratives.

SESSIONS FOR THIS THEME


TH1-01

Archaeo-Ornithology: Figurations of Human-Bird Interfaces in Prehistory and Early History


TH1-02
Petrification Processes in (Pre-)History


MERCTH1-03
Homo Ludens Medievalis: Towards an Archaeology of Medieval Play


TH1-04
The invisible constant. Building new frameworks for an archaeological understanding of migration as cultural behavior


TH1-05
All that Glitters is Not Gold: New Approaches to Sumptuous Burials between Western Europe and the Eurasian Steppe


MERCTH1-06
Lifestyles At Medieval Castles: Current Methodological Approaches


TH1-07
The selective deposition of metalwork in the Bronze Age: a Pan-European phenomenon?

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TH1-08
Under the raised roof: creating the space for family and community


TH1-09
Behind the glass: new reflections on glass in Iron Age societies


TH1-10
Exploitation strategies of the animal environment of the last hunter-gatherers and first farmers in Europe


MERCTH1-11
Between landing site and vicus – between emporium and town. Framing the early medieval urban development


TH1-12
Costume complex (clothes and its attire): development, relationships, forms and technologies in time and expanse


TH1-13
Tradition and innovation in textile technology in Bronze Age Europe and the Mediterranean


TH1-14
Child`s life – between play and work


MERCTH1-15
Charting Otherworlds: Cemeteries as Cult Sites


TH1-16
Lithic raw materials in prehistory: sourcing, network distribution and use


MERCTH1-17
Placing medieval buildings in context


TH1-18
Social dynamics and transformation during the Late Neolithic and Bronze Age


TH1-19
Food choice and alimentary practices: from meals to diet and from site to region – the difficulties and benefits of examinations of diet and dietary practices


TH1-20
Regional and chronological development of fishing: its significance in past economies and their socioeconomic dynamics


MERCTH1-21
 After the flames. New approaches to the study of the Medieval sites with funeral cremations in Northern and Eastern Europe


TH1-23
Mesolithic dwelling structures: from methodological approaches to archaeological interpretation


TH1-24
Weights and weighing from the Bronze Age to the Middle Ages: perception, context, use


TH1-25
Bothered by bog bodies


TH1-26
The life biography of artefacts and ritual practice


TH1-27
What’s it all worth? Material possessions and value in past societies


MERCTH1-28
 Religious landscapes in the North Atlantic


TH1-29
Visualizing the Past. Exploring Meaningful Approaches in Interpreting the Archaeological Record through Illustrations and Reconstructions


TH1-30
Evaluating the importance of osseous tools in the Early Holocene: a European perspective


TH1-31
“Barbarians” of Eastern Europe in the system of cross-cultural interactions


MERCTH1-32
 Iron making techniques and social change in the medieval and early modern Europe


TH1-33
Methodologies to investigate social, cultural and demographic processes in migration periods


TH1-34
What If We Build This Here? Spatial Patterns, Community Organization, and Identity at Nucleated Settlements


TH1-35
Build with mud brick in the Neolithic : technical contraints and cultural choice