5. Science and multidisciplinarity in archaeology (TH5)

tema 5 (1)

Advancement in the use and application of scientific techniques and methodologies in archaeology have significantly altered and contributed to our knowledge of the past. Many of the greatest examples of the research reconstructions of the past have been achieved through the integrated application of multidisciplinary methodologies. This theme seeks contributions that examine how the combination of interdisciplinary research methodologies have affected and influenced development in all areas of archaeology. Debates on both the advantages and the limitations of scientific techniques are invited, together with case study examples that illustrate the improvement of quality and reliability in particular analytical methods.

Closely related to long-standing scientific methodologies in archaeology, bioarchaeology is increasingly presenting a new focus on application of a variety of biological research platforms to our understanding of the past. Employing new technologies, new methodologies and new knowledge from biomedicine, chemistry, physics and biomolecular research, these complement our understanding of the past by adding a “biological dimension” to archaeology. In this theme, we call for contributions and discussion on various aspects of human and animal agency and interaction (morphological variability, growth and development, senescence, diseases, diets) as well as human and animal population studies (paleodemography, genetics).


Investigating Geochemical and Petrographic Methods for Flint Identification in Archaeology

Unravelling the formation processes of the archaeological record by integrating environmental archaeology and traditional field excavation

Biogeochemical approaches to archaeological diet, mobility and disease

Cremated remains in archaeology: new methods, findings, and interpretations

Plague in diachronic and interdisciplinary perspective

New Knowledge About Past Societies Through the Use of Advanced Remote Sensing Techniques

Food for thought – interdisciplinary responses to dietary studies in bioarchaeological research

Geoarchaeology of Prehistoric settlements: new insights into use of space, dwellings, household activities and land use

“Gnu directions in R-chaeology”: innovations in the use of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) to achieve an open archaeology

Methods of metal detecting survey in archaeology

Novel approaches to understanding palaeoenvironmental and palaeoclimatic change, and their impact on past human and animal behaviour

Human land use and subsistence history over the Holocene

New developments in isotope and trace element analyses

Multiproxy Wetland and Lake Environmental Archaeology: From Niche Construction Theory to Ancient DNA

Archaeology, Language and Genetics: In Search of the Indo-Europeans