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).
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