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Research - Education: Call for Papers
Interpreting the Archaeological Record: 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.
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by Archaeology Newsroom

Social, cultural and demographic processes in migration periods

Methodologies to investigate them

“Methodologies to investigate social, cultural and demographic processes in migration periods” is the topic of the 22nd annual meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists, due to be held in Vilnius, on 31st August-4th September 2016.

The “migration period” is characterized by movements of people coming from the fringes of the Roman Empire and settled on the Roman territories. Such period is poor of contemporary historical records, but rich of archaeological material. This has opened a long-lasting debate to have a view of the patterns of migrations, the impact of new peoples on the autochthonous populations, and the demographic processes occurred. The study of the early medieval period encourages a more direct comparison between different disciplines both in terms of methodology and result data.

In recent years, archaeology has considerably improved its interdisciplinary approach, integrating scientific evidence to construct a nuanced view of human patterns of migration and demographic models. The session offers a forum for the discussion of archaeological and scientific approaches to the study of past migrations and the dynamics of human interactions.

Topic: Interpreting the Archaeological Record

The Session organizers of the conference invite a) papers dealing with the theme of migration in any time period, not necessarily medieval, which work comparatively across regions. Aim is to discuss current methodologies and results in the study of human past migrations. b) researches that use recent scientific data, such as isotopes and DNA analysis, to investigate patterns of human migrations, interaction between migrants and autochthons, and reconstruction of demographic scenarios. c) presentations on the management of diachronic and interregional data collected in datasets and maps, which possibly relates results from different disciplines and researchers, in order to open the floor to discussion of future disciplinary aims in terms of data collection, management and presentation.

Session organizers:

Author – Conselvan, Francesca, University of Vienna/Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Vienna, Austria

Co-author(s) – Codromaz, Federica, Università degli studi di Trieste, Trieste, Italy

Co-author(s) – Innocenti, Dario, Università Ca’ Foscari di Venezia, Venezia, Italy



You can see the complete Call for Papers here


The deadline is 15th February 2016