6th Experimental Archaeology Conference, York
An informal, individual perspective on the 6th Experimental Archaeology Conference #exparch6, held on the 6th-7th January 2012.
- Having done some thinking on my experiences in 2011 on both learning and teaching experimental archaeology, I had submitted an abstract to the 6th Experimental Archaeology Conference expecting to perhaps get the opportunity to present a poster.
I was happy to find out in November 2011 that I had been accepted for an oral paper, and I was off to York! Although I knew @exarc_net from some shared teaching experience, I had never been to this conference before and was unsure what to expect.
- I certainly wasn't prepared for the amazing building that the archaeology department is housed in!
- There were around 40 attendees, twelve papers over two days, a demonstration session on the final afternoon, and posters displayed during lunch.
You can find a list of the posters, papers and some of the abstracts at the new archival web presence for the conference:
- The introductory 'welcome' lecture was by Professor Matthew Collins was entitled "Experimental archaeology and the scientific method" but rather perplexingly was a discussion about contracting-out biological data collection.
- Collins clearly knew his stuff as the head of the BioArCh project/department at York, but I was left a little bemused, and perhaps a little put-out that interdisciplinary archaeometrists didn't get a mention! But there was no time wasted, and we were straight into the science with a paper by Pascal Flohr and others on reconstructing past water availability by looking at the ratio of carbon 12 and carbon 13.
- This was followed by a paper by Rowena Banerja and others on identifying formation processes using geoarchaeology, which was an unfamiliar area to me but had some really good archaeological conclusions.
- The last paper before coffee was Sally Hoare using a type of environmental magnetism technique. It was a great paper, but the science literally blew the minds of most of the audience!
- I kept thinking - I should understand this - and getting stuck on the confusing terms and acronyms. But I really respected the authors for presenting negative evidence, particularly as it contradicts some published work.
- The problem with tweeting from one's phone is the damn auto-correct! Hammerle was presenting on faience manufacture.
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