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AGU Annual Meeting in Montreal, May 2015:


Combining Archaeology and Geosciences: the Challenges of Variable Time and Spatial Scales


This session explores recent developments in geoarchaeology, the science bridging geosciences and archaeology. Geoarchaeology is a dynamic and innovative field that applies geoscientific concepts, tools and methods to archaeological research questions. Contributions from sedimentology, geochronology, geochemistry, geology, geography and geophysics at variable time and spatial scales are invited. New applications and promising research avenues in geoarchaeology are welcome.



Agathe Lise-Pronovost, LaTrobe University, Melbourne, Australia

Adrian Burke, Université de Montréal, Montréal, Canada


Deadline: All abstract submissions must be received by 14 January, 2015 at 11:59 PM EST.







The Quandary of Quarries – Unique challenges and fascinating results.


Annual Meeting of the Canadian Archaeological Association, St. John’s Newfoundland, April 29-May 3, 2015


Session Co-Chairs: Laura Nuttall, Stantec Consulting Ltd., laura.nuttall@stantec.com  and Adrian L. Burke, Université de Montréal, adrian.burke@umontreal.ca


While lithic quarries have been identified around the world, the type of rock quarried, the methods for quarrying and the way in which the raw material was exploited varies widely. This poses challenges for archaeologists working with quarry assemblages, regarding excavation strategies and interpretation of data. From poorly defined definitions of what a quarry is, to the absence of stratigraphic separation, and lack of widespread raw material identification, quarries are complex and often disregarded due to the difficulty in interpreting data. Furthermore, multiple researchers, with differing methodologies and cataloguing schemes often work within close proximity at the same quarries. This has resulted in an inability to conduct comparative analysis between assemblages. Archaeologists working at quarry sites have developed unique ways in which to tackle the many problems quarry assemblages inherently present. This session, hosted by the CAA’s Quarry Special Interest Group, will focus on the methods used by these archaeologists and the interesting results they have produced.


You may also be interested in the activities of Arbeitskreis Geoarchäologie, a mainly German-speaking working group on geoarchaeology, with an annual meeting and other activities.  Check out their website: www.akgeoarchaeologie.de.