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Charcoal Science in Archaeology and Palaeoecology

The University of Liverpool is proud to host the 7th International Anthracology Meeting from 2-6 September 2019.

Anthraco2019 will take place in The Central Teaching Hub, University of Liverpool which is located on the Liverpool Main Campus, Building 221, (Grid Ref F,16) on the University Campus Map.

Registration is now open.

Registration is now open and will close at 11pm on Monday 26th August 2019. Book by 11pm on Sunday 30th June 2019 to benefit from the early bird rate, registration will increase by £50 after this point. 

The finalised anthraco2019 conference programme for all paper and poster sessions will be available here soon.

Conference sessions include:

  • New Developments in Charcoal Science

This session incorporates contributions addressing the development of new methods in anthracology through the lens of related disciplines such as geochemistry (e.g., stable isotope science), wood anatomy (e.g., the development of new charcoal reference collections and atlases, new developments in charcoal identification including previously unreported charcoal taxa), charcoal taphonomy (e.g., through GIS, or actualistic and/or experimental studies), sample selection protocols for radiocarbon dating wood charcoals, new microscopy, imaging and metrical analysis methods, new data analysis and graphics applications, the study of challenging assemblages (e.g., artefacts, worked wood, tool marks), etc.

  • Charcoal Science and Human Palaeoecology

Is entirely devoted to the presentation of new results from archaeo-anthracological projects focusing on palaeoenvironmental reconstruction, past wood fuel and timber uses, human landscape impacts, and/or experimental and anthropological/ethnographic studies conducted independently or in conjunction with an ongoing archaeological project. Any type of archaeological context and any period and geographical region are considered. Paper and poster submissions to this session should demonstrate a strong palaeoecological and/or anthropological focus.

  • Interdisciplinary Studies

This session addresses interdisciplinary topics aiming to integrate the study of archaeological wood charcoal macro-remains with data categories derived from other sub-disciplines of environmental archaeology (including e.g., the archaeobotany of plant macro- and micro-remains such as seeds, phytoliths, starch and archaeo-palynomorphs; pollen analysis; vegetation modelling; archaeozoology; soil micromorphology; etc.) It also includes interdisciplinary methodological contributions focusing on specific data mining and/or integration methods.

  • Dendro-Anthracology

This session focuses on recent theoretical and methodological advances in the study of tree rings in archaeological charcoals and related developments in tree ring science and ecological wood anatomy. Archaeological case studies focusing primarily on the reconstruction of fuel/timber wood exploitation strategies, woodland growth conditions and ancient woodland management regimes are also included.

  • The Anthracology of Kilns and Charcoal Burning

Focuses on recent research of charcoal production sites, and the use of charcoal as fuel in domestic and industrial contexts (e.g., metallurgy, pottery and glass kilns, etc.) Papers dealing with all aspects of charcoal production and use as fuel, their multifaceted impacts on woodland ecology and past landscapes, and/or related methodological issues and advances in these fields, are included.

  • Palaeobotany and Pedoanthracology

This session includes the study of charcoal remains originating in non-archaeological (off-site) assemblages (e.g., pre-Quaternary charcoal fossils, micro-charcoals from lakes and peat bogs, soil and sediment charcoal/ pedoanthracology).

Other scheduled events include:

  • Charcoal Science advanced microscopy sessions in the Environmental Sciences lab of the University of Liverpool Central Teaching Laboratories.

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