Topic 7 - Environmental Archaeologies
 
Convenors:
 
Session 1: Environmental Archaeologies:
Joëlle Burnouf, Professeure d’Archéologie Médievale, Université Paris I – Panthéon-Sorbonne, UMR 7041 – ArScAn – Equipe S « Archéologies environnementales »
joelle.burnouf@wanadoo.fr
 
Session 2: The medieval societies and their areas: towards historical biodiversity:
Corinne Beck (UMR 7041-ArScAn-équipe "Archéologies environnementales")
cbeck16@wanadoo.fr                                                                              
Marie-Christine Marinval (UMR 7041-ArScAn-équipe "Archéologies environnementales")
m-c.marinval@wanadoo.fr
 
Session 3: Archaeozoology - Medieval Zooarchaeology and Archaeozoology in Europe: the State of Research and Future Directions
Aleks Pluskowski, (McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge),
agp21@cam.ac.uk
Antonella Buglione, Dipartimento di Scienze Umane, Università di Foggia
antoinette_it@yahoo.it
Giovanni de Venuto, Department of Scienze Umane, University of Foggia
giovannidevenuto@yahoo.it
 
    For several years, medievalist archaeologists have worked towards a better understanding of environmental aspects. They give priority to the environmental approach on interdisciplinary projects, including diachronic on long term issues and in
the field of natural sciences.
 
Session 1: Environmental Archaeologies
    To characterize the environmental dynamics and their changes and to study the settlement, exploitation and management of the spaces by the societies.
 
Session 2: The medieval societies and their areas: towards historical biodiversity:
    Sources analysed through an interdisciplinary perspective, bio indicators, human activities, spatial and temporal scales on which the anthropologic effects can be observed.
 
Session 3 : Archaeozoology - Medieval Zooarchaeology and Archaeozoology in Europe: the State of Research and Future Directions
    Research on animal remains from medieval archaeological sites has significantly advanced our understanding of human ecology in the past, however there is an impression of an uneven balance in the quantity of research on faunal material from one region of Europe to the next, and a limited knowledge of what sorts of questions are being asked of the material in different countries. This conference represents a rare opportunity to bring together zooarchaeologists and archaeozoologists working with medieval contexts from across Europe in order to gauge the current state of the discipline, compare approaches, data sets and future directions. Papers are invited from any archaeologist working with faunal material at any level, from post-graduate to post-doctoral.
    The aim is to construct a session with a broad diversity of approaches, and to represent as many traditions of faunal analysis from across Europe as possible. Within this open remit, the organisers particularly welcome papers focusing on comparative approaches to urban and rural contexts, diverse environmental contexts, similarities and differences between research in Northern and Southern Europe, between Eastern and Western Europe, new methodologies, research strategies and methods of integrating data at the inter-regional level. The hope of the organisers is that this session will consolidate and stimulate interest in European medieval zooarchaeology/archaeozoology for students and researchers well into the future.