5th Experimental Archaeology Conference Workshop Abstract – Rowena Banerjea

From the 5th Experimental Archaeology Conference, Reading, 2011.

Micromorphology and Experimental Archaeology (Researching Archaeological Formation and Post-depositional Processes using Micromorphology at Experimental Sites)

Rowena Banerjea

Department of Archaeology, University of Reading

A key advantage of experimental sites for the micromorphologist is to use these sites to understand further the depositional and post-depositional processes that take place in the archaeological record. The aim of this workshop is to pull together micromorphologists and other geoarchaeologists working on archaeological deposits to: a) share the outcomes and experiences of their experimental research; b) observe micromorphological thin-sections from a range of experimental archaeological contexts including experimental hut floors, buried soils and experimental earthworks; and c) discuss research objectives and potential guidelines for experimental centres concerning micromorphological research at these sites.

This 90 minute workshop will be structured as follows:

– Introduction to the theme (5 minutes): Researching archaeological formation and post-depositional processes using micromorphology at experimental sites.

– Short introductory talks (4 x 5 minutes). Theme: Researching archaeological formation and post-depositional processes using micromorphology at experimental sites.

– Microscope time (50 minutes): Cards will be provided for you to indentify your thin-sections and to provide information on the site and key sediment features of interest.

– Discussion (20 minutes): concerning the interactive relationships between micromorphologists (and other integrated analyses) and experimental centres. What are our research objectives? What potential guidelines can we provide for experimental centres concerning micromorphological research (and other integrated analyses) at these sites?

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