Saturday 8th January
Morning Session: Experimental approaches to archaeological taphonomy
Keynote Paper Experimental earthworks and the formation of the archaeological record – Martin Bell
Chemical analysis of buried soils from experimental earthworks with comparison to archaeological case studies – Amy Poole
Phytoliths as indicators of past water availability and palaeoeconomic practices – Emma Jenkins, Sameeh Nuimat, Khalil Jamjoum, Ambroise Baker, Sarah Elliott & Fiona Underwood
Stable isotope analyses of ancient cereal grains for environmental reconstruction: using experimental archaeology to improve existing methodology – Pascal Flohr (abstract and additional references available)
Afternoon Session: Experimental approaches to artefact use and wear
Raw material inter- and intra-type variability as a factor in use-wear formation: an experimental example from north-western New Mexico – Harry Lerner (abstract available here).
The role of experiments in solving functional riddles: the case of the infamous ‘polish 23’ – Annelou van Gijn & Annemieke Verbaas
Can it be natural? The application of experimental data and 3D scanning to the study of Acheulian bifaces and the accumulation processes of their knapping by-products – Leore Grosman & Gonen Sharon (abstract and additional links available)
Reconstruction of ancient armour: a scientific approach – David Sim
Developing scientific approaches in experimental archaeology, any possibility? – Roeland Paardekooper (abstract available here).
Sunday 9th January
Morning Session I: Experimental approaches to archaeological fire
On probes and samples: an experimental framework for Middle Stone Age pyrotechnology – Silje Bentsen
Firewood in Viking age Iceland: an experimental approach – Dawn Mooney, Nikola Trbojevic & Aidan Bell (abstract available). Recently published as: Trbojevic, N., Mooney, D.E., & Bell, A.J. 2012. ‘A Firewood Experiment at Eiríksstaðir: A Step Towards Quantifying the Use of Firewood for Daily Household Needs in Viking Age Iceland’. Archaeologia Islandica 9:29-40.
Morning Session II: Practice in experimental archaeology
Experimental archaeology as scientific practice: 1796 to present – Jodi Reeves Flores (abstract available).
Ethnoarchaeology: a comparison to experimental archaeology and a critical evaluation of its application in Neolithic studies in central Turkey and the Zagros, Iran – Wendy Matthews