Session: #501

Theme & Session Format

1. Widening horizons through human-environment interconnections
Session format:
Regular session

Title & Content

Widening the Horizons of Archaeological Metalworking Studies - Archaeometallurgy@EAA, Part 2
Archaeometallurgy is a multidisciplinary field where researchers from different fields come together to answer a range of different questions related to ancient metalworking. In this session we welcome full-length papers on archaeometallurgy that relate to the two main themes of the 2021 EAA meeting, i.e. “widening horizons” and “environment”. Large-scale metalworking can have large effects on the surrounding environment, but the local environment – including the locally available resources as well as social environment – may dictate which metal-working activities can be carried out. On a smaller scale, microenvironments and microclimates – in a workshop or in a burial - influence how metal objects are created but also how they deteriorate. Some of the best research on ancient metalworking has been done as collaborations between different disciplines, such as engineering, field archaeology, and social sciences. In order to widen the horizons of archaeometallurgy, we encourage presenters to involve in their research projects novel ideas and methods from other academic fields. The horizons of ancient metalworking can be expanded also by demonstrating long-distance trade networks, or technological similarities between cultures of different time periods or geographic regions. To encourage such comparisons, the papers in this session are not limited to a particular time period or culture. We especially welcome contributions from young researchers.
Metal-working, Metal-casting, Metal-crafting, Metal-smithing, Metal-trading, Metalling
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Main organiser:
Sebastian Wärmländer (Sweden) 1,2
Ragnar Saage (Estonia) 3
Adrian Roxburgh (United Kingdom) 3
Michael Neiß (Sweden) 4
Janneke van der Stok (Netherlands) 5,6
1. Dept. of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Stockholm University, Sweden
2. UCLA/Getty conservation programme, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA, USA
3. University of Tartu, Estonia
4. Uppsala University, Sweden
5. Metals Inc., Netherlands
6. University of Amsterdam, Netherlands