[EVENT] 2023 - Tracing the History of Mediterranean Human-Environmental Systems Using Biomolecular Methods (EAA Session)

Abstract submissions are invited for the session #325 “Tracing the History of Mediterranean Human-Environmental Systems Using Biomolecular Methods” to be held at the 29th EAA Annual Meeting in Belfast, Northern Ireland, 30th August – 2nd September 2023.

Session description

The Mediterranean basin lies at the crossroads of three continents. Throughout its rich history, it has been the stage for a succession of political and socioeconomic organisations, the intermixing of ethnic groups, and the emergence and spread of cultural practices intertwined with heterogeneous environmental conditions. This makes the Mediterranean region fertile ground for the study of complex human-environment relationships. During the past decade, there has been a spectacular rise in the use of biomolecular methods within Mediterranean archaeology. These have been employed to study paleoenvironmental conditions and to reconstruct various aspects of past human lifeways and socioeconomic activities. Multiple case studies using isotopic, proteomics, ancient DNA, and ZooMS biomolecular methods plus their combinations have showcased the immense research potential that these offer to the study of Mediterranean history. The increasing availability of sizable datasets is allowing for Big Data meta-analyses that offer insights into diachronic and regional variations. There is also a growing pursuit, extendable to other archaeological contexts, for wider employment of analytical and modelling techniques that allow for higher resolution descriptions of past phenomena (e.g., compound-specific isotopic analyses, Bayesian modelling, etc.). The future of biomolecular methods in Mediterranean archaeology is assured and important developments in our historical knowledge provided by these should be anticipated. In this session, we aim to offer an up-to-date overview of the use of biomolecular methods in the study of the relationships between past societies and the Mediterranean ecosystem. We welcome both contributions that introduce methodological improvements employable within Mediterranean contexts and the presentation of case studies.

Submission instructions

Proposals for oral or poster contributions should be submitted through the EAA website system ( https://eaa.klinkhamergroup.com/eaa2023/sessions/contribution/?clean=1) indicating Session #325 “Tracing the History of Mediterranean Human-Environmental Systems Using Biomolecular Methods” during the process. Abstracts should be between 150 and 300 words long and the title of the contribution be composed at maximum of 20 words. No figures or tables are allowed in the abstract. Please also specify whether the contribution is planned as oral (15 minutes long) or in the format of a poster. Deadline for abstract submission: 9th of February 2023, 23:59 CET.

Additional information can be found at the meeting’s website: https://www.e-a-a.org/eaa2023

Looking forward to meeting you in Belfast!

Session organisers, Carlo Cocozza (MPI-GEA) cocozza@shh.mpg.de

Silvia Soncin (University of Rome “La Sapienza”) Mary Anne Tafuri (University of Rome “La Sapienza”) Ricardo Fernandes (MPI-GEA, Princeton University, and Masaryk University)