40th Association for Environmental Archaeology Conference

University of Sheffield

29th November - 1st December 2019

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Living through change: the archaeology of human-environment interactions

As environmental archaeologists we recognise that human activity can impact local and regional environments, and, conversely, that dynamic environments can stimulate responses in human behaviour. The role of humans as agents of environmental change is increasingly central to debates far beyond our discipline and, given current global politics and the present threats of environmental change, it is more important than it has ever been for environmental archaeology to contribute powerful, vivid and evidence-based accounts of human-environment interactions from the deep and recent past. At the forefront of the study of past human-environment relationships, environmental archaeologists are keenly placed to explore what it means to live through long- and short-term environmental change.

The 40th conference of the Association for Environmental Archaeology will provide an opportunity to reflect on the discipline’s past, and debate its future in the context of growing bodies of data, the integration of multiple proxies for change, new analytical techniques and fresh theoretical paradigms. We welcome papers that explore environmental change from the human perspective through engagement with questions of change, adaptation, sustainability and human impact. We welcome papers from across the breadth of the discipline, including – but not limited to:

  • Human-induced changes to landscapes and environments at all scales
  • Human response to anthropogenic and natural environmental change
  • Sustainability and adaptability in changing environments
  • Environment as a driver of economic and/or socio-political change
  • The past as proxy and model for future human-environment interactions
  • The Anthropocene and other conceptual paradigms
  • The contribution of environmental archaeology to policy-making and public engagement

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Keynote speakers

Gill Campbell

Gill Campbell, Head of Environmental Studies Historic England and Chair of the Association for Environmental Archaeology

GillCampbellFriday 29th November 2019, evening, Millennium Gallery, conference delegates only

Gill Campbell will open the conference with her reflections of the AEA at 40 years old, and more broadly, the shape of environmental archaeology today.

Mark Knight

Dr Mark Knight, Senior Project Officer Cambridge Archaeological Unit

Saturday 30th November 2019, evening, The Diamond, public lecture

Mark KnightThe Must Farm pile-dwellings c. 850 BC: interpreting the extraordinarily well-preserved material history of a short-lived prehistoric settlement

The Must Farm pile-dwelling settlement was built, occupied and destroyed by fire in quick succession. A slow-flowing watercourse situated beneath the settlement provided a safe burial environment for the debris of construction, use and collapse, whilst the catastrophic manner of destruction provided a conclusive timeframe. This presentation will describe the context and circumstance of a short-lived, but amply provisioned, Late Bronze Age domestic setting, and in doing so, attempt to position its findings within the broader narrative of early first millennium BC Britain.

Umberto Albarella

Professor Umberto Albarella, Professor of Zooarchaeology University of Sheffield

Umberto Albarella

Sunday 1st December 2019, end of conference, The Diamond, conference delegates only

Umberto Albarella will take on a discussant role to conclude the proceedings, bringing together the themes of the conference to reflect on the issues that define environmental archaeology on the 40th anniversary of the AEA. 

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Organising committee

Lenny Salvagno

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Michael Wallace

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Louise Iles

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Catherine Longford

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Michael Bamforth

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Emily Forster

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Caitlin Nagle

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Gianna Ayala

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For enquiries about the conference please contact the Organising Committee: aea2019@sheffield.ac.uk