Newsletter #1

May 2015


‘Off the Record’ #2 Lunch time discussion

Thursday 14th May, 12pm, Room 412

Returning after a 1 week break, Off the Record is back with Andrew Reynolds discussing Non-Urban social complexity in Northwestern Europe after the Roman Empire – Bring your lunch with you if needed. Please get in touch with if you would like to talk at a future OTR.

World Archaeology Section Meeting

Thursday 14th May, 1pm, Room 412

The IOA World Archaeology Section meeting open to all section members. This will immediately follow OTR.

Further News & Events

A World Archaeology drinks party at the Petrie Museum


Dear World Archaeology Section Members,

You are warmly invited to DRINKS PARTY AT THE PETRIE MUSEUM at 5:30pm on Friday 29th May. Dr Alice Stevenson and colleagues are looking forward to meeting staff and students from our section, telling you a bit more about the kind of work they are doing (within and far beyond Egypt), hearing about what we are up to in World Archaeology, and discussing possibilities for exchange and interaction – including using the museum as a space for events/seminars/research/teaching. But above all this is an informal occasion, and an opportunity to get to know our colleagues from over the road a bit better.

World Archaeology Festival 2015

June 13th, 2015 12:00pm at UCL Institute of Archaeology & Gordon Square Gardens. More info here

Section Member: Liz Graham

An update on the Ancient Mayan Dark Earth project

The Maya Dark Earths project carried out two field seasons (2013 and 2014) at the site of Marco Gonzalez on Ambergris Caye, Belize. The first season saw the major part of our soil and sediment sampling. Archaeobotanical and lab processing took place over two seasons, and the vegetation survey and sampling took place in the summer of 2014. Our results so far indicate continuous deposition—from at least ca. 100 B.C. to the 16th century.

San Pedrano team members Pete Miron and Ruben Trejo exploring sites on the smaller cayes (islands).

Although the sampling and soil science has fallen within the purview of Archaeological Sciences, work at the site also focuses on nature of the cultural activities that resulted in deposition. Thus Maya marine resource and trading activities as well as the manifestation of an early salt industry have produced a wealth of information on continuity through the Maya collapse, and on the time depth and the far-reaching nature of Precolumbian trading activities.

Bowl from a cache at the Marco Gonzalez site dating to A.D. 150.

Conferences / seminars to look out for


The Prehistoric EUROPA Conference 2015: The Origins of Monumentality

Friday 29th – Sunday 30th May, Moore Auditorium, Science Centre, Belfield Campus, University College Dublin.

A conference celebrating the achievements of Professor Friederich Lüth, German Archaeological Institute, in the field of European prehistory. More info here

South American Archaeology Seminar: London

Saturday 16th May, Ground Floor Lecture Room, G6, The Institute of Archaeology, UCL, 34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY More info here

Central Mediterranean Prehistory Seminar

Wednesday 20th May, The Institute of Archaeology, UCL, 34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY. (Registration to attend deadline has passed)
More info here

Recent publications from section members

Kevin Macdonald, K. C. (2015)

‘A Chacun son Bambara’, encore une fois: History, Archaeology and Bambara Origins

In F. Richard, K. C. MacDonald (Eds.), Ethnic Ambiguity and the African Past (pp. 119-144). Walnut Creek, California: Left Coast Press.

Shaw, J. (Ed.). (2016)

Archaeologies of environmental ethics

[Whole issue]. World Archaeology, 48 (4)

Harris, S. M. (2015)

Flax fibre: Innovation and Change in the Early Neolithic. A Technological and Material Perspective

Textile Society of America 2014 Biennial Symposium Proceedings: New Directions: Examining the Past, Creating the Future, Los Angeles, California, September 10–14, 2014.. University of Nebraska Digital Commons.

The World Archaeology Section

The section now has a new Facebook page and website archive


Finally, in the press


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