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Scientific Programme


DAY 1: 29.11.2018

12:00: registration

Keynote lectures │ presented by Marcello A. Mannino (AU, DK) & Peter Hambro Mikkelsen (MOMU, DK)

13:00: Catherine Jessen (The National Museum of Denmark, DK) │ tba

14:00: Bent Odgaard (Aarhus University, DK) │ Landscape openness and land-use in Danish prehistory: pollen and erosion evidence

15:00: Søren Sindbæk (UrbNet, DK) │ Putting context first: resource networks, urban evolutions, and high-definition data

16:00: Peter Rowley-Conwy (Durham University, UK) │ Where it all began: shell middens, archaeological science, and the setting of archaeological agendas



DAY 2: 30.11.2018

8:00: registration

9:00-10:30: SESSION 1 Humans & the Sea

10:30-11:00 coffee

11:00-12:30: SESSION 2 Diet & Health

12:30-13:30 lunch

13:30-15:00: SESSION 3 Past Agriculture

15:00-15:30 coffee

15:30-17:00: SESSION 4 People & Environments I: Individuals & Contexts



DAY 3: 01.12.2018

9:00-10:30: SESSION 5 People & Environments II: Landscapes

10:30-11:00 coffee

11:00-12:30: SESSION 6 Mini-presentations [5 minutes] for each poster

12:30-13:30 lunch

13:30-15:00: SESSION 7 Poster session

15:00-15:30 coffee

15:30-17:00: SESSION 8 Advances in Archaeological Science

17:30: Visits of the AU and MOMU laboratories




30th November 2018


9:00-10:30 │ SESSION 1: Humans & the Sea

Sea-level Changes in Mesolithic Southern Scandinavia: Long- and Short-term Effects on Society and the Environment

Peter Moe Astrup │ Moesgaard Museum (Denmark)


Facing the sea, relying on the land? - investigating the Tintagel middens

Gill Campbell et al. │ Historic England (United Kingdom)


Reconstructing the internal architecture of giant medieval shell middens with the Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR)

Elsa Cariou et al. │ Université de Nantes (France)


Woodlands under the waves: Orcadian landscape change from the Mesolithic to Bronze Age

Michelle Farrell et al. │ Coventry University (United Kingdom)


Intra- and inter- tooth variation in strontium isotope ratios from prehistoric seals by laser

ablation (LA)-MC-ICP-MS

Aikaterini Glukou et al. │ Stockholm University (Sweden)



11:00-12:30 │ SESSION 2: Diet & Health

Recreating past effects of seaweed-fertilisation on the isotopic and chemical composition of barley to further palaeodietary reconstructions

Magdalena Blanz et al. │ Orkney College (United Kingdom)


Life and death in a civitas capital: Deciphering the link between environmental constraints and health hazards at Aventicum, Roman Switzerland (1st-3rd c. AD)

Chryssa Bourbou │ University of Fribourg (Switzerland)


Sulphur isotope and the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition in Southern Scandinavia

Kurt J. Gron & Harry K. Robson │ Durham University & University of York (United Kingdom)


Feeding Anglo-Saxon England: joining forces to break new ground

Mark McKerracher │ University of Oxford (United Kingdom)


Diet, mobility and radiocarbon dating of Tollund Man – New investigations of a Danish Iron Age bog body

Nina Helt Nielsen et al. │ Museum Silkeborg (Denmark)


Life in the Stone Age at Riņņukalns, Latvia: a Neolithic freshwater shellmidden in the eastern Baltic region

Kenneth Ritchie et al. │ Centre for Baltic and Scandinavian Archaeology (Germany)


13:30:00-15:00 │ SESSION 3: Past Agriculture

Small seeds – Big Data

Marianne Høyem Adreasen et al. │ Moesgaard Museum (Denmark)


Resilience and Breakpoints Resilience and breakpoints – exploring linkages between societal, agricultural and climatic changes in Iron Age Denmark

Mads Dengsø Jessen │ The National Museum of Denmark (Denmark)


Arable farming in Viking Age Iceland: archaeobotanical evidence from Lækjargata 10-12, Reykjavík

Dawn Elise Mooney & Lísabet Guðmundsdóttir │ University of Stavanger (Norway) & The Institute of Archaeology (Iceland)


North-south patterning of millet agriculture on the Loess Plateau: Late Neolithic adaptations to water stress, NW China

Pengfei Sheng et al. │ Fudan University (China)


People, Land-Use & Time: Linking Multi-Proxy Palaeoenvironmental & Archaeological Data

Daisy Spencer │ National University of Ireland (Ireland)


Can geometric morphometrics reveal the origins of Scotland’s island-adapted barley, bere?

Michael Wallace et al. │ The University of Sheffield (United Kingdom)



15:30-17:00 │ SESSION 4: People & Environments (1: Individuals & Contexts)

Reacquainting bog bodies with their landscape and environmental contexts

Henry Chapman et al. │ University of Birmigham (United Kingdom)


How to identify cesspits as latrines? A study of macrofossils and non-pollen

palynomorphs in Danish medieval cesspits

Renée Enevold et al. │ Aarhus University (Denmark)


The archaeological potential of anthropogenic soils on Jæren, South-West Norway

Jutta Lechterbeck │ University of Stavanger (Norway)


Charcoal analysis of neolithic Frydenlund, Fyn, Denmark

Welmoed Out et al. │ Moesgaard Museum (Denmark)


Fregerslev II at the microscale: Soil micromorphology and XRF analyses of a Viking grave

Federica Sulas et al. │ Centre for Urban Network Evolution, Aarhus University (Denmark)


The Medieval geoarchaeology of lowland rivers: riverine place-names, environments and alluviation over the last Millennium in Central England.

Ben Pears et al. │ University of Southampton (United Kingdom)


1st December 2018


9:00-10:30 │ SESSION 5: People & Environments (2: Landscapes)

Twin Peaks in the Early Mesolithic. New results from ancient Lake Duvensee

Daniel Groß et al. │ Centre for Baltiv and Scandinavian Archaeology (Germany)


New advances in archaeological phytolith analysis: a peat deposit at Rue des Boîteux


Rosalie Hermans │ Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium)


Assessing vegetation change at the regional scale in western Sjælland: 7000 years of fluctuation in anthropogenic fire, deforestation, grazing and settlement

Anthony Ruter │ Centre for GeoGenetics, Natural History Museum of Denmark (Denmark)


Project Wildscape: Reconstructing Hidden Landscapes through a Case Study in the

Humberhead Levels

Nika Shilobod et al. │ Plymouth University (United Kingdom)


European landuse at 6000BP: from on-site data to the large-scale view

Nicki Whitehouse et al. │ Plymouth University (United Kingdom)


11:00-12:30 │ SESSION 6: Mini-presentations for each poster



Reynard at Randall – cementum annuli analysis of a red fox from Randall Manor, Kent

Nora M. Battermann │ University of Leicester (United Kingdom)


Waves of colonization and the Sea of Moyle: Linking population history, resilience and landscape change of island communities. A new AHRC Project Starting October 2018

Tony Brown et al. │ Tromsø Museum, UiT (Norway)


Approaching Dynna: the burial mound as an assemblage

Cannell et al. │ University of Oslo (Norway)


Oyster shell deposits : a good place to establish lead environmental backgrounds and monitor ancient anthropogenic contaminations

Elsa Cariou et al. │ Université de Nantes (France)


Using Zooarchaeology to Explore Early Medieval (8th- to 10th-century) Economy and Environment in Antwerp, Belgium: Evidence from the Burcht and Gorterstraat Sites

Pam J. Crabtree & Douglas V. Campana │ New York University & US National Park Service (USA)


Agricultural practices at Middle Neolithic Oldenburg LA77, northern Germany

Dragana Filipović et al. │ University of Kiel (Germany)


Archaeological Palaeoenvironmental Archiving - Thinking outside of the box

Paul Flintoft │ University of Reading (United Kingdom)


Palaeoenvironmental proxies from palaeochannel sediments adjacent to a long-lived Mesolithic site in the environs of Stonehenge World Heritage site

Thierry Fonville et al. │ University of Southampton (United Kingdom)


Optimization of efficient ancient DNA extraction from lake sediment

Peter D. Heintzman et al. │ The Arctic University of Norway (Norway)


Prehistoric Ibérico pigs? Wild boar teeth analysis of prehistoric foraging Japan

Junzo Uchiyama │ University of East Anglia (United Kingdom)


Neolithic plant economy in the SW Baltic area – a long-term perspective

Wiebke Kirleis et al. │ University of Kiel (Germany)


Detecting agricultural changes in the Middle Ages using a pollen modelling approach

Wilmer Koster │ Utrecht University (The Netherlands)


In search for the Bølling-Oscillation – new palynological data on old questions at lake Bølling, Denmark

Sascha Krüger & Martin Damrath │ Centre for Baltic and Scandinavian Archaeology (Germany)


Environmental studies in urban archaeology

Johan S. Larsen │ Centre for Urban Network Evolution, Aarhus University (Denmark)


An estuarine tide-scape of production: terrestrial laser scanning (TLS) of fixed fishing structures and a tidal mill in the Léguer Estuary, Brittany, France

Mike Lobb et al.│ Trent and Peak Archaeology (United Kingdom)


A late Mesolithic and early Neolithic isotopic baseline for southern Scandinavia

Rikke Maring et al. │ Aarhus University (Denmark)


Plant processing in Mesolithic Ireland

Meriel McClatchie │ University College Dublin (Ireland)


From onboard to the kitchen: ‘the sea’ and colonial foodways in Quebec City (Canada)

Julie-Anne Bouchard Perron │ Historic England (United Kingdom)


Investigation of cereal remains at the defensive city site of Shichengzi (~40 BC-AD 75) on the Silk Road, Xinjiang, NW China

Pengfei Sheng et al. │ Fudan University (China)


Multi-scalar geoarchaeology and Viking landscapes: A bottom-up approach to Borgring

F. Sulas et al. │ Centre for Urban Network Evolution, Aarhus University (Denmark)


Method Development in Urban Geoarchaeology: the High-definition Study of

Viking-age Ribe, Denmark

Pernille L.K. Trant & Barbora Wouters │Aarhus University & Centre for Urban Network Evolution, Aarhus University (Denmark)


The Isotopic Analysis of Animal Individuals

Kathryn O. Weber │ Cornell University (USA)



15:30-17:00 │ SESSION 8: New Methodological Developments in Archaeological Science

Ancient DNA reveal Holocene environmental change with and without human impact

Inger Greve Alsos et al. │ The Arctic University of Norway (Norway)


Using sedaDNA and lipid biomarkers alongside palaeoenvironmental proxies for understanding wetland and lakeside archaeological site

Tony Brown et al. │ Tromsø Museum, UiT (Norway)


Ancient DNA reveals vegetation history near the archeological site in Varanger, northern Norway

Dilli P. Rijal et al. │ The Arctic University of Norway (Norway)


“Palaeoshellomics”: biomolecular identification of prehistoric pearl shell ornaments

Jorune Sakalauskaite et al. │ University of Turin (Italy)


Ancient Shell DNA, A New Proxy for Environmental Archeology Research

Clio Der Sarkissian & Ludovic Orlando │ Université de Toulouse (France)


Migration, exploitation and innovation: when and how did various Indo-European linguistic groups establish themselves in prehistoric Europe (8000-2000 BCE)?

Y.F. van Amerongen & G.J. Kroonen │ Leiden University (The Netherlands) & Copenhagen University (Denmark)