Call for synthesis papers by 12 Feb for the European Association at Archaeologists 2024 conference at Rome, 28th-31st August

Dear fellow CfAS associates and partners

We are seeking abstracts to present a paper at our archaeology synthesis session – “Session 1117: Forging Knowledges and Texts: Modes of Synthesis and Publication Arising from Development-led Archaeology” – at the 2024 EAA Rome conference this August.

Just click on the link below, scroll down inside the “Sessions” window, press the ‘Search’ bar, then choose Session 1117 from the 2 sessions shown and then the link to submit an abstract is at the right side of the page – by 12 Feb please!

We hope to see you in Rome!

Stewart Bryant, Society of Antiquaries of London moc.liamg@tnayrbrtrawets

Christopher Evans, British Academy

Chris Gosden, University of Oxford

Scott Ortman, University of Colorado ude.odaroloc@namtro.ttocs

Stewart Bryant (Dr) 16 Bunyan Close


Hertfordshire UK



Session 1117 Summary:

Building upon the Weaving Narratives theme of EAA 2023 Belfast, this session will primarily look to learn from examples and case-studies that encompass the range of published syntheses arising out of development-led archaeology. These include major infrastructure projects, thematic issues, as well as regional, national and pan-national studies. However, we are also looking for examples of local synthesis projects and publications that can bridge excavation projects and broader regional and national syntheses.

The session will also look to learn from examples of issues that have affected the ability of archaeologists to produce published synthesis, including the consistency and quality data and access to sources and publications. In addition, we would hope to look at other related issues and themes, potentially including:

• The extent to which the combination of aDNA, stable isotopes and precision dating can be used to help construct synthesis
• The role for universities
• Possible AI applications
• Are national and/or regional institutional structures (e.g. Research Hubs) required.
We are also interested to hear of synthesis projects that use development-led archaeology to enhance the relevance of the discipline to climate change.

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