Scientific Conference
Methodology & Archaeometry

Scientific conference of the Department of Archaeology,
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences,
University of Zagreb, Croatia
Upcoming conference: 9th Scientific MetArh Conference
2nd - 3rd of December 2021
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MetArh

2nd - 3rd of December 2021
Scientific conference Methodology & Archaeometry, Zagreb, Croatia

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Submission deadline
October 1, 2021
Conference start
December 2, 2021

About MetArh conference

The scientific conference Methodology and Archaeometry is being organised by the
Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb since 2013. The goal of the conference is to entice interdisciplinary, critical thinking, new insights and approaches as well as new theoretical frameworks in contemporary archaeological science. Coverage of a wide spectrum of themes and scientific disciplines has resulted in papers and discussions that promote scientific issues in the fields of methodology, documentation and interpretation of archaeological data. The interdisciplinary character of the conference brings together archaeologists and researchers from other scientific disciplines with whom archaeologists collaborate closely; and who – through their work, projects and ideas – promote new insights about Interpretation of the human life in the past.

The potential and importance of the MetArh conference are recognized by the Croatian Archaeological Society which financially and logistically supports this conference from the beginning.

 

Section Methodology

Obtaining and collecting data is an essential part of the archaeological research process. How we collect and interpret data defines the validity of our interpretation. We use different techniques, approaches and tools which help us to reconstruct the past processes and to give more objective and comprehensive picture of the past. Contemporary interpretation tools alleviate and speed the data collection and also provide us with countless possibilities of interpretation, protection and presentation of archaeological sites and the landscapes encompassing them.

Section Archaeometry

Having in mind limited information we obtain from archaeological excavations and the classification of archaeological material, cooperation with other scientific disciplines becomes unnecessary, to obtain as much information as possible on the conditions and the way in which the humans lived in the past. Contemporary archaeology is a very heterogeneous discipline encompassing interest groups focussed on various periods, regions, theoretical frameworks and methodological techniques. Aside from the description of mechanical and physical features of a specific artefact or material, various arhaeometrical analyses help us to direct our scientific focus to questions regarding the ways and features included in the social and cultural life of people who made, used, exchanged and discarded those objects. Cooperation with the natural sciences provides answers to many questions, but it also demands an additional level of caution when selecting adequate scientific analysis for a specific archaeological problem. It also demands a continuous cooperation of a specific expert and an archaeologist from sample collection to the final interpretation.

Conference Themes and Topics

Coverage of a wide spectrum of themes and scientific disciplines has resulted in papers and discussions that promote scientific issues in the fields of methodology, documentation and interpretation of archaeological data. The main questions for this two section is aimed to address are:

Section Methodology

1. Archaeological methodology: Recent trends and continuous problems
2. Interpreting archaeological record
3. Misuse of the archaeological record
4. Archaeological heritage management standards
5. Data sharing in archaeology: Open access digital repositories
6. Teaching and learning methods in archaeology
7. Ethics in archaeological practice
8. Experimental archaeology

Section Archaeometry

1. Raw material provenance studies
2. Archaeological methodology in the interpretation of arhaeometric studies
3. Technological studies
4. Radiocarbon analysis and interpretation
5. Data sharing in archaeology: Open access digital repositories
6. Ancient DNA – potentials, benefits and problems

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CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS & Publications

Proceedings from the conference is an annual digital edition available on a platform for open access books from the University of Zagreb Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. In order to create a volume of high scientific quality, each of the conference paper is reviewed in the peer review process in which the identity of both reviewers and authors, as well as their institutions, are respectfully concealed from both parties.

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