7th Symposium on Archaeometry of the HSA
Athens, 9-12 October 2019, Byzantine and Christian Museum
Following its preliminary declaration, the Board of the Hellenic Society of Archaeometry (HSA) announces the organization of the 7th Symposium on Archaeometry which will be held at the Byzantine and Christian Museum, Athens, https://www.byzantinemuseum.gr/, from Wednesday the 9th until Saturday the 12th of October 2019. The Symposium responds to the long-standing and steadily increasing interest of archaeologists, historians, anthropologists, palaeo-environmental scientists and other specialists of similar directions to collaborate with specialized researchers from the fields of science on issues related to cultural heritage. It is commonly accepted that the fullest investigation of the existing as well as the emerging questions regarding the material remains from Greece and the wider region can be achieved through the substantial synergy between researchers of various scientific backgrounds and expertise. The forthcoming Symposium is a continuation of the six (6) previous relevant events that were held successfully by the HSA in the past, and is expected to stand as breeding ground for scientific enquiry, dissemination of new knowledge, dialogue between specialists coming from various disciplines, and for training.
Τitle and Thematic Units
The 1st Symposium of the HSA (26-28 / 01/1990) had the emblematic title "Linking Archaeology and Archaeometry". Just before the completion of thirty (30) years after this meeting, the first of its kind to have been organized in Greece between representatives from the fields of Archaeology and Natural Sciences, the 7th Symposium on Archaeometry of the HSA entitled "Archaeology - Archaeometry: 30 Years Later" is offered for the appraisal of the long-term interdisciplinary research collaborations focusing on the cultural heritage of Greece and the wider region. This evaluation concerns the results of long-term research projects, relevant revisions, evaluation of methodologies, practices and experiences, the elucidation of long-standing problems and the pursuit for future perspectives, trends or even the establishment of new collaborations in the field. The thematic units of the 7th Symposium surround the following issues: a) dating and palaeo-environment, b) geophysical prospection, c) ceramic and vitreous materials, d) ancient and prehistoric metallurgy, e) lithics, with an emphasis on marbles, plasters and pigments, and g) biomaterials - bioarchaeology. In addition, it is desirable to include a special thematic session on archaeoseismology, geoarchaeology and on issues of precision in absolute dating. Although the Symposium focuses on the presentation of original archaeometric papers related to investigations conducted in the Greek region, it is also expected to have a strong international character with announcements referring to the broader eastern Mediterranean area, including Cyprus.
The official languages for the presentation of the papers are Greek and English. There will be no provision for simultaneous translation during the announcements. However, colleagues intending to present their work in Greek are kindly requested to provide for a bilingual presentation material (tables, captions, explanations) in order to accommodate non-Greek speakers.
Important dates and registration
Monday, July 1st, 2019: Abstract submission deadline (see attached template)
Wednesday, July 31st, 2019: Notification to participants upon acceptance of presentations.
Until, Friday, August 30th, 2019: Early registration: 80 € - Students: 50€. After the 30th of August: Late registration: 100 € and 80 € respectively.
Wednesday, October 9th, 2019: Symposium commencing.
Friday, October 11th, 2019: Symposium’s Dinner, Award ceremony, Honorary distinctions.
- a) Bank Transfer: payment should be sent to Account Holder: Hellenic Society for Archaeometry, Piraeus Bank, IBAN: GR36 0171 8560 0068 5614 5565 719, SWIFT-BIC: PIRBGRAA. Registrants are responsible for any bank fees for these transactions. A justification for the payment is REQUIRED. Please mention on the bank transfer, in capital letters, your first and last name and “Symposium HSA”.
- b) In person during registration at the Symposium.
Support of Early Career scientists and graduate students:
The Organizing Committee intends to support and promote the research of Early Career scientists as well as the work of graduate students with discounts or exemptions from the registration fee, prizes, a possible special session etc.
Abstract and Registration Forms submission:
More information concerning the Symposium (Scientific Committee, preliminary program, travel directions, accommodation, what is included in the registration fee, Symposium’s dinner cost, possible parallel activities etc.) will be announced in the forthcoming 2nd circular.
HSA and its previously organized symposia:
The Hellenic Society for Archaeometry (HSA) is a non-profit scientific association founded in 1982. It aims at promoting the application of Science and Technology to the fields of Archaeology, History of Art, and to the overall aspects of Cultural Heritage. Its members comprise the overwhelming majority of scholars engaged in such activities in Universities, in the Archaeological Service, in Greek Research Centers as well as in the private sector. Since its founding in 1982, HSA activities include the organisation of six (6) Symposia on Archaeometry in Greece as well as numerous seminars and public lectures. Furthermore, in 2009, the HSA acted as one of the founding bodies of the peer reviewed journal “Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences” (IF 2.41)
HSA members, who have fulfilled their membership’s financial requirements, as well as future subscribers can obtain free of charge in digitized format (pdf) the published papers of the previous five (5) Symposia on Archaeometry, now out of print. Concerning the release of the Proceedings of the 6th Symposium on Archaeometry of the HSA (2016, English version, BAR), instructions will be posted shortly on the HSA's forthcoming new webpage.
The HSA invites its members and followers to scientific engagement and participation in the Symposium with original papers. Our intention is to realize another important Symposium on Archaeometry worthy of its brilliant tradition fully documented in the Proceedings of its previous respective events.
The Organizing Committee
The 7th Symposium on Archaeometry of the Hellenic Society for Archaeometry
Athens, 9-12 October 2019, Byzantine and Christian Museum, Athens
The Hellenic Society for Archaeometry gladly announces that the 1st Circular on the organization of the 7th Symposium on Archaeometry, sponsored by the Byzantine and Christian Museum, <https://www.byzantinemuseum.gr/>, has already attracted the research interest of a great number of Greek and foreign scholars. In particular, more than 100 original papers have been submitted all of them falling within the defined thematic topics. The international participation is wide-ranging, while about 240 authors are involved. The specific characteristic of the upcoming presentations is that they are co-authored by researchers deriving not only from the area of Science but also from Archaeology, so that the "Link between Archaeology and Archaeometry" has become, now, a reality. Equally important is the presence of young scientists who are presenting first-class papers dealing with issues of cultural heritage and studying material from Greece and the wider Mediterranean region. About 60% of the papers will be presented orally, the remaining 40% during the designated Poster thematic sessions (as indicated in the attached preliminary program, below).
The Scientific Committee
The majority of the leading scholars in the field of Archaeometry (specializing in the Sciences and Archeology) responded immediately to the invitation of the HSA and eagerly accepted to participate in the Symposium’s Scientific Committee (SC). Most of them have repetitively worked on archaeometric programs in Greece and Cyprus, and they are going to present their important relevant work. The Scientific Committee consists of: Prof. C. Renfrew, (President), Cambridge University, Dr. E. Aloupi-Sioti, THETIS Authentics, Prof. S. Boyatzis, University of Western Attica, Dr. H. Brekoulaki, NHRF, Prof. J. Buxeda i Garrigós, University of Barcelona, Dr. Aik. Delaporta, Byzantine-Christian Museum, Prof. R. Jones, University of Glasgow, Dr. P. Karkanas, Wiener Laboratory ASCSA, Dr. A.-G. Karydas, NCSR “Demokritos”, Prof. V. Kassianidou, University of Cyprus, Dr. V. Kilikoglou, NCSR “Demokritos”, Prof. D. Kontopoulou, AUTH, Prof. Aik. Kouli, UOA, Prof. I. Liritzis, University of the Aegean, Dr. Y. Maniatis, NCSR "Demokritos", Dr. E. Margaritis, The Cyprus Institute, Prof. S. Pavlidis, AUTH, Dr. E. Photos-Jones, Scottish Analytical SAA, Prof. Th. Rehren, The Cyprus Institute, Dr. M. Roumpou, Harokopio University, Prof. A. Sarris, University of Cyprus, Dr. Z.A. Stos-Gale, f. University of Oxford, Prof. G. Tsokas, AUTH and Prof. N. Zacharias, University of Peloponnese. The SC's contribution and the cooperation of its members with the organizers during the first evaluation and classification of the submitted abstracts was significant. It is expected, this contribution to be more constructive during the subsequent phase of the peer review of the full papers that will be submitted for publication in the Proceedings of the Symposium.
Important dates and relevant information
The Organizing Committee decided to extend the deadline of abstracts’ submission and registration, responding to the relevant request of many colleagues, also taking into account the special conditions of the summer period. Inevitably, the responses concerning the acceptance of the papers for presentation were extended respectively. Consequently, a new deadline for the reduced early registration fee was decided. Relevant payments have to settled until Friday, September 20, 2019. The cost for the participants (with a paper presentation) will be 80 €, and for students and young scientists 50 €. After that date the registration fee configures to 100 € and 80 € respectively.
Wednesday, October 9, 2019: Inauguration of the Symposium, with registration from 14:30 pm at the Byzantine and Christian Museum (V.-CH.M.)
Wednesday, October 9, 2019: Welcome reception of the participants at the V.-CH.M. at 19:00 pm.
Friday, October 11, 2019: Symposium’s Dinner from 20:30 pm, Awards, Honorary Distinctions
Saturday, October 12, 2019: End of Symposium at 20:00
Tuesday, December 31, 2019: Deadline for submission of full papers to be published in the Proceedings of the Symposium.
We remind you that payments should be deposited at Piraeus Bank, Beneficiary Name: Hellenic Society for Archaeometry, IBAN GR36 0171 8560 0068 5614 5565 719, SWIFT-BIC: PIRBGRAA. The applicant sustains the costs of his bank. Justification is MANDATORY and should include the name of the applicant in capital letters and the indication CONFERENCE HSA. The registration fee can be also paid during registration at the Symposium. The cost includes eligibility to participate with one or more papers in the Symposium, to attend the Symposium, a conference folder, a digital book of Abstracts and other information regarding the Symposium in a USB stick, coffee breaks and participation to the welcome reception. The Symposium’s dinner is not included in the registration fee and requires an extra cost which will be announced in time (see below).
The Organizing Committee would like to urge the speakers of the Symposium to comply with the instructions that have been announced concerning the duration of their oral presentations (strictly 15 minutes oral presentation + 5 minutes questions / discussion). Due to the large number of papers and the limited duration of each thematic session, all presentations MUST have a 20 minute duration maximum. More information (author and submission guidelines for the publication of papers in the Symposium Proceedings, dinner cost, etc.) will be announced in the upcoming 3rd Circular and on the HSA’s website <http://www.archaeometry.org,gr>.
HSA and its previously organized symposia:
The Hellenic Society for Archaeometry, a scientific association dedicated to promote the interdisciplinary field of Archaeometry was founded in 1982. It is one of the oldest in Europe associations of that category and has registered some hundreds of members, Greeks and foreigners. HSA’s main concern is to promote the scientific field that applies science and technology in Archeology, History of Art and generally in any field related to cultural heritage. Active members of the HSA are academicians, researchers (scientists and archaeologists) and students who pursue these fields in the scientific institutions of the country, in the Archaeological Service and in the private sector. Since its establishment, the HSA has organized six (6) Symposia on Archaeometry as well as numerous seminars and public lectures. Additionally, in 2009 HSA was the founding body of the prestigious international Archaeometry journal "Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences" (IF 1.97)
Registered HSA members who are financially updated as well as future subscribers can obtain free of charge in electronic form (pdf) the published papers of the last five (5) Symposia on Archaeometry which are out of print. For the dissemination of the Proceedings of the most recent event, the 6th Symposium on Archaeometry (2016, in English, BAR version), will soon be posted instructions on the Society’s website.
Having received many works of high scientific impact, the Hellenic Society of Archaeometry looks forward to the realization of another important Symposium on Archaeometry worthy of its great tradition, fully documented in the Proceedings of its previous respective events.
The Organizing Committee
Sponsors of the 7th Symposium on Archaeometry of the Hellenic Society for Archaeometry
- Byzantine and Christian Museum
- NCSR “Demokritos”
- Arte e Solutions