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CALL. 15.02.2020: [SESSION 23] "Isotopic Investigations in the Ancient Near East and Caucasus&q




LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: The Westin Boston Waterfront, (Boston, MA, USA)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: G. Bike Yazıcıoğlu-Santamaria (Simon Fraser University) Maureen E. Marshall (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

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Biogeochemical research on the human condition in the ancient past is a rapidly growing field. Isotopic investigations targeting questions about climate change, human mobility, animal trade, herding strategies, crop management, diet and subsistence, and infant-feeding practices in the broader ancient Near East have increased in number over the past decade. However, biogeochemical techniques and understandings continue to develop and be re-evaluated, necessitating venues for scholarly exchange, comparison, and discussion.

The objective of this session is to encourage a dialogue among researchers conducting and using biogeochemical techniques in the region, integrating analytical methods with social and historical questions. In consecutive years the session will incorporate the results of most recent and ongoing research in the region with methodological advances in techniques and approaches, in tandem with the developing agenda of the “Archaeological Isotopes Working Group” Business Meetings.

The deadline for submission of abstracts (max. 250 words) is February 15, 2020. Submission is through ASOR’s Online Abstract Management System: Please, be sure to select “Isotopic Investigations in the Ancient Near East and Caucasus” session from the drop-down list. Note that membership in ASOR and registration for the Annual Meeting are required at the time of abstract submission. Registration is at: Please contact Bike Yazicioglu ( with any questions.

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