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CALL.11.02.2021:[SESSION 4]Multidisciplinary Approaches to Environmental... (EAA2021)-Kiel (Germany)




LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Auditorium Maximum 'Audimax', University of Kiel (Kiel, Germany) - Lecture Building, University of Kiel (Kiel, Germany)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Noemí Silva Sánchez (Institute of Heritage Science-CSIC); Olalla López-Costas (Ecopast Research Group, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela); Samantha Elsie Jones (School of Geosciences, University of Aberdeen); Pedro López Barja de Quiroga (Sincrisis Research Group-Universidade de Santiago de Compostela); Tim Mighall (School of Geosciences, University of Aberdeen).

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The Roman Republic and Empire were a time of intense social and environmental transformations in vast areas of Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. The huge impact on landscape and people’s lifestyle is therefore key to understanding both the subsequent environmental and human histories of these regions. The aim of this session is to build a global perspective based on local narratives by integrating historical, archaeological and environmental research. In this session, we invite researchers to contribute to explore the environmental and human fingerprints during the period in which Rome was a Mediterranean power (200 BC -AD 500) in Roman ruled areas and their vicinities, as well as discuss together its legacy. This Regular session is designed to transcend (mono)disciplinary studies to reach an integrative vision with examples from Roman-ruled areas. We welcome multidisciplinary approaches that encourage the comparison between historical sources, classical archaeology and environmental archaeology, including bioarchaeology and geoarchaeology approaches to build an integrative story of the human-environmental interactions during Roman times. The type of questions this session will address are: do historical texts, (bio)archaeological data and environmental findings share a common narrative? How can a fruitful dialogue between different disciplines be established?

The contributions will consider the following topics or others that fall within the scope of the session:

• Migrations (human and animal)

• Health state along time and pestilences

• Agriculture, livestock strategies and their impacts (e.g., new crops, staples, palaeodiet, pastoralism, erosion, deforestation)

• Mining, metallurgy and their impacts (e.g., deforestation, pollution)

• Impacts of social transformations on landscape and economy

• Landscape, environmental and climate change

• Regional comparisons: Atlantic vs. Mediterranean; Western vs. Eastern Roman Empire; North vs. South

If you are interested in giving a paper at the session, please send an abstract by the EAA 2021 website ( by 11 February 2021 (23:59 CET) at the latest. One person may present two contributions as a main author. The maximum number of co-authors is ten, incl. the main author. The title may have max. 20 words and abstract min. 150 words and max. 300 words.

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