Call for Papers CIDOC 2018

Now through February 28 we are accepting proposals for presentations, workshops, case studies, for CIDOC's annual conference. Visit the CIDOC 2018 Call for Papers page for submission guidelines and selection criteria:


About the CIDOC 2018 Theme
The ‘Provenance of Knowledge’ is a core element of good practice in documentation and so is the theme of the next ICOM-CIDOC conference, in Heraklion-Crete-Greece from 29 September to 4 October 2018.

As an essential aspect of documentation, Provenance of Knowledge refers to the attempt to trace the origins of the information and knowledge about an object, an entity, or an idea in order to reconstruct the whole chain of creation, use, interpretation, and dissemination of relevant information and knowledge. The ultimate purpose of this reconstruction is to confirm, illustrate, and validate the information and knowledge contained in the documentation in order to facilitate understanding across times and cultures. In this way, it contributes to scholarly citation in information handling while connecting all the material evidence kept in museums and other memory institutions.

The validation of information and knowledge has been greatly helped by the increasing use of digital technologies in documentation. However, this advancement in documentation has created new difficulties as the abundance of the available information makes it difficult to introduce standards and processes to model and maintain the development and validity of documented information. The 2018 CIDOC conference aims at supporting museums by deepening the understanding of documentation as a means of knowledge preservation, dissemination, and exchange.
We invite you to participate in the conference and to advance relevant scientific inquiry. You can enhance our discussions on the harmonization of the processes to trace back information by presenting theoretical aspects, user experience, innovative implementations for the analysis and documentation of information and knowledge.

The aim is to give us with new insights into the Provenance of Knowledge. More analytically, the conference topics are the below.

Conference topics
  • Object information as historical source
  • Object documentation and archival resources
  • Field research and object documentation
  • Oral tradition and witnessing information in connection with objects
  • Documentation and interdisciplinarity
  • Object documentation and analytical resources
  • Provenance of materials and techniques
  • Documentation for target groups (e.g. special needs)
  • Methods of knowledge verification and documentation of knowledge revision
  • Ethics of provenance of information
  • Provenance of knowledge and preservation of referred source

The extended deadline for submission of abstract is 14/03/2018.
The deadline for final paper is 31/07/2018. 


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Call for papers: Pigments - from science to art

20th International Rock Art Congress, IFRAO 2018

From 29 August to 2 September 2018, the 20th International Rock Art Congress IFRAO 2018 will be held in Valcamonica, Italy.

We are glad to announce that the call for Pigments: from science to art abstract deadline has been delayed to 31 December 2017.

Since de beginning of mankind there are records of the use of pigments. Therefore, the study of these materials can reveal continuously the relation of the societies with the environment or the technological skills of different groups. Their conservation is especially demanding.

In Rock Art, the origin of the material used is very wide including organic preparations, plants extracts and mineral. And while trying to characterize the pigment itself, we cannot forget the binding agents, the possible diluents and the contaminants resulting from the production, the application processes and/or decomposition.
In this section a non-limitative list of topics will be discussed, including:
  • application of different technics (e.g., FTIR, RAMAN, chromatography, SEM-EDS, XRF, XRD) in the material characterization
  • study of degradation processes;
  • Recent advances in in-situ analysis;
  • Forensic applications in art and archaeology (e.g. forensic archaeology, authentications procedures);
  • Studies about production, use, trade and provenance of the material;
  • Other topics
Abstracts should be sent by email to:, session e-mail contact or directly submit on-line:

Abstracts must include the following:
  • the title of communication, the name of author, affiliation, session of interest
  • an abstract in English with a maximum of 200 words and 5-6 key-words
  • two images in .jpeg or .tiff format with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi

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Call for papers: 11th Annual Conference of the Society for the Study of Childhood in the Past

20-22 September 2018

Natural History Museum, Vienna, Austria

The 11th Annual International Conference of the Society for the Study of Childhood in the Past will be held from Thursday, 20. September 2018 to Saturday, 22. September 2018 in Vienna, at the Natural History Museum. The conference aims to bring together scholars across multiple disciplines, in particular archaeology, physical and cultural anthropology.

The first day of the conference will address the theme ‘Pregnancy, birth, early infancy and childhood: life’s greatest transitions in the past’. The second day is open to further aspects of recent research into children and childhood in the past.

The themed session emerges from the ERC project ‘The Value of mothers to society: responses to motherhood and child rearing practices in prehistoric Europe’ hosted by the Institute of Oriental and European Archaeology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and is jointly organised with the Department of Anthropology of the Natural History Museum.

We particularly invite papers addressing:
  • how and when life is considered to begin in past societies
  • the dangers of birth to mothers and children
  • cultural factors that influence infant and childhood mortality
  • the recognition of developmental stages in the past
  • marking and celebrating childhood transitions
The SSCIP Conference aims to broaden our knowledge about natural and cultural aspects of childhood in the past, stimulate discussions and foster collaboration between participants.


Submission of proposals
  • Abstracts accepted until June 30th, 2018
  • Please send title and abstract of 150-200 words to
  • Once the proposals have been evaluated, acceptance letters will be sent electronically.
  • Individual and co-authored works may be submitted.
  • Presentations will last 20 minutes.
  • In addition, each speaker will have five minutes to answer questions.
  • The organizing committee will provide a laptop and projector for projection of presentations in PowerPoint format for Windows.
Conference Venue
  • Natural History Museum, Vienna, Austria
  • Burgring 7, 1010 Vienna
  • Registration fee: 50 € (to be paid by bank transfer or in cash at the venue)
  • Please register per e-mail until 31. August 2018
The registration fee includes
  • Opening evening drinks, Thursday, 20. September 2018
  • Conference session, Friday, 21. September 2018
  • Lunch on Friday, 21. September 2018
  • Conference session, Saturday, 22. September 2018
  • Coffee and cookies during the breaks
  • ‘Behind the scenes’ tour of the Natural History Museum
Optional events
  • Conference dinner, Friday, 21. September 2018
  • Venue: Stiegl Ambulanz
  • Cost: 35 €
  • Institute for Oriental and European Archaeology, Austrian Academy of Sciences
  • Natural History Museum, Vienna
Please contact us for more information
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Book: Archaeology of the Severn Estuary - free online access

by Richard Brunning, Chairman of Severn Estuary Levels Research Committee (

The Severn Estuary Levels Research Committee has been co-ordinating archaeological research in the Severn Estuary area in the UK for over 20 years bringing together academics, field and curatorial archaeologists and interested amateurs. The publication Archaeology of the Severn Estuary has highlighted the fascinating results of this work from all periods.

In partnership with the Archaeological Data Service all the volumes of the publication are now available online for free at All future issues will also be available for free online, immediately after they are approved by the editorial team.

In addition, membership of SELRC will also be entirely free from now on. To join, simply send your name and a contact email address to All communication will be solely by email and will include notification of meetings, publications and special offers for members.

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Charted Institute for Archaeologists annual conference and training event

Theme - Pulling together: collaboration, synthesis, innovation

Dates: 25–27 April 2018

Venue: Brighton Racecourse, Brighton, England

Hosted at the Brighton Racecourse, our 2018 annual conference event will be packed with sessions, training and networking opportunities.

The three-day conference programme includes papers, seminars and activities that aim to both challenge and illuminate, as well as showcasing how archaeologists can – or could – ‘pull together’ to develop archaeology as a forward-looking and dynamic profession. Topics will cover how innovation, collaboration and lessons learnt from current large infrastructure projects can help to develop industry standards, how working with local communities can help us record and protect the historic environment, and how focusing on early-career researchers will help develop the future workforce for our organisations.

There will also be a wide range of CPD workshops – developing a new standard for ‘grey literature’ reports, discussing occupational health and action plans to tackle issues, and testing a new toolkit for selection and retention for archaeological archives. And we’ll be hosting the first ethics tournament where teams will debate solutions to ethical dilemmas that archaeologists face in practice.

Delegates can take part in excursions to the South Downs National Park, the Whitehawk Causewayed Enclosure and Bishopstone Tidemill. Social events will include a wine reception and dinner at the sea-front restaurant Alfresco, and a buffet and disco at The Brunswick.

You can find all the latest updates, booking information, news and a full timetable of sessions on our conference website: Follow us on Twitter at #CIfA2018.

If you have any questions or comments, please get in touch with us at

The conference is sponsored by Towergate Insurance

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Book: Reviving Palmyra in multiple dimensions

Images, Ruins and Cultural Memory

by Minna Silver, University of Oulu, Finland, Gabriele Fangi, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Italy and Ahmet Denker, Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey

Whittles Publishing:
  • A classic example of digital archaeology and virtual reconstruction
  • Provides a comprehensive and fascinating study of Palmyra, lifting it from the ruins
  • A beacon for the recording of international cultural heritage

This book provides a visual reconstruction of Palmyra, a World Heritage Site situated in Syria, which flourished in Greco-Roman times. Palmyra is situated in a desert oasis and served as a vibrant caravan station on the Silk Road connecting the Roman world with the East. It has been called 'the Queen of the Desert' and 'Venice of the Sands'. In 2015 – 2016 the city was conquered by ISIS who destroyed its monuments and museum, also killing several of its inhabitants. Their aim was to erase the memory and identity of the place, its people and our common heritage. However, through the use of modern technology including photogrammetry, digital imagery and 3D modelling, it has been possible to recreate the documented monuments, thus overcoming to some extent the trauma, cultural destruction and loss. The book unveils the rediscovery of the site by the West and revives and reconstructs the ancient city through images and history. The reader is taken through the spectacular city and its past by providing the information to follow the roots and development of the site, its monuments and its people through the ages, including rulers such as Queen Zenobia. The combination of visualization and written accounts interlink the environment and its people, the monuments and archaeological small finds by using ancient written sources, old photographs, new imagery, 3D models and 3D printing. Thus this ancient site and its past is revived in multiple dimensions. Monuments are visualized as digitally reconstructed ruins or as complete virtual models. This text is therefore the perfect guide for readers who wish to immerse themselves visually in the history of the area and to discover more about the archaeology and its preservation using diverse methods employing modern technology. REVIVING PALMYRA IN MULTIPLE DIMENSIONS Images, Ruins and Cultural Memory Contents: Introducing the memory of the place; Approaching Palmyra from air, space and by land; Revealing cities beneath cities; Individual, families and tribes in inscriptions and images; Palmyra's destiny between Rome and Persia; The Temple of Bel at the core of Palmyra; The Triumphal Arch and the Grand Colonnade; Sacred and public spaces along the Grand Colonnade; The tombs for the eternal souls of Palmyreans; The Camp of Diocletian, the Christian Basilicas and the Arab Citadel; Appendix – The documentation of the architectural heritage by spherical photogrammetry Readership: ideal for all who have an interest in archaeology or the application of modern geomatics and digital techniques in its preservation. Professionals and students in archaeology, heritage and conservation, museums and related areas will find it interesting and stimulating as will anyone in geomatics involved with the application of such techniques to recording heritage.

ISBN 978-184995-296-5 240 × 170mm c.256pp over 300 illustrations, colour throughout softback £30 January, 2018.

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