I am busy these days organising a conference with colleagues in Ireland. The conference is Looking back, moving forward: 70 years of Environmental Archaeology in Ireland and will be held at the fantastic lecture theatre in the National Botanic Gardens Dublin on Friday 19th February 2016.
Why are we running this conference? The last few decades have seen a surge of interest in environmental archaeology, and many analyses of environmental remains have been undertaken, including analyses of preserved plants, wood, animal bones, insects and other materials. We decided it was time to take stock and think about the future.
The conference will explore how environmental archaeology developed in Ireland, where we are now, and how we can move forward. We want to provide a forum to consider our strengths and expertise, gaps in knowledge and skills, and challenges in practice. We believe this will help us develop a sustainable future for environmental archaeology in Ireland.
The morning session of the conference comprises a series of lectures, where we will find out about new research on climate change, bog bodies, woodlands and wetlands, agriculture, and the environments of early towns. Something for everyone, we hope! Then in the afternoon, interactive discussions will help us to find a way forward.
As well as participating in the conference, delegates will have an opportunity to view the Viking house reconstruction built by the hugely talented Eoin Donnelly (see here for my involvement in the project). Delegates will also be able to have a look at the new photographic exhibition on the World Heritage Site of Skellig Michael.
Further information on the conference, and registration details, can be found here. Hope to see you at the conference!