5th INTERNATIONAL MEETING OF CHARCOAL ANALYSIS

The charcoal as cultural and biological heritage

Valencia, Spain, September 5th-9th 2011

Introduction

The 5th International Meeting of Charcoal Analysis: Charcoal as Cultural and Biological Heritage will take place in Valencia (Spain) from the 5th to the 9th of September 2011. It is organized by the Department of Prehistory and Archaeology, University of Valencia, and convenes many of the principal specialists in the field.

Natural and human-made fires are the main agents for the deposition of charcolified remains in natural or archaeological sediments. Wood-charcoals produced and deposited by such processes are an important evidence of the flora and vegetation of the past, therefore forming part of the biological and cultural heritage. Wood-charcoal analysis provides precise ethnobotanical and ecological information and for this reason the results of such analysis have become a valuable tool not only for the reconnaissance of the environments of the past but also for a better understanding of the present day ones.

The scope of the 5th International Meeting of Charcoal Analysis: Charcoal as cultural and biological heritage, is to introduce current innovative issues and lines of investigation in this field of research and to promote discussion, collaboration and interdisciplinarity. Participants from different countries will present methodological novelties and new data on regional sequences.

We look forward to seeing you in Valencia and sharing a successful meeting with you.

Organizing Committee

  • Ernestina Badal
    Universitat de València
  • Yolanda Carrión
    Centro de Investigaciones sobre Desertificación -CIDE, CSIC UVEG, GV
  • Elena Grau
    Universitat de València
  • Sabina Asíns
    Centro de Investigaciones sobre Desertificación -CIDE, CSIC UVEG, GV
  • Miguel Macías
    Universidad Politécnica de Valencia
  • María Ntinou
    Universitat de València
  • Magdalena Moskal
    Universitat de València
  • María Soledad García
    Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle (Paris)

Scientific Committee

  • Dr. Ernestina BADAL
    University of Valencia, Spain
  • Dr. Lucie CHABAL
    University of Montpellier, France
  • Dr. Freddy DAMBLON
    Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Belgium
  • Dr. Isabel FIGUEIRAL
    INRAP (Institut National de Recherches Archéologiques Préventives), France
  • Dr. Girolamo FIORENTINO
    University of Lecce, Italy
  • Dr. Maria LITYNSKA-ZAJAC
    Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology, Poland
  • Dr. Dominique MARGUERIE
    University of Rennes, France
  • Dr. Bernat MARTÍ
    Museo de Prehistoria de Valencia, Spain
  • Dr. Oliver NELLE
    University of Kiel, Germany
  • Dr. Mitchell J. POWER
    University of Utah, USA
  • Dr. Juan SÁNCHEZ
    University of Valencia, CIDE. Spain
  • Dr. Rita SCHEEL-YBERT
    Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Dr. Werner SCHOCH
    Laboratory of Quaternary Research, Switzerland
  • Dr. Andrew SCOTT
    Royal Hollaway University of London, U.K.
  • Dr. Ingelise STUIJTS
    Discovery Programme, Ireland
  • Dr. Stéphanie THIÉBAULT
    CNRS, Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle (Paris)
  • Dr. Lydia ZAPATA
    University of Basque Country, Spain

Goals

The botanical identification of wood and charcoal is of interest to diverse scientific fields. This analysis constitutes a starting point for different areas of research ranging from methodology to the construction of broad regional and chronological vegetation sequences. Therefore, the 5th International Meeting of Charcoal Analysis will provide a great opportunity for bringing together botanists, archaeologists, ecologists and other specialists interested in wood science.

All professionals, researchers, environmentalists involved or interested in the area of the meeting are invited to present papers relating to the conference topics.

The scientific objectives are structured in five thematic sessions:

  1. Session 1

    Methods, taphonomy, dating

  2. Session 2

    Wood and charcoal anatomy. Problems and solutions

  3. Session 3

    Pedo-anthracology and Pre-Quaternary charcoal

  4. Session 4

    Archaeological charcoal: natural or human impact on the vegetation

  5. Session 5

    Ethnographical data of wood and charcoal use

Publication

The manuscripts that will be submitted to the Publication Committee should be prepared following the SAGVNTVM EXTRA style guidelines.

Papers should be submitted online at the web site of the meeting, starting at the Registration section. Once you have submitted your manuscript via the web, you will receive a confirmation by e-mail.

Authors should submit their contributions before the 30th of April 2012. The deadline will not be extendable to assure that the review process will be completed in May-June and the manuscripts will be revised by the authors in July.

The papers will be published in SAGVNTVM EXTRA (ISSN: 0210-3729), the journal of the Department of Prehistory and Archaeology, University of Valencia. SAGVNTVM is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0).

Technical Secretariat

Contact: charcoal[ ARROBA ]sapac.es

  • Ernestina Badal
    Universitat de València
  • Yolanda Carrión
    Centro de Investigaciones sobre Desertificación -CIDE, CSIC UVEG, GV

Special Keynotes

Five introductory talks of about 60' (including 10' to 15' for questions) are scheduled for the meeting, which will cover the following thematic sessions:

  1. Session 1

    Methods, taphonomy, dating
    KEYNOTE: Dominique MARGUERIE

  2. Session 2

    Wood and charcoal anatomy. Problems and solutions
    KEYNOTE: Werner SCHOCH

  3. Session 3

    Pedo-anthracology and Pre-Quaternary charcoal
    KEYNOTE: Antonio MARTÍNEZ CORTIZAS

  4. Session 4

    Archaeological charcoal: natural or human impact on the vegetation
    KEYNOTE: Isabel FIGUEIRAL

  5. Session 5

    Ethnographical data of wood and charcoal use
    KEYNOTE: Alexa DUFRAISSE

Program

We have organized the sessions in the following timetable:

Calendar

December 2010
Web page and First Circular
15th February, 2011
DEADLINE for early registration payment
20th March 2011
DEADLINE for abstract submission (Not extendable more, for editorial reasons)
30th April 2011
Notification for final abstract approval
May 2011
Second circular and final program
30th August 2011
DEADLINE for registration payment (with extra charge)
5, 6, 7, 8 & 9th September 2011
5th INTERNATIONAL MEETING OF CHARCOAL ANALYSIS
The charcoal as cultural and biological heritage
7th September 2011
Workshop
9th September 2011
Excursion to an archaeological site
30th April 2012
DEADLINE for article submission

Registration Fees

  Students * Others
Payment before 15th February 2011 100 € 150 €
Payment after 15th February 2011 120 € 200 €

* Registration must be accompanied by an official certificate accrediting your status as a student

Oral Presentation

The time allocated for oral sessions will be limited. Keynote talks should not exceed 45 minutes and a duration of 15 minutes is scheduled for the participants' talks. We strongly encourage oral presentations of around 10 minutes and of no more than 12 minutes to allow 5 to 3 minutes for discussion and to entertain questions from those in the audience. Please, be sure to limit the presentations to the time allocated.

The lecture room will be equipped with one PC/Mac video projector together with a pointer, and one large screen. Additional technical equipment, such as an overhead or a slide projector, a video recorder, etc could be requested. One projectionist will be present in the lecture room. S/he will collect presentations and the slides (if necessary) and help the chairperson and speakers.

All communications should be presented in English that is the official language of the meeting. Although we strongly recommend the use of English for discussion during the sessions, however, the participants may formulate questions, comments, etc. in any other official language of the European Union at their convenience.

Poster Presentation

Poster presentations will be organized in poster sessions, and poster sessions belonging thematically to the same overall topic will take place in separate poster areas.

Posters should be presented in English. They should be no larger than 100 cm wide and 130 cm high. All the material necessary for attaching the posters will be available at the "Facility Desks" in the poster area.

During the poster sessions, the authors are kindly asked to stand near their posters for interview and discussion.

Abstracts

Abstracts for poster and oral communications should be submitted no later than the 20th of March 2011. Authors will receive notification for their approval by the 30th of April.

Abstracts should be presented in English that is the official language of the meeting. All approved extended abstracts will be published in a special volume of Saguntum, the journal of the Prehistory and Archaeology Department of University of Valencia. Please, prepare the abstracts according to the guidelines for the Saguntum publications.

Social Events

Monday, September 5th
free

Welcome reception at the Faculty of Geography and History

Tuesday, September 6th
fee: 10 €

Visit to the Botanical Garden followed by a reception and tasting of orxata, the typical drink of Valencia

Wednesday, September 7th
fee: 40 €

Official Dinner of the Meeting

Thursday, September 8th
fee: 10 €

Reception in the Museum of Prehistory

On Thursday, the afternoon session of the meeting will be held at the auditorium of the Museum of Prehistory. The session will be followed by a visit to the museum (free). The reception will be offered in the museum gardens after the visit

Friday, September 9th
fee: 50 € (The price includes transportation, lunch and visit to the monuments)

Excursion of the meeting

  • Visit to Cova de les Cendres (Teulada-Moraira)

    Cova de les Cendres is located on a cliff at the Or Cape (Moraira-Teulada). Excavations at the site have uncovered the Pleistocene sequence that dates from the Gravettian (25,000 yrs) to the Magdalenian (12,000 yrs) and the Holocene sequence that includes habitation layers of the Neolithic, Chalcolithic and Bronze Age periods. The archaeological and environmental surveys carried out in the cave (geomorphology, stratigraphy, charcoal, pollen, marine and continental fauna) allow for a precise knowledge of the climate and the cultural changes that took place in the last 25 millennia.

  • Lunch in Denia
  • Visit to the Castle of Denia

    The Castle of Denia is one of the main elements that define the historic topography of the urban development of the town. Remains of houses and forts dating back to the Roman Dianium have been excavated on its slopes. Its design goes back to the Muslim period between the 11th and 12th centuries. Since then, various reforms took place and they can be traced in the architecture of the castle. Architectural elements that stand out are those from the Almohade period, the construction of the Red Tower and the Council's Tower in the 15th century, the bastions and other Renaissance defensive systems.

Local Information

Location map
Location map

To help organize your trip to Valencia, we recommend the following local information:

picture about the 5th charcoal meeting
Faculty of Geography and History. University of Valencia (t. badal, 2010)