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20th GMPCA symposium, 27th-30th April 2015, Besançon, France

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The 20th GMPCA symposium will take place in Besancon (Doubs, France), from 27th to 30th April 2015. The conference is organized by the laboratory Chrono-environment CNRS-University of Franche-Comte (UFC), together with the laboratory of Metallurgy and Cultures of the University of Technology of Belfort-Montbeliard (UTBM). The combination of these two research units, the first specialized in the characterization of paleo-environments, agro-ecosystems and populations, the second, specialized in the study of archaeomaterials, history and evolution of technical processes, will make the 20th GMPCA symposium a place for diverse scientific discussions, and will propose multidisciplinary sessions as required by the vast domain of archaeometry.

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Session: Integrated approaches in survey archaeology (site, micro-regional and regional levels)

Managers: Gilles Bossuet, Clément Laplaige, Matthieu Thivet
Keywords: Integrated approach, multidisciplinary, remote sensing, applied geophysics
Abstract: For a number of years, the major research advances in archaeology have resulted from using integrated approaches. These multidisciplinary analyses are conducive to furthering our understanding, at different temporal and spatial scales (reconstruction of the context of occupation, settlement dynamics, or environmental context etc.). This session aims to embrace the richness and diversity of the information provided by these “global” approaches, combining various lines of investigation. Particular attention will be given to papers on survey methods (remote sensing, geophysical surveys, field walking...).

Session: Characterization and exploitation of archaeomaterials: movement of goods and associated know-how

Managers: Marion Berranger, Yona Waksman, François-Xavier Le Bourdonnec, Ludovic Bellot-Gurlet, Ina Reiche, Jacques Thiriot
Keywords: stone, pigment, glass, metal, ceramic, bio-materials, raw materials, trade, exchange, know-how, experiments, technical system
Abstract: Interdisciplinary papers looking at the characterization of archaeo-materials in all their aspects are encouraged, with an aim to study the networks of exchange and their dynamics. What is in circulation: materials in the form of raw material, of final objects, of recycled products, craftsmen, techniques? These studies are based on the reconstruction of production techniques and on their transmission. We encourage experimental approaches to help understanding chemical filiations. A further aim is to investigate the underlying dynamic of exchanges and of the organization of production, from a social dimension, to define the role of the elites, of politics, the place and status of craftsmen etc.

Session: Paleoenvironments and human-environment interactions

Managers: Olivier Girardclos, Damien Rius, Nick Marriner
Keywords: Characterization of palaeoenvironments, palaeoenvironment dynamics, forest dynamics, agro-pastoralism, archaeobotanic, archaeozoology
Abstract: This session looks at palaeoenvironmental approaches to reconstruct the evolution of agrarian systems from Neolithic times to the present day.
We invite the submission of oral presentations looking at both methodological approaches (e.g. archaeobotany, archaeozoology, pollen analysis, anthracology, dendrochronology, etc) and study sites (archaeological sites, sedimentary archives, soils). Particular attention will be given to interdisciplinary studies that aim to characterize key periods in the evolution of agricultural systems (e.g. neolithization processes, roman times, industrial revolution…).

Session: Biological, chemical and physical analyzes in anthropology

Managers: Matthieu Le Bailly, David Gandia, Estelle Herrscher
Keywords: Anthropology, isotopes, biomolecules, palaeogenetic, medical imagery, palaeopathology
Abstract: For a number of years, owing to the technical innovations in biomedical research, biological, chemical and physical analyses have improved our knowledge of ancient populations. Diet, cultural habits, pathologies or phylogeny are areas of study that are becoming more widespread and precise. These investigations are complementary to more conventional osteological studies, both at the scale of the individual and the population. This session, dedicated to human studies, provides an opportunity to showcase current research, as well as new technical advances.

Session: Dating tools and methods

Managers: Anne-Véronique Walter-Simonnet, Philippe Lanos, Emmanuelle Delqué-Kolic
Keywords: Chrono-stratigraphic modeling, radioelements, tephrochronology, biostratigraphy, dendrochronology, luminescence
Abstract: This session deals with the dating methods used for archaeological and palaeoenvironmental Quaternary studies. Studies combining several dating methods (relative and/or absolute dating), but also methodological developments such as tools for mathematical modelling, will also be encouraged.

Session: Spatial analysis and modelling of human settlement systems

Managers: Stéphane Alix, Laure Nuninger
Keywords: settlement pattern, GIS, spatial analysis, agent-based modelling, networks, intensity and stability of settlement
Abstract: Since work initiated during the projects Archaeomedes in the 90’s and ArchaeDyn in the late 2000’s, many new research tools and spatial analyses have been developed to analyze settlement patterns and, in particular, observed changes in the settlement systems. Whatever the interest, in identifying change or the process of change itself, analysis and implemented modelling methods should be explained so that the micro-regional studies can be compared in order to extract the major trends. This session concerning changes or transitions in systems of settlement is an opportunity to take stock of current research from different viewpoints: conceptual, methodological and technical (statistical GIS, simulation etc.).

Practical Information


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Tuesday 28th April afternoon is devoted to excursions in Besancon "From Vesontio to Besancon" to discover the city, its history and heritage. See details

Symposium place:
UFR Sciences et Techniques, campus de la Bouloie, bâtiment propédeutique, 16 route de Gray, 25000 Besancon, France

Contact: archeometrie2015 at

Some useful information to reach the conference place
If you arrive by train, prefer to stop at the train station “Besancon-Viotte” rather than “Besancon Franche-Comté TGV” station, you will be directly in the city center. If you do not have the choice, shuttles are available regularly between the two stations (see link below). Once at the Besancon-Viotte station, the bus line No. 3 (direction “Temis”) is straightforward to get to the science campus (La Bouloie). Go down to the "CROUS Université" station (for details, see urban transport line map linked below). Once the bus station, you will walk to the “Propédeutique” building (5 min walk) (see campus map linked below).

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Public transport plan
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Shuttles between train stations
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Plan of the conference place
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