Geoarchaeology and Taphonomy


International Meeting

24-26 September 2008, Aix-en-Provence

International Meeting

“Geoarchaeology and Taphonomy”

September 24, 25 and 26, 2008

Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l'Homme

5, Rue du Château de l’Horloge, Aix-en-Provence.


We are organizing an international meeting at the Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l’Homme, Aix-en-Provence, France, as part of a pluridisciplinary research network (Réseau Thématique Pluridisciplinaire - RTP) developed by the CNRS-EDD and devoted to Taphonomy and related topics.


The main goal of the meeting, which is entitled «Geoarchaeology and Taphonomy», is to integrate sedimentary studies carried out within archaeological sites with taphonomic processes that commonly affect biogenic and anthropogenic remains. Such processes can be viewed from different temporal, spatial and genetic perspectives.


In Archaeology, the characterization of taphonomic processes is a prerequisite for understanding of the original paleoenvironmental and cultural contexts. Taphonomic processes affecting bone, pollen, phytoliths, shell, and other materials such as lithics and ceramics are closely linked to sedimentary processes. Therefore, it is particularly interesting to hold a scientific meeting devoted to the presentation of different studies that show how Geoarchaeology can contribute to the reconstruction and understanding of taphonomic processes in archaeological sites.


The meeting will revolve around topics such as the physico-chemical modification processes associated with archaeological sediments and remains before, during and after deposition. Presentations will cover theoretical and methodological aspects and will involve a variety of periods and settings (open air, caves and urban). In order to discuss each individual topic in depth, we have allocated forty minutes for each presentation: 20-25 min for oral presentation + 15-20 min for questions and discussion after each individual talk.