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The symposium had seven sessions (no parallel sessions). Six of them regular, while a seventh theme session was selected by the local organizing committee.
In an attempt to achieve greater coherence and to generate more serious discussion, a part of each session was allocated to papers on more focussed topics. In selecting papers for oral presentation, convenors therefore gave some preference to those papers that are relevant to the focussed topic. However, some 50 per cent of the oral presentations in each session was devoted to other topics related to that session.

See for Symposium overview: programme pdf-file

  • Field archaeology
    Topic: The application of ground probing radar in archaeology
    Convenor: Ron Farquahar and Larry Pavlish

  • Technology and provenance of stone, pigments, and plasters
    Topic: Pigments and paints in the Roman and Byzantine periods
    Convenor: Yannis Maniatis

  • Technology and provenance of ceramics (including ceramic pigments) and glass
    Topic: Post-depositional alteration of ceramics
    Convenor: Michael Tite and Gerwulf Schneider

  • Technology and provenance of metals
    Topic: Origins of tin - what is new?
    Convenor: Pieter Meyers and Ernst Pernicka

  • Dating
    Topic: Chronology of the Middle to Upper Palaeolithic transition in Europe
    Convenor: Gunther Wagner

  • Biomaterials
    Topic: Migration and mobility as detected from the analysis of biological materials
    Convenor: Mark Pollard

  • Conservation science
    Topic: Science and the in situ preservation of archaeological heritage
    Convenor: Henk Kars

    Especially in northwestern Europe the scientific study of the in situ preservation of archaeological heritage has become a major issue. Work in this field of conservation studies is subsidized by national and international research bodies and it can safely be assumed that the number of studies in the field will increase and will be performed world-wide.

    The official symposium language will be English.

    Oral presentations are mainly reserved for complete projects of particular interest, red hot news and review papers. Progress reports will go to the posters sessions. Except for a restricted number of review papers, the length of oral presentations is 15 minutes plus 5 minutes for discussion.
    There is only one oral presentation per person. In the case of papers with multiple authors, the speaker should be indicated. Reading of a paper by a non-author is only allowed under exceptional circumstances.
    Abstracts for oral/poster presentations should be a minimum of 200 words and a maximum of 400 words. The abstract should clearly list the title, author(s) and affiliations (with e-mail!) of the corresponding author. The text should include:

  • Archaeological context
  • Research objectives (clear statement that motivated the study)
  • Methods/techniques employed
  • Results and significance of the study for archaeological science
    References (optional) should be in the format of the journal Archaeometry.

    Abstracts should be send by e-mail to:

    All abstracts will be reviewed by a session convenor, who will recommend whether to accept a paper and whether the paper should be in an oral or poster session. Possible reasons for a complete rejection of an abstract include outrageous, irrelevant to archaeometry, re-invention of the wheel or failure to provide an adequate abstract after request to improvement.
    Oral presentations of good scientific quality will only be included in the final programme of the symposium when the registration fee of the speaker has been received.
    Abstracts are published on this site, see "Abstract" in the menu!

    Guidelines for the preparation of posters
    Instructions on poster presentations can be found in this PDF-file. (Poster Instructions kindly provided by Christine Jeans, NRG, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK)

    To encourage the active participation of students in the Archaeometry Symposia, the Standing Committee offers two prizes of $100 US each for the best posters representing the work of students enrolled in programs leading to degrees in science or archaeological science. Students must attend the symposium to claim their prizes. If you wish to apply see next circular and this page on the web site.

    An afternoon break with an excursion is planned in the middle of the Symposium. During the excursion participants will be informed with the state of art of Maritime Archaeology in the Netherlands. It includes a visit to the conservation laboratories of the Institute for Maritime and Ship Archaeology and a visit to a replica of a East Indianan ship Batavia and it's wharf.

    The proceedings of the symposium will be published in special issues of two different journals.
    The Netherlands Journal of Geosciences / Geologie en Mijnbouw has offered to publish the papers for the regular sessions (field archaeology/geoarchaeology, dating, biomaterials, technology and provenance of materials). This international journal is published on behalf of the Royal Geological and Mining Society of the Netherlands and the Netherlands Institute of Applied Geoscience TNO.
    The local organizig committee is also grateful to the Editor of British Archaeological Reports who offered to publish the session dealing conservation science.
    Papers given as oral and poster presentations are eligible for publication. The submission of a paper for publicaton is optional. All papers undergo the process of refereeing in order to keep the standards at high scientific level. This means that papers presented during the symposium not automatically are accepted for publication!
    Guides for authors and details about submission of manuscript will become available in the web site of the symposium.

    The CD rom of the Proceedings of the 32nd Symposium on Archaeometry, Mexico 2000, will be available in Amsterdam for 20 US dollars.

    The Symposium is supported by the institutional world of Dutch archaeology which is represented in the Committee of Honour by:

  • Mrs H. van der Linden (Director ROB),
  • Prof. R. Reinders (Chairman Dutch Research School for Archaeology, ARCHON),
  • Prof. N.G.A.M. Roymans (Head of Archaeology Department, VU),
  • Prof. W. Roeleveld (Dean of Faculty of Earth Sciences, VU).

    The main sponsors of the Symposium are the Vrije Universiteit at Amsterdam (Faculty of Arts, the Archaeological Institute and the Faculty of Earth Sciences) and the Rijksdienst voor het Oudheidkundig Bodemonderzoek (Amersfoort).
    At this moment the following institutes have agreed to support Archaeometry 2002 by manpower and/or direct financial funding:

  • RAAP consultancy, Amsterdam (private company in prospective archaeology)

  • Dutch Centre for Dendrochronology (RING), Amersfoort:

  • Faculty of Archaeology, University of Leiden

  • Archaeological Institute, University of Groningen

  • Standing committee:

    M.J. Aitken, Oxford

    M.S. Tite, Oxford

    L. Barba, Mexico City
    K.T. Biró, Budapest
    R.M. Farquahar, Toronto
    G. Harbottle, Brookhaven
    H. Kars, Amsterdam
    Y. Maniatis, Athens
    P. Meyers, Los Angeles
    A.M. Özer, Ankara
    G.A. Wagner, Heidelberg
    S.U. Wisseman, Urbana

    Local organizing committee:
    H. Kars, Amsterdam

    B. Andeweg, Amsterdam
    E. Burke, Amsterdam
    A. van Gijn, Leiden
    I. Joosten, Amersfoort
    E.A.K. Kars, Amersfoort
    B. Nijboer, Groningen

    Abstract handling and Scientific Program:
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