Archon Cutting Edge workshop on interdisciplinary Landscape Archaeology of the Bronze Age Central Italy: the Avellino Project (2EC)

Monday 9 april: Introductions and settlement archaeology 

Harmony building (Oude Kijk in ‘t Jatstraat 26) room 1315.0042

11:00 – 11:45 Introduction to the workshop and historiography of Dutch research in the Pontine Region: long term settlement and land use history (Peter Attema)

11:45 – 12.30 Research questions and methodology of the NWO-funded project “The Avellino Event: cultural and demographic effects of the great Bronze Age eruption of Mount Vesuvius” (Martijn van Leusen)

12.30 -13.30 Lunch

 Harmony building room 1315.0048

13:30 – 15:00 Settlement and chronology of the Early and Middle Bronze Age in Central Italy: models, problems and opportunities (Luca Alessandri)

Tea break

15.00 -17.00 Computer lab: Assignments on spatial analysis of settlement distributions


Tuesday 10 april: Geology and tephrochronology / Palaeoecology

Harmony building room 1312.0118

11:00 – 11.45 The geological evolution of the Agro Pontino (Jan Sevink)

11.45 – 12.30 The Avellino eruption and tephrochronology (Jan Sevink)

12:30-13:30 Lunch

Harmony building room 1312.0118

13.30 – 15.00 Local and regional Paleoecology of the Pontine Region and Fondi Basin (Mike Field)

Tea break

15.00 -17.00 Palaeoecological assignment / (literature) discussion


Wednesday 11 april: Assignments

 Harmony building room 1315.0031

09:30 – 12:30 Work on assignments (supervised)

12.30 -13.30 Lunch

 Harmony building room 1315.0042

13:30 – 17:00 Work on assignments and discussion on assignment progress


Thursday 12 april: Absolute Chronology

 Energy Academy Europe Building (Nijenborgh 6) room 5158.0029

09:00 – 11:00 Lab visit to the Energy Academy (C14 lab) by ERC laureate Michael Dee

11:00 – 11:45 Cutting edge aspects of radiocarbon dating including: exact-year dating, single-compound dating, Bayesian modelling; gas-dating on microgram samples (Michael Dee)

11.45 – 12.30 Bayesian modelling of C14 dates for the Italian Bronze Age (Luca Alessandri)

12.30 -13.30 Lunch

 Energy Academy Europe Building room 5158.0029

13:30 – 16:00 Computer workshop on Bayesian chronological modelling (Michael Dee, Luca Alessandri)


Interdisciplinary Landscape archaeology (1EC, 7 lectures)

Friday 13 april

Harmony building room 1312.0024

Aim: to discuss the added value of the integration of different methodologies as used within the AV project in landscape archaeology by presenting different case studies from within or outside of the AV project. We propose three discussion blocks, each starting with talks and ending with a discussion between speakers and audience led by a moderator.

Introduction: P. Attema 09:30 – 10:00

Block 1: Geoarchaeology/Geo-techniques 10:00-12:30
  • The distal Avellino tephra in the Agro Pontino and Fondi basin (Lazio, Italy), a fortunate time-window for Early Bronze Age palaeogeographic reconstruction (Jan Sevink and W. van Gorp)
  • On the rocks, but no ice: The fate of stone age sites in a dynamic loess landscape (The Netherlands) revealed by micromorphology and OSL dating analyses (H. Huisman)
  • The Geraki Archaeological Project: 6000 years of human-environment interactions in southeastern Laconia (Greece) revealed by integrated archaeological and geological data, ongoing research (Sjoerd Kluiving and A. Prent)
  • Moderator: M. van Leusen
Block 2: Isotopes in landscape and settlement archaeology 13:30 – 15:00
  • The Light Stable Isotopes in Archaeological and Palaeoenvironmental Analysis (Michael Dee)
  • Copper Age human mobility in Latium Vetus: a case study from La Sassa Cave (Luca Alessandri)
  • Moderator: Albert Nijboer
Block 3: The palaeoenvironment 15:30-17:00
  • Using palaeobotanical analyses to reconstruct the local and regional palaeoenvironment of the Agro Pontino and Fondi Basin (Marieke Doorenbosch)
  • The 4.2 Ka event (Corrie Bakels)