The Big Picture: Archaeology, Society and Environment Conference 2014
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Over recent decades the volumes of data and knowledge that stems from it, through developer-funded and blue-skies research, has made it possible to begin to synthesis and draw out meaning from disparate sites. In the era of 'big data'. Alongside this there is an increased interest in the role that environmental archaeology can play in assessing societal resilience and sustainability. The relationship between social groups and their environment is nuanced, and environmental archaeology has a major role to play in exploring how to different groups behave following environmental changes or social perturbations, or indeed the extent to societal development is at all related to environmental changes. 

This conference explores current work in environmental archaeology which seeks to integrate archaeological / environmental data at a variety of scales, from interdisciplinary site-based studies to regional syntheses. We invite, in particular, papers that explore: regional synthesis of datasets; the challenges of up-scaling and integrating multiple sets of site-based data; new approaches to integrating site-based data to reveal spatial and temporal patterns in landscape, environment or social change; resilience theory and environmental archaeology. 

More information and booking via the University eStore (last booking date: 6 November 2014).

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Archaeology, Society and Environment Conference 2014

Rolle Building, Plymouth University

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