Archaeometry: another point of view

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Institut Français d’Archéologie Orientale, 15th December 2016

The use of scientific methods and technologies in the field of archaeological studies has undergone a great deal of development over the past fifty years. Today, Archaeometry is considered an integral tool for many aspects of understanding the past, whether for dating, provenance studies or the characterization of ancient materials. Many research fields are affected by scientific techniques, which are regularly improving as new methods continue to emerge. In order to ensure the accurate use of each scientific method, and to routinely check consistency in results, quality-control of analyses remains a considerable and ongoing concern. International cooperation between laboratories in order to conduct cross-analysis programmes is considered a vital activity. Hence, Archaeometry draws its strength from cooperation between varying specialities, which requires researchers to work together by developing international and interdisciplinary collaborations.

Many laboratories have been or in the process of being established in Egypt, and consequently, Archaeometry is set to become a major source of interest and concern. Because of the large range of techniques available, responding to the varied research questions will be a huge challenge. The aim of this one-day conference is to provide an overview of practices outside of Egypt; specifically, how archaeometric studies are conducted in other countries, how collaborations between archaeometrists and archaeologists are established, and how they work.

The Archaeometry Conference will be organized in two parts:
Firstly; keynote speakers will introduce a wide range of research techniques including spectroscopic analyses, isotopic analyses, archaeometallurgy... Speakers will present programmes they have led outside Egypt and demonstrate collaborative working methods with other laboratories around the world.
Secondly; a specialised panel discussion will then be opened to offer the opportunity of direct exchanges between the participants.

Registration: is free and compulsory before the 5th of December 2016 by email: Please entitle your email: Registration to the Archaeometry Conference, 15th December 2016

Location: IFAO, 37 Cheikh Aly Youssef, Cairo Mounira

Date: Thursday 15th December 2016, 10:00 - 16:00