Thursday, 5 September 2013

Hidden Worlds at the EAA 2013 - Pilsen, Czech Republic

Today was the first day of the 2013 EAA conference, held this year in Pilsen, Czech Republic. I've been to quite a few of the EAAs now, and they are always great for catching up with colleagues from across Europe and beyond, and this year is no exception. I've probably spend more of the conference today discussing work over coffee than seeing papers! So far I've met colleagues from Bristol, Reading and York as well as some Edinburgh folk.
This year, rather than giving a paper, I'm doing something a little different. Together with Julie Boreham from Earthslides, UK, I have put together a photographic exhibition of micromorphology slides from Paisley Caves. Julie did a similar exhibition a few years ago for the WAC 2008 conference in Dublin, which was a great success. The idea is to showcase 'Hidden Worlds' of archaeology under the microscope, and to communicate thin section micromorphology to a non-specialist archaeological audience. The large poster sized photos mean that viewers can look at all of the little details that we can see under the microscope, with a text commentary of the important archaeological features. Julie suggested we do an exhibiton focussing on a new set of slides from Paisley Caves - I talked about these a few weeks ago for the Day of Archaeology, and if you are interested you can click on the keywords for some older blog posts with snippets of Paisley info too. In the Paisley Caves exhibition, which was presented today, the analysis is an introductory overview of some of the key features that can be seen in the slides, and how they help reconstruct the sedimentary formation processes at the site.
I used to prefer giving papers at conferences, but they are often so short it is difficult to fit much in, and there is not always much time for questions and discussion. Posters offer a chance to get into more detailed discussions with people about the research. Not too many questions today unfortunately, but we did get a lot of people looking at the exhibition as we were handily located at the top of the main staircase next to the coffee break area!

Hidden Worlds at the EAA 2013

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