International Workshop on Archaeological Soil Micromorphology
Developing International Geoarchaeology (DIG)












Basel, 2 - 6 September 2013

Institute for Prehistory and Archaeological Science
University of Basel


Program & Abstract book (pdf)

Important information about talks & posters

Sunday September 1st
Location: Departement für Altertumswissenschaften, University of Basel, Petersgraben 51. Main Entrance. Map
From 17:00 – 19:30h           Welcome drink and registration

International Workshop on Archaeological Soil Micromorphology
Monday September 2nd
Location: Rosshofgasse 2, Room: Schnitz S01 & Schnitz S02. Map

08:00 – 08:30h           Registration

08:30 – 08:45h           Opening of the Workshop by Philippe Rentzel & Team

08:45 – 10:00h           Microscopy session

10:00 – 10:30h           Coffee & Tea break, Poster session

10:30 – 12:30h           Microscopy session

 12:30 – 14:00h           Lunch

14:00 – 15:30h           Microscopy session

15:30 – 16:00h           Coffee & Tea break, Poster session

16:00 – 18:00h           Microscopy session

Tuesday September 3rd
Location: Rosshofgasse 2, Room: Schnitz S01 & Schnitz S02. Map

08:30 – 10:00h           Microscopy session

10:00 – 10:30h           Coffee & Tea break, Poster session

10:30 – 12:30h           Microscopy session

 12:30 – 14:00h           Lunch break

14:00 – 15:30h           Microscopy session

15:30 – 16:00h           Coffee & tea break, Poster session

16:00 – 18:00h           Microscopy session

The workshop is a practical orientated session, with the possibility to display posters (A0 (84.1x118.9cm) - portrait format).

Two rooms (Schnitz S01 and Schnitz S02) are reserved for the two practical days, where a total of 25 microscopes with polarisation filter will be available. During the DIG-conference one of the practical rooms will be at your disposal for further microscopy.


Wednesday September 4th
All day: Excursion Basel region


Developing International Geoarchaeology (DIG) - Conference
Thursday September 5th

Location: Kollegiengebäude, University of Basel, Petersgraben 50, Basel. Room: HS001. Map

08:30 - 9:00h Registration
09:00 - 09:20h

Opening of the DIG – Conference by the leader of the Geoarchaeology group at the University of Basel, Dr. Philippe Rentzel, and the Dean of the Faculty of Science, University of Basel, Prof. Dr. Jörg Schibler.

Block I: Advances in Methodology
09:20 - 09:40h

P. Goldberg: Making Micromorphology More Effective and Prevalent in Geoarchaeology and Archaeology.

09:40 - 09:55h

R. Shahack-Gross: Archaeological micromorphology inter-comparison “test”: Preliminary results.

09:55 - 10:15h

M. C. Stahlschmidt, Ch. E. Miller, P. Goldberg, B. Ligouis, F. Berna, D. Richter, U. Hambach, J. Serangeli & N. J. Conard: The Schöningen hearths: Perspectives on multidisciplinary geoarchaeological research and Middle Pleistocene fire use in northern Europe.

10:15 - 10:35h K. Gilliland, T. C. Kinnaird & T. Gibson: Perceiving the Palaeoindian Period: Using sediment luminescence characteristics to expand understandings about the timing and nature of human occupation of the early landscape in the northwestern Lake Superior Region, Canada.
10:35 - 10:50h Poster presentations
10:50 - 11:20h Coffee & Tea break, Poster Session
11:20 - 11:40h

L. E. Hamlet: Land management and palaeo-landscape narratives from soil and sedimentary records: Can SEM address questions of resource management in Neolithic and Bronze Age Orkney?

11:40 - 12:00h D. J. Huisman, D. Ngan, F. Laarman, & D.C.M. Raemaekers: A question of scales: How micromorphological study and micro-CT scanning of soil samples reveal subsistence strategies in Neolithic Swifterbant (NL).
12:00 - 12:20h X. Suarez Villagran: Microfacies analyses in monumental shell mounds from southern Brazil: applying multivariate statistics to identify recurrent processes of deposition.
12:20 - 12:40h S. Gur-Arieh, E. Mintz, E. Boaretto, A. M. Maeir & R. Shahack-Gross: An Ethno-Archaeological Study of Cooking Installations in Rural Uzbekistan and an application in archaeological sites in Israel.
12:40 - 14:00h Lunch buffet
Block II: Current Research
14:00 - 14:20h D. Anesin & D.E. Angelucci: Stratigraphy, site formation and early use of fire in Europe: Cueva Negra (Caravaca de la Cruz, Spain).
14:20 - 14:40h C. Mallol, A. Sistiaga, D. Cabanes, C. Hernández & B. Galván: Advances in Microstratigraphic Dissection of Archaeological Palimpsests: An example from El Salt Middle Palaeolithic Site (Alicante, Spain).
14:40 - 15:00h A. Polo-Diaz, J. Martínez-Moreno, A. Benito-Calvo & R. Mora: Neanderthals and Modern Humans at Cova Gran de Santa Linya (South-eastern Prepyrenees): Some microstratigraphic contributions to the understanding of the Middle/Upper Paleolithic Transition in the Iberian Peninsula.
15:00 - 15:20h A. Zanoni, M. Zeidi, Ch. E. Miller & N. J. Conard: Using floors and occupation surfaces to understand the settlement history of the aceramic tell of Chogha Golan, Ilam Province, Iran.
15:20 - 15:35h Poster presentations
15:35 - 16:05h

Coffee & Tea break, Poster Session

16:05 - 16:25h S. M. Mentzer, J. Vasquez, V. T. Holliday & H. B. Martinez Izquierdo: The formation processes of Late Pleistocene and Holocene deposits in Sierra Diablo Cave (USA): Implications for the interpretation of biogenic materials in archaeological sites.
16:25 - 16:45h A. Jones & M.-R. Usai: Case studies from the InterArChive Project.
16:45h Closing session
Evening: Social dinner Location: Restauran Parterre
Friday September 6th
Location: Kollegiengebäude, University of Basel, Petersgraben 50, Basel. Room: HS001. Map
Block III: Taphonomy and Presevation
09:00 - 09:20h R. Shahack-Gross, D. Cabanes & S. Weiner: Taphonomy and preservation of phytoliths: A quantitative approach.
09:20 - 09:40h E. Schulz: Regeneration of vegetation and soil after clearing, burning and cultivation. The Forchtenberg-Experiment.
09:40 - 10:00h Ch. E. Miller, S. Mentzer, J. Parkington & G. Porraz:Site formation processes of the Middle Stone Age layers at Eland’s Bay Cave, South Africa.
10:00 - 10:20h

R. Inglis, A. Sinclair, A. Shuttleworth, A. Alsharekh, S. Al Ghamdi,
M. Devès & G. Bailey: Landscape evolution, taphonomy and Palaeolithic archaeology in Southwest Saudi Arabia.

10:20 - 10:50h Coffee & Tea break, Poster Session
10:50 - 11:10h D. Vannieuwenhuyse: Lifeways of the first Australians project: a microscale geoarchaeological investigation of Pleistocene and Holocene archaeological sites in the Kimberley (North of Western Australia).
11:10 - 11:30h G. Koromila: Site formation, taphonomy and preservation: a micromorphological analysis of open areas in three Neolithic settlements, N. Greece.
11:30 - 11:50h B. Wouters, Y. Devos, L. Vrydaghs, & D. Tys: A soil micro-morphological study of the early medieval dark earth of Antwerp (Belgium).
11:50 - 13:30 Lunch buffet
Block IV: Geoarchaeology of Wetlands
13:30 - 13:50h F. Schilt, S. Mentzer, D. Wright, J. Thompson, Ch. E. Miller & E. Gomani-Chindebvu: Micromorphology of the site of Mwanganda's Village Area I, northern Malawi.
13:50 - 14:10h K. Ismail-Meyer & R. Huber: An Neolithic house with the whole shebang? Taphonomic aspects of the wetland site Cham – Eslen (Canton Zug, Switzerland).
14:10 - 14:30h M. Guélat: The central mound in the Neolithic lakeside settlement of Marin- Les Piécettes (Neuchâtel, Switzerland): site formation processes.
14:30 - 15:00h Coffee & Tea break, Poster Session
15:00 - 15:20h C. Nicosia, C. Balista, M. Cupitò, M. Dal Corso, E. Dalla Longa, W. Kirleis, G. Leonardi: Geoarchaeology of the hydraulic structures of the Bronze Age site of Fondo Paviani (Verona, north-eastern Italy).
15:20 - 15:40h J. Jotheri, T. Wilkinson & M. Allen: Reconstruction of ancient rivers in the Najaf wetland area – Southern Mesopotamia.
15:40 - 16:00h Y. Devos, C. Nicosia, L. Speleers & L. Vrydaghs: Geoarchaeology and (pre)-urban wetland archaeology: some case studies from Brussels (Belgium).
16:00h L. Wilson: Closing session. Summary and outlook.

Important information about talks & posters


Due to our long list of papers and the tight schedule we ask contributors to limit their presentation to 15 minutes, in order to allow 5 minutes discussion time after the talk.

The following projection equipment is available in the lecture room:

- Overhead projector
- LCD projector
- Laptop with Microsoft Win7 and PowerPoint 2010

Please bring a PDF-Version of your presentation, in addition to your PowerPoint presentation, to ensure that it can be projected without any problems.


For poster presentations extra walls will be at your disposition during the workshop and the DIG conference. Please note that the poster-size should be A0 (84.1x118.9cm) - portrait format.

There will be poster presentations at the DIG conference during which each contributor of a poster will have the opportunity to present themself and the general topic of their poster within 1 minute. We would like to project a PDF of the poster on that occasion and therefore we ask poster contributors to send a PDF of their poster in a resolution suitable for that purpose (e.g. 200 dpi or max. of 10MB).