27th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists: Widening Horizons

Session #402: Climate and Environmental Change in the Nile Valley

Session organisers:
Eva Panagiotakopulu (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh) and
Johanna Sigl (Kommission für Archäologie Außereuropäischer Kulturen – KAAK)

Environmental change either as a result of human impact or climate change has a long history in the Nile valley. From the much discussed Old Kingdom collapse to a variety of apparently catastrophic events and more nuanced incremental change, the archaeological record, with unique information from organic remains, resulting from optimal preservation, provides a detailed body of data. These allow refined interpretations for past events, including societal change. The session aims to present case studies from archaeological and palaeoenvironmental research, combining novel techniques and established approaches, theories and data in an attempt to engender a holistic approach to change in the Nile Valley during the Holocene, in particular during the last 10.000 years. We shall look into results on environmental change from different research methods in order to obtain a multidisciplinary perspective. The session will range from detailed site interpretations to key events and moments in time, from droughts, extinctions and changes in agriculture, famine, disease, trade networks and biogeographic change. We shall approach the problems and datasets with a view to using knowledge of the past to understand also present change.

We are inviting papers, which address this issue from any angle: archaeology, text and arts studies, natural sciences…

Call for contributions ends on Friday 26th February 2021, 23:59 CET (EXTENDED DEADLINE).

Proposing an oral or poster contribution can only be done via online submission form available at https://submissions.e-a-a.org/eaa2021/.

Session organisers and the Scientific Committee, the EAA Secretariat will announce accepted contributions before 1st April 2021. Presenters (first authors) then need to settle both payment of membership and AM registration fee before 22nd April 2021, in order to have the contribution added to the scientific programme of the Annual Meeting.

The conference will take part entirely virtual!

Further information on the conference and application procedure: http://www.e-a-a.org/eaa2021/scientificprogramme

Registration for the conference: www.e-a-a.org/eaa2021/registration.

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