Alsace trip – 2

Emmanuelle spent another week in Alsace. She went to Strasbourg and met with collaborators at the palais Rohan, MISHA and INRAP to  collect more samples and archaeological reports of interest for her project.

This time she also went to Mulhouse. She was received by Lionel Pinero, collection manager at the Musée historique de Mulhouse. He kindly opened the external reserve of the Museum located in the basement of the crematorium to sample one LBK site from the Haute-Alsace.

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Emmanuelle had the nice surprise to have snow the day she went to visit the Musée historique de Mulhouse.

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The museum has an exibition intitled “Trésors d’archéologie” were they  few LBK objects excavated in the region are displayed.

Big NeoMilk meeting in Exeter

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Emmanuelle is getting ready to present her results to the NeoMilk team (photo courtesy of Emily).

Alan Outram and Emily Johnson organised a great meeting for the NeoMilk team last week at the University of Exeter.

The meeting, initially proposed as a ‘Team Bone’ meeting by zooarchaeologist Roz Gillis, quickly snowballed and became one of the most complete whole-team meetings of the project, with a total of 15 team members in attendance.

The delegates came from all over Europe, from the Universities of Exeter, Bristol, UCL and Poznan, and from the CNRS-Muséum Nationale d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris. The meeting was a great chance to see how various parts of our multi-facetted project were progressing, with 10 of the 15 delegates presenting data.

In all, the day was a great success, ending with a delightful project meal and a drink with the skeleton in the Wells House Tavern.

NeoMilk at TAG Bradford 2015

The NeoMilk project was the subject of a presentation given by Roz Gillis at the annual Theoretical Archaeological group conference in Bradford. She was advocating Environmental archaeology/Interdisciplinary scientific approaches have an important role in the development of social archaeological theory. It was presented in the session for “Humming with cross fire and short on cover…”? Revisiting and reflecting on Environmental Archaeology: Meaning and Purpose. The session organisers: Ben Gearey, Suzi Richer, Seren Griffiths and Michelle Farrell hosted a lively and stimulating debate.

Visit from Jason West, pioneer of the “isoscape” framework

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Jason West at the University of Bristol. Picture courtesy of Cat Jarman (who co-organised the event with Julie Dunne).

 

On Friday, the Organic Geochemistry Unit and the Cabot Institute were welcoming Jason West.

Jason is Professor of Ecosystem Ecology at Texas A&M University and also co-director of the Stable Isotopes for Biosphere Science laboratory. He has pioneered the use of “isoscapes” (from isotope landscape) as an organizing framework, which includes gathering and using spatially explicit isotope data, isotope mapping and multidisciplinary applications of isoscapes. This is a really exciting new field, which is now being applied in a range of diverse disciplines including ecology, hydrology, biology, biogeochemistry, anthropology, geography and forensics.

Jason gave a lecture and ran a workshop about isoscapes and their applications, which were particularly relevant for the NeoMilk project. Members of the NeoMilk team from Bristol as well as Adrian (who came especially from London) were delighted to meet Jason.

Thank you for coming and giving this inspiring talk!

 

Spreading the word in Slovenia

Ljubljana in warm November sun

Ljubljana in warm November sun

In November, Jessica was invited to present at the annual Neolithic Seminar organised by Professor Mihael Budja of the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. A very successful and lively event, now in its 22nd year, the seminar provided a great opportunity to update colleagues on the progress of the NeoMilk project. The theme this year was ‘Modelling the Processes of Neolithisation‘ and brought together geneticists, computer modellers and archaeologists. There was plenty to discuss on the spread of dairying and its importance in Neolithic society, made all the nicer by some pretty stunning November weather!

Last NeoMilk mission for Roz in Poing, Munich

My last mission for NeoMilk and I was filled with great hope to study some well- preserved sites from Bavaria. My list included the site of Langenreichen which was a single house occupied for two generations. However, given the acidic soil types in this region the material was not very abudant! In fact the single house could fit into a mobile phone box. It took me three days to study three sites and look through the boxes for another site which has no teeth to record. The other two sites I did study were Wickenpoint and Stephansposching, two very different sites with interesting results. Thank you to Britte, Dr. Henriette Obermaier and Prof. Joachim Pechtl for all their help and kindness in Poing.

Air France CGD terminal roof

Air France CDG terminal roof

Wickenpoint

Wickenpoint

Last night in Poing

Last night in Poing

 

 

Welcome to Isabel!

Picture_IWIsabel Wiltshire is joining the NeoMilk team for a year. She is a MSci student at the School of Chemistry of the University of Bristol.

She will be working with Melanie and Jess on potsherds from Hungary. Welcome to the team!

Jess samples the Bavarian LBK

In mid-October (wisely waiting for the Oktoberfest celebrations to wind down first), Jessica visited Munich to sample four Bavarian LBK sites: Schwanfeld, Dillingen-Steinheim, Langenreichen Am Burgholz, and Stephansposching. Pottery from these sites is curated by several different local authorities – in Munich, Augsburg and Deggendorf – and staff from all of of these institutions provided invaluable help (and refreshments!) when needed. LBK pottery expert Dr Joachim Pechtl was also on hand throughout the visit, guiding selection of the NeoMilk samples, which came to over 200 potsherds in the end. Not bad for three days intensive sampling!

Jessica and Joachim Pechtl sampling at the Landratsamt Augsburg

Jessica and Joachim Pechtl sampling at the Landratsamt Augsburg

Sampling pottery from Schwanfeld at the Archäologische Staatssammlung, Munich

Sampling pottery from Schwanfeld at the Archäologische Staatssammlung, Munich

Alsace trip

Emmanuelle went back to Alsace for a week in October. This time she met with Bernadette Schnitzler, curator at the Palais Rohan, who opened the stores of the Museum for the selection of potsherds from 3 Neolithic sites from the Alsace region needed for her project.

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The Palais Rohan in the center of the city holds the Archaeological Museum and the Decorative Art Museum. On the right side are the stores where Emmanuelle selected the sherds relevant to the project.

She also went to the INRAP to meet with Philippe Lefranc where they exchanged results and ideas for the future of the project. Emmanuelle also sampled sherds from another LBK site from Basse-Alsace with the help of Delphine Minni .

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Philippe and Emmanuelle at the INRAP looking at the pottery assemblage from Rosheim.

At the end of her stay Emmanuelle presented the NeoMilk project and her preliminary results to Christian Jeunesse and some students in archaeology at the Maison Interuniversitaire des Sciences de l’Homme – Alsace,  University of Strasbourg.

She is now back in Bristol with 200 sherds waiting to be analysed !

EAA 2015 in Glasgow

Jess and Roz in action! (photo kindly snapped by David.)

Jess and Roz in action! (photo kindly snapped by David.)

Jess, Roz, Emily and David travelled to Glasgow at the weekend to participate in the 21st Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists, held at the University of Glasgow. Jess and Roz presented an overview of the NeoMilk project, along with preliminary results, in the ‘From Isoscapes to Farmscapes‘ session, organised by Ingrid Mainland (University of the Highlands and Islands), Philippa Ascough (SUERC), Anthony Newton (University of Edinburgh), and Marie Balasse (Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris). We chose as our ‘farmscape’ focus the LBK site of Ludwinowo 7, in northern Poland, weaving together the results of all of our different analyses. It’s great to see bigger pictures starting to emerge!