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A Workshop on Understanding Wetland Palaeoecology/ Environmental Archaeology and Integrated Microscopy Approaches in Archaeobotany

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Introduction

The PGIAR is planning to organize a workshop on understanding wetland palaeoecology/ environmental archaeology and integrated microscopy approaches in archaeobotany on 13th  – 14th of December, 2018. This workshop will include lectures, discussions, and demonstrations on microscopic observations on the materials collected from the Horton Plains, Muthurajawella wetlands/Negombo Lagoon and Wilpattu. The workshop will be conducted by a team comprising of Dr. R. Premathilake from the PGIAR and Prof. C. O. Hunt, Professor of Cultural Palaeoecology, School of Natural Science and Psychology, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, Editor, the Journal of Archaeological Science-Report and Editorial Board Member, Journal of Archaeological Science. The objective of this workshop will be to understand the importance of wetland palaeoecology and sampling strategies used in environmental archaeology, e.g., understanding palaeo-climate, palaeo-vegetation, and human activities in the past. The lectures will be conducted in English and at the end of each lecture a summary will be given in Sinhala.

The targeted groups are final year archaeology special students,  recent archaeology graduates, and  Botany and Geology graduates who are interested in Environmental Archaeology.

Please register using the following registration form. Please scroll down for schedule.

 

Registration Form

    Institutional Affiliation:(University students should be final year students of the Special Degree Programme in Archaeology)

    Educational Level

     

    Schedule

    13th December 2018
    Start time 9.00 am
    9.00-9.15 ARRIVAL OF PARTICIPANTS  AND WELCOME ADDRESS

    Dr. T. R. Premathilake

    9.15-10.15 Keynote Lecture: Multi-method investigations of environmental change and human impact in the Tropics: lessons from Southeast Asia

    Prof. C. O. Hunt

    10.15-10.30 Discussion
    10.30-10.45 TEA
    10.45-11.15 Introduction to environmental archaeology of Sri Lanka

    Dr. S. U. Deraniyagala

    11.15-12.00 Experience on faunal remain analysis from citadel excavation in Anuradhapura

    Prof.  R. M. M. Chandraratne  

    12.00-1.15 LUNCH
    1.15-2.00 Progress on environmental archaeology research in Sri Lanka

    Dr. T. R. Premathilake

    2.00-2.30 Micro-charcoal and pollen proxy inferred environmental changes during the mid-late Holocene from the Horton Plains Central Sri Lanka

    Mrs. Nuvanprabha Kapugeekiyana Whittall (M. Sc)

    2.30-3.00 Understanding phytolith Taphonomy on archaeological context:  a case study from Fahien Rockshelter

    Mrs. Sewwandhi  Gunawardena  (M. Sc)

    3.00-3.15 TEA
    3.15-3.45 Palaeo-environmental records from Rockshelters in Sri Lanka

    Dr. Nimal Perera

    3.45-4.00 Final Discussion
    14th December 2018
    Start time 9.00 am
    9.00-9.30 Introduction to integrated microscopy approaches in archaeo-botany

    Dr. T. R. Premathilake

    9.30-10.30 A Video: on sample collection procedures  in Muthurajawella wetland

    (1)  Stratigraphical coring

    (2)  Understanding litho-, bio- and chrono-stratigraphy

    (3)  Sampling and Sub-samplings

    (4)  Laboratory protocols

    Prof. C. O. Hunt and Dr. T. R. Premathilake

    10.30-10.45 TEA
    10.45-12.15 Demonstration: microscope session for modern pollen/spores and fossil pollen, NPP and phytoliths

    Prof. C. O. Hunt

    Dr. T. R. Premathilake

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    Discussion

    12.15-1.15 LUNCH
    1.15-2.30 Understanding issues related to micro fossil taphonomy (e.g. pollen, phytolith, NPP and micro-charcoal)

    Prof. C. O. Hunt

    2.30-2.45 TEA
    2.45-3.15 Presenting microscopic data and final discussion on archaeo-botany

    Prof. C. O. Hunt and Dr. T. R. Premathilake

    3.00-4.00 Poster presentation by Master Students
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    5 COMMENTS

    1. Just a quick question. This form looks like this workshop is organised only for Archaeology graduates and final year undergraduate students. What about other postgraduate students? The researchers from fields like botany or geology who are interested in archaeology?

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