The 5th International Symposium on Biomolecular Archeology (ISBA5), Beijing, China,2012
Date: 15‐18 August 2012
After highly successful meetings in Amsterdam (2004), Stockholm (2006), York (2008) and Copenhagen (2010), the Fifth International Symposium on Biomolecular Archaeology (ISBA5) will be held in Beijing, 15-18 August 2012. This Symposium aims to highlight progress and new trends in biomolecular archeology to further understand the past.
The local organizing committee, representing the Department of Scientific History and Archaeometry, Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the Center of Archaeological science, Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, invites you to submit abstract(s) that fit within one of more of the sessions described below. Abstracts for oral presentations as well as for poster presentations are welcome. The conference will feature keynote lectures by world-renowned experts that cover an overview of the session themes which will be helpful in creating an environment for promoting discussions.
The second circular will be issued January 2012 and will contain more details on the topics of the Symposium and the submission of abstracts. For more information regarding the Symposium, please visit our website: http://archaeometry.gucas.ac.cn (under construction).
To promote and develop biomolecular archaeology is a discipline within archaeology where molecular biological and (bio) chemical techniques are applied on archaeological remains to answer archaeological questions the following sessions are defined:
1. Food production and consumption
Paleodiet studies do already have a long history in the study of archeological biomolecules. A direct approach, for instance is, to investigate the stable isotope content of human bone collagen. Analysis of residues in pottery can identify the type of food as well as species.
2. Migration and cultural transmission
This session will cover the movement and cultural interaction among human population. In favourable circumstances DNA molecules, can be preserved in sufficient amount and quality to study migration, but also papers using other techniques to study this subject are welcome.
As part of the human – environment relationship, this session will cover the origin of domestication and the disperse of domesticated plants and animals.
4. Diagenesis and preservation
The results of biomolecular analyses are highly dependent on the preservation of archaeological remains. Therefore degradation is widely researched and, especially in the case of bone, also focused on (molecular) niches where biomolecules can be preserved.
5. Bioarchaeology in China (special session)
This session will focus on the development and progress of bioarchaeology researches in China.
This session at the interface of bioarchaeology and medicine focuses on research on the origin and spread of epidemic and pandemic diseases in the past and what we can learn from this research for the future.
7. New approaches and techniques
This session will focus on new methods and techniques applied in bioarchaeology research.
The session will also give room for a few interesting papers which are not covered by the above mentioned subjects.
The language of the Symposium is English.
Details about submitting abstracts for oral and poster presentations will be given in the second circular (January 2012).
Presentations will be limited to 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes discussion.
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 1st,March, 2012
Deadline for notification of acceptance: 1st,June, 2012
Deadline for registration and hotel reservation: 15th, June, 2012
The registration fee is 300 ?, which includes lunches, coffee etc. the welcome reception, the mid-Symposium excursion, the symposium book of abstracts, and so on. They do not include costs for hotel accommodation.
Prof. Henk Kars
Prof. Kerstin Lidén
Prof. Matthew Collins
Prof. Thomas P Gilbert
Prof. Yaowu Hu
Advisors for Local Organizing Committee
Prof. Changsui Wang
Prof. Jing Yuan
Prof. Zhijun Zhao
Prof. Guoding Song
Local Organizing Committee
Dr. Yan Wu &Xue Shang
Dr. Yimin Yang
Prof. Xuelian Zhang
Dr. Hongen Jiang
Dr. Shuzhi Wang
Dr. Jian Zhu
Prof.. Jun Zhang
Dr. Wugan Luo
Dr. Chunyan Zhao