An innovation this year was the ISA Gazette, a daily publication with news on the coming day’s lectures, events and an interview with an established researcher. It was well received and I hope to see it again next conference.
We, at #ISA2012Leuven are having a fab conference and hope that you are too. We have had an amazing range of speakers.
The ceramics sessions, which have had their own day in the past, were spread out over two days with sessions on both Thursday and Friday. The Glass sessions were also spread over the two days, which lead to a bit of a disjointed feel to the days.
Ceramics & glass are topics today at #ISA2012Leuven #Archaeometry conference – lots of interesting research. Follow @RuthFT’s live-tweeting!
Christina was talking about using strontium as a disambiguation element, and whilst I don’t know that much about strontium isotopic studies, it’s been clear over this ISA 2012 and 2010 that isotopic analysis is a big deal in archaeometry at the moment.
Makarona has a really good presentation style. She’s part of the NARNIA project #Isa2012Leuven
Anno was trying to build up a body of evidence on the breakage qualities of pottery in order to comment on archaeological evidence of damage to amphora, presumably to try and discuss how any were broken in transit, storage, etc.
Yay, first donkey picture of the week! #Isa2012Leuven
In tis paper Marino talked about the establishment of a faience factory and how analysis of the wares supported the idea that the director of the factory was far more experienced with painting and glazes than with production of the actual pottery.
I personally love the idea of an Abbot-Prince (founder of faience factory), what a contradiction! #Isa2012Leuven
After lunch there was an hour-long poster session. Unfortunately there was not much room in the space assigned for posters and things were a little cramped, making it difficult to get round and see the large numbers of posters on display.
RT @RuthFT: We are embarking on poster session 2 here at #Isa2012Leuven : afternoon sessions pick up at 3pm.
There were two posters using QR codes allowing people to download copies of their posters. Whilst I have mixed feelings about QR codes themselves, it was great to be able to download the poster and read it somewhere quiet away from the buzz of the hall. A few people remarked on twitter of the value of being able to read the poster and interact with the conference despite being hundreds of miles away. If you’re happy to share your work, it’s definately worth making your poster downloadable – whether using a normal web link or QR code.
An hour goes by very quickly when trying to battle queues and find time to talk to people. There were no calls made to indicate the start of the next session though, so people often turned up late to the first session after the posters and coffee breaks.
First paper of afternoon at #Isa2012Leuven is Esme Hammerle etal Sr isotopes in ancient Egyptian faience: she also presented at #exparch6 |R
#Exparch6 refers to the 6th Experimental Archaeology Conference UK, a conference series which runs annually in January and encompasses all experimental archaeological work, from scientific work like Esme’s to experiential and replication work.
Just presented at #ISA2012Leuven: “Technological change or consistency: Strontium isotope analysis of Egyptian faience beads”
Katherine presented a paper for which Marc Walton was first author (hence the confusion), which challenged some of the current established thought on the trade in cobalt colourants during the Late Bronze Age. Cobalt is important because it gives a very deep, attractive blue colour in glasses, glazes and enamels which cannot be replicated by other colourants.
Visually these near eastern blue glasses emulate lapis lazuli, possibly made on small scale #Isa2012Leuven
Dieter and his colleagues presented a number of analyses of beach sands around the northern Mediterranean, which may help narrowing down the centre(s) of Roman period glassmaking. There were also a number of posters on related work from other members of this research group.
Last before coffee: Monica Ganio etal on characterising Roman glass between west, central and eastern regions #Isa2012Leuven
Yona argued that the decorative elements that typologies are often built on are actually less important for grouping and discussing the archaeological meaning of these pieces in distinguishing ceramics than the evidence for where they were made, what they were made of and what period they were made in.
Last paper of the day is Carmen Ting talking about how elite ceramic production continued after the Maya ‘collapse’ #ISA2012Leuven
The Conference Dinner was absolutely fantastic. It was held in what I believe was the old academic faculty club for Leuven University, a beautiful set of halls which had recently been decorated to a very high level. The evening began with canapes and drinks in the gardens before sitting inside for a three course meal that included some excellent food and wine. I think everyone was quite impressed with the standard of the dinner, and we were really glad we had chosen to go.