Lisette Kootker informs us of the “3rd Symposium on Preserving Archaeological Remains in situ”:
In December 2006 the Institute for Geo- and Bioarchaeology organises the 3rd Symposium on Preserving Archaeological Remains in situ (PARIS3).
Preserving Archaeological Remains in situ is emerging as a new discipline in archaeology since the Valletta treaty calls for “the conservation and maintenance of the archaeological heritage, preferably in situ”. This means that archaeological sites should be actively taken care of, instead of being left to the burial environment as it happens to be. As soon as one starts to actively take care of an archaeological site, questions arise, such as: i) How fast do archaeological materials and soil features degrade in the soil environment and ii) Which measures can we take in order to promote the sustainable preservation of archaeological sites? In the past two decades, it has become clear that the questions above, and many related questions, cannot be answered easily. Research into preservation in situ started in Great-Britain and many results were presented during the first two PARIS symposia, organised by English Heritage, the University of Bradford and the Museum of London Archaeology Service. Following the spread of research into the subject over Europe, PARIS will jump from London to Amsterdam in December 2006. For more information contact the organisers, email firstname.lastname@example.org, web www.falw.vu.nl/paris.
Many thanks in advance, and I hope to welcome several members of the European Association of Archaeologist in Amsterdam in December 2006.
Institute for Geo- and Bioarchaeology
Member of the Organising Committee