GlobalPottery 1st International Congress on Historical Archaeology and Archaeometry for Societies in

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The Cultura Material i Arqueometria UB (ARQUB, GRACPE) research unit at the Universitat de Barcelona, along with the members of the Tecnolonial research project, has the pleasure of inviting you to the GlobalPottery 1st International Congress on Historical Archaeology and Archaeometry for Societies in Contact.


Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, and the second city of Spain. It is located on the Mediterranean coast and therefore has a Mediterranean climate with mild, humid winters. Barcelona is recognized as a Global City due to its importance in finance, commerce, media, entertainment, arts, international trade, education and tourism.

Founded by the Romans, on preexisting Iberian settlements, Barcelona became the capital of the Crown of Aragon and it was one of the most important powers in the Mediterranean during the Medieval and post-Medieval periods. The present city is nowadays a major tourist destination, offering a wide array of cultural attractions, among others the monuments and places of the old capital of the Crown of Aragon or the architectural works of Gaudí, like the Sagrada Família basilica.

The Congress will be held at the Aula Magna of the Facultat de Geografia i Història of the Universitat de Barcelona in January, 25-27, 2012. This recently built venue represents the state-of-the-art on conference rooms, providing with ample seating space and technical resources towards the success of the oral and poster communications, as well as classrooms and computer rooms, where working sessions could take place. The building is located in the historical quarter, in the city centre, and a wide variety of historical, cultural, gastronomical, and leisure opportunities are available within walking distance.

Scope of the Conference

Up to now, there has been an important gap in the scholar community where specialists could discuss and define new trends on the field of ceramic studies in Historical Archaeology for societies in contact. This gap is even more evident considering the limited number of projects embracing archaeological and archaeometrical methodologies that could serve for the development of interdisciplinary based knowledge.

The aim of GlobalPottery is to fill this gap, providing scholars with a specialized international forum that deals with Historical Archaeology ceramic studies, primarily including the so-called topics of Post-Medieval Archaeology and Later Historical Archaeologyor Industrial Archaeology. It is also the aim of GlobalPottery to promote the studies on societies in contact, bearing in mind that the colonization of America and the first World circumnavigation must be considered the beginning of the present Global World.

The Congress will contribute to the promotion of the development of multidisciplinary archaeological and archaeometrical research in order to generate historical knowledge from the extant ceramic record of the Cultural Heritage.


The conference sessions will be classified according to geographic topics, which will be introduced by an invited speaker. Each session will accept oral and poster communications. Poster communications will be scheduled in poster sessions accordingly.

Invited speakers will be chosen following international excellence and visibility criteria, as well as a balance between Archaeology and Archaeometry. According to the impact and nature of the conference, the capacity for attracting international contributors will be amongst the main motivations for their selection.

GlobalPottery aims to create a real space for scholar discussion. In this way, the presence of archaeological materials, archaeometric samples and results is encouraged. The Congress will provide binocular and petrographic microscopes, as well as facilities, for enabling archaeological and archaeometrical observations and discussions by the participants.


Instructions for abstracts submission will be announced. Abstracts will be reviewed by a board of international convenors in order to confirm that they are within the scope of the conference and also to be assigned as oral or poster presentation according to the nature and extent of research, subject and general interest.
The official language of the conference will be English. Exceptions will be considered in a case by case basis.
A peer-reviewed book publication will be published collecting the conference communications.

Key Dates

Deadline for submission of abstracts: July 31, 2011
Notification of acceptance or rejection: mid September 2011
Deadline for registration and payment: November 30, 2011
Sessions: January 25th – 27th, 2012


For further information, please contact:

Samantha G. Ferrer -
Roberta Di Febo -
Cristina P. Barrachina -

Dept. Prehistoria, Historia Antiga i Arqueologia
Universitat de Barcelonat
Montalegre 6 – 08001 Barcelona (Catalonia, Spain)
t. +34 934 037 529 f. +34 934 037 541

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