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May 10th - 14th, 2010 Tampa, Florida

The Laboratory of Archaeological Science, Department of Anthropology, University of South Florida has the pleasure of inviting you to the 38th meeting of the International Symposium on Archaeometry.


Tampa is located on the west coast of Florida, which has become the fourth most populated state in the United States. Tampa has a lively and diverse culture and is home to a variety of performance halls, theaters, and museums. In this part of Florida there are many tourist attractions and historical/archaeological sites, including Busch Gardens Theme Park, Disney World, Crystal River Archaeological State Park, Weedon Island Preserve, and some of the top-ranked beaches in the United States.

The Symposium will be held in the Phyllis P. Marshall Center, at the University of South Florida. At the northeastern end of Tampa, USF first opened to students in 1960 as the last Land-Grant University in the United States, on a block of land 1 x 2 miles long. Today the Carnegie Foundation ranks it as one of the nation’s top 63 public research universities, serving more than 46,000 students, including peripheral campuses in St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. Faculty involved in archaeology and archaeometry come from several departments and colleges in the university.

Scope of the Conference

The aim of the Symposium is to promote the development and use of scientific techniques in order to extract archaeological and historical information from the cultural heritage and the paleoenvironment. It involves all Natural Sciences and all types of objects and materials related with human activity.

In general, papers submitted should deal with the development and/or application of scientific techniques for extracting information related to human activities of the past, including the biological nature of man himself and the environment in which he lived.

Abstracts will be reviewed by a board of international convenors 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 extend of research, subject and general interest. Papers that deal with weathering and deterioration of archaeological objects or monuments will be welcome provided they are relevant to one of the main themes of the Symposium. Papers that deal solely with conservation techniques or the development of materials for conservation are outside the scope of this conference and normally will not be accepted.

The subjects covered by the Symposium are grouped into topical fields that form the sessions in which there will be both oral and poster presentations.


The Symposium is composed of several sessions, including a special theme session on isotope analysis of human skeletal remains.

- Field Archaeology (remote sensing and geophysical prospecting, sampling and fieldwalking stragegies, in situ observations of preservation, site monitoring)
- Dating (new developments in dating techniques, novel applications, methods of combining dating strategies, new interpretation strategies, synchronization of cultures, cultural phase analysis)
- Human-Environment Interactions (geoarchaeology, paleoclimate studies, landscape archaeology, environmental reconstructions)
- Bioarchaeology (DNA, human diet, health, mobility, organic residues analysis, zooarchaeology, archaeobotany)
- Technology and Provenance I (stone, pigments, plaster)
- Technology and Provenance II (ceramics, glazes, glass, vitreous materials)
- Technology and Provenance III (metals and metallurgical ceramics)
- Integrated site studies (combination of excavation procedures, scientific studies of materials and environment, and archaeological interpretation)

-  Isotopic Analysis of Human Skeletal Remains


Instructions for submitting abstracts for ISA 2010 are given under the Abstracts section. Titles and abstracts must be submitted using the Abstract Submission Form by e-mail to by December 1, 2009 at the latest. The local organizing committee would, however, appreciate it if those who already plan to participate in ISA 2010 submit their abstract by October 15th, 2009 in order to help us in getting a grant to support the Symposium. The board of convenors is expected to make its decisions in time for submitters to be notified by the second half of January 2010.

The official language of the Symposium will be English.

Social Program
During the Symposium the organizing committee will take the participants on a trip to the Crystal River Archaeological State Park. As usual, a symposium banquet will be held (at additional cost to the participants). The day after the symposium (May 15th, 2010), an excursion will be offered for interested participants (also at additional cost).

Registration Fees

For your information, registration fees including access to all sessions, coffee breaks, five lunches, and a sightseeing tour will be as follows:

Deadline for Presenters: February 1st, 2010
Students (proof of student status is required): $150 US                Non-students: $300 US

It is very important for the organizers to know whether presenters will  be attending or not, to create the program schedule. If this deadline is too early for you to receive funds from your University or Institution, please contact us so that arrangements can be made. Reduced prices are expected to become available for at least some participants from Latin America and other countries. Please inquire.

Deadlines for Other Attendees: March 15th, 2010
Students (proof of student status is required): $150 US                Non-students: $300 US

Non-Presenter Prices-1 or 2 days
Students (proof of student status is required): $35 US per day                Non-students: $70 US per day

Key Dates

Deadline for submission of abstracts: December 1, 2009
Notification of acceptance or rejection: mid January 2010
Deadline for registration and payment: March 15, 2010
Deadline for hotel reservations: March 15th, 2010
Symposium Reception and Registration: May 9th, 2010
Sessions: May 10th - 14th, 2010
Symposium excursion or departure: May 15th, 2010

Martin Aitken Prizes for Best Student Posters

To encourage the active participation of students in the Archaeometry Symposium, the Standing Committee offers two prizes of $200 US each, for the best posters representing the work of students enrolled in programs leading to degrees in science or archaeological science. Students must attend the Symposium to claim their prizes.

Additional Information

The organizers will continue to expand this website in order to provide you with detailed information on possible travel arrangements, hotel reservations, registration, sightseeing, as well as other relevant subjects under the various sub-sections offered on this website.

Liability and Insurance

The organizers of the ISA 2010 meeting do not accept any responsibility for personal injuries, material losses, or damages occuring during or in association with this symposium. It will be the responsibility of the participants to obtain adequate medical, travel or personal insurance for their participation in this event.


For further information, please contact the following persons:

Prof. Robert H. Tykot
Department of Anthropology
University of South Florida
Tampa, FL 33620 USA
tel: (001) 813 974-7279
fax: (001) 813 974-2668

General Information, Registration and Abstract Handling:
ISA 2010 Program Secretary
Department of Anthropology
University of South Florida
Tampa, FL 33620 USA
tel: (001) 813 974-8760
fax: (001) 813 974-2668

Last modification: 3/15/2010

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