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Abstracts should have a length of between 200 and 400 words. They should contain: A brief description of the archaeological problem and the materials or objects under study, a description of the research goals, the techniques used and the results obtained so far, including a short interpretation. The above information is necessary in order to help convenors to understand the work involved and to select the papers for oral or poster presentations.

We welcome abstracts addressing the designated sessions especially those that illustrate successfully interdisciplinary collaborations and clear definition of archaeological and technical problems. In general, papers should deal with the development and/or application of scientific techniques and integrated methodologies (scientific, humanistic, ethnographic) for extracting information related to human activities of the past, including the biological nature of man and the environment in which he lived.

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 and provided they involve integrated studies combining Archaeometry, Archaeology and Conservation Science leading to a better preservation and management of the cultural heritage. 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.

To submit your abstract, please fill in the enclosed form and return it to us by e-mail to gliozzo@unisi.it ultimately by December 15th, 2007

ABSTRACT FORM (click here to download the form)

Selection between Oral and Poster presentation:

The selection by the convenors of a paper for oral or poster presentation is not based only on the quality of scientific work but rather on how extensive and complete is a certain work and how wide is the specialization of the audience to whom it may be appealing. Preference for oral presentation will be given to papers that involve: 1) Intergraded and multi-disciplinary approaches involving archaeologists, 2) Description of a well defined archaeological or environmental problem and its solution or attempt to solve it, 3) Results concerning large geographic areas or periods in antiquity and 4) Presentation of new, well defined and well documented advances to methodologies.

The Posters are the highlight of the Symposium.
• They always generate more discussion, as there is more time of contact between authors and participants.
• They are placed in a spacious and adequately lighted room.
• The poster boards are big enough and placed at a reasonable distance from each other, so each one has its own dignity.
• The coffee is served in the poster room so participants are always in contact with the posters.
• Two and a half hours in each of the two poster sessions are dedicated to the posters during which no other event is taking place. Apart from the special poster sessions, the posters of each session are on display for two days continuously.
• The program for the posters is released exactly at the same time as the oral and printed with exactly the same layout as the oral.
• There is absolutely no differentiation between poster and oral papers as regards the publication of the proceedings.
• There are special prizes for the best student posters.