New scientific data sometimes give unexpected results. The energy, and synergy, that is created when scientific data clash with archaeological convention can be transformed into new questions and insights.
Inter-disciplinary studies have the potential to develop new knowledge of past societies and lived lives. The question is, are we there yet? This conference provide a fora for further discussions on the interdisciplinarity that archaeological science and interpretations entails.
The conference will be organised by the Museum of Archaeology, University of Stavanger 21. - 23. of january 2019. The venue will be the premises of the Museum of Archaeology, Stavanger, Norway.
The purpose of the SMIA-conference is to bring together archaeologists and scientists to discuss new methodologies, techniques, and theories for scientific research in archaeology. Furthermore, its aim is to disseminate knowledge and to develop cooperation between researchers in different fields and from different countries.
About Nordic SMIA
The first Nordic Conference on the Application of Scientific Methods in Archaeology was arranged at the initiative of scientists in Stockholm in 1978, and a Nordic scientific committee for the conference was founded. The conference was in the following arranged triennially in 1978–1996. After the dissolving of the Nordic committee, the conference has been arranged irregularly; in Umeå (2001), Trondheim (2007), Esbjerg (2012), Helsinki (2015), and Århus (2016). The name SMIA (Scientific Methods in Archaeology) was first used in 2001.
In Finland 2015, a Nordic committee for the SMIA was re-established with an objective to re-claim the conference’s position as a major node in the field of scientific methods in archaeology. The current committee consists of the following members: Felix Riede (Aarhus, Denmark), Laura Arppe (Helsinki, Finland), Kerstin Lidén (Stockholm, Sweden), Wolfgang Neubauer (Vienna, Austria), Kristiina Mannermaa (Helsinki, Finland), Hege Hollund (Stavanger, Norway), Per Persson (Oslo, Norway).
In 2019 it is the research groups BEAM (leader: Hege I. Hollund) and ICORE (leader: Astrid J. Nyland) at the Archaeological museum, University of Stavanger, in collaboration with The Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo (Per Persson) that will host the conference.
Previous publications from SMIA
Since the conference started, six proceedings have been published:
1977 Proceedings of the Nordic Conference on Thermoluminescence Dating and Other Archaeometric Methods held at Uppsala University, Sweden, 25-26 November 1976. Risø National Laboratory: Roskilde.
1982 PACT 7 (Journal of the European Study Group on Physical, Chemical and Mathematical Techniques Applied to Archaeology), I-II
1985 Proceedings of the third Nordic Conference on the Application of Scientific Methods in Archaeology. Mariehamn, Åland, Finland 8-11 October 1984 (eds. Edgren, T. & Jugner, H.) Iskos 5. Finska förnminnesforeningen: Helsinki
1990 Norwegian Archaeological Review, vol. 23, nr. 1-2
1991 Laborativ Arkeologi 5, Arkeologiske Rapporter nr. 1. (Ed. B.Arrhenius). Arkeologiska Forskningslaboratoriet Stockholms universitet: Stockholm.
1997 Proceedings of the VII Nordic Conference on the Application of Scientific Methods in Archaeology, Savonlinna, Finland, 7-11 September 1996. Iskos 11. (eds. Edgren, t., Jungner, H. & Lavento, M.). Suomen muinaismuistoyhdisty: Helsinki