Call for participation in the 7th International Scientific Conference on Mediaeval Archaeology organized by the Institute of Archaeology, Zagreb, Croatia
06/03/2020 — 06/06/2020
Secrets of iron - from raw material to an iron object
We are kindly inviting you to take part in the 7th International Scientific Conference on Mediaeval Archaeology entitled Secrets of iron - from raw material to an iron object jointly organized by the Institute of Archaeology and the Archaeological Museum in Zagreb, which will be held at the Museum between 3rd and 6th of June 2020.
With this scientific conference we wish to gain a deeper understanding of the technology of production of iron and iron objects and the development, distribution and transfer of knowledge and technologies over a long period of time in a wide geographical area. Gathering of scholars and experts from different disciplines is expected in order to support the discussion from multiple sources (archeological, historical, geological, geophysical, chemical). Contributions on recently excavated sites with metallurgical activity, results of analyses of raw materials, metallurgical residues/wastes and iron objects as well as results of archaeological experiments are welcome. We also want the conference to promote an active dialogue between experts involved in the study of various processes in the manufacture and processing of iron, from raw materials to finished products in different periods, from Prehistory, through Antiquity, the Middle Ages and up to the Modern period.
In that sense, we are interested in:
• non-invasive research methods: identification of sites associated with iron production and/or processing based on aerial imaging, reconnaissance, geophysical methods; natural landscape prerequisites / conditionality
• raw materials: ores (characteristics, deposits, exploitation, preparation); other resources (clay, water, wood)
• furnaces: furnace design and functional characteristics (smelting, reheating, smithing)
• workshops: organization of smelting and/or blacksmith’s workshops
• analytical methods: mineralogical and chemical analyses of soil, ores, slag, iron; metallographic analyses of iron objects
• experimental archaeology: smelting, processing, fabrication and use of iron objects
• use, distribution, exchange of technology and goods over a long period of time in a wider geographical area
Conference languages are English and Croatian. Lecturers in the Croatian language are kindly asked to prepare the presentation in English.
Conference fee is 30 EUR and covers: the Book of Abstracts and other conference materials, refreshments during the breaks. The fee does not cover travel and accommodation costs of conference participants.
After the conference, on Friday and Saturday, 5th and 6th of June 2020, a visit to the Andautonia Archaeological Park in Ščitarjevo near Zagreb is planned, where experimental smelting of iron ore will take place within the 4th Festival of Experimental Archaeology during the popular event Andautonia Days, organized by the Archeological Museum in Zagreb and the Center for Experimental Archaeology. Please indicate your interest in the tour as well as your participation in the experiment so that we can plan the course of events and provide further information regarding experimental smelting.
Papers from the conference will be published in a separate volume Zbornik Instituta za arheologiju / Serta Instituti Archaeologici. Please hand in the manuscripts in English no later than 15th of November 2020. All texts are subject to a peer-review procedure and are to be published until the end of 2021. The instructions for the preparation of the manuscript and the citation style are the same as those of journal Prilozi Instituta za arheologiju u Zagrebu and are available at:
Feel free to contact us if you have any additional questions.
We are looking forward to your participation!
With kind regards,
Dr. Tajana Sekelj Ivančan, Scientific Advisor – Second Appointment (permanent position)