Workshops on various topics and issues will be running parallel to the panel sessions. They focus primarily on methods and practical applications in archeology and take place at the Akademisches Kunstmuseum (AKM) towards the University Main Building.

Practical information is available here.

List of workshops

WS 1: Werke und Wirkmacht


Dietrich Boschung (Universität zu Köln)

Day and Time:

Wednesday | 23 May | 09:00-11:00

In einem kürzlich erschienen Buch* wurde mit archäologischen Fallstudien erläutert, wie Artefakte einerseits intellektuelle Leistungen wiedergeben, sie dabei aber grundlegend verändern. Das gilt für Texte ebenso wie für Bildwerke aller Art, Architektur oder Rituale. Gerade die langfristig und konsequent betriebenen Projekte der Klassischen Archäologie zur Erschließung und Ordnung antiker Objekte stellen dafür ein reiches Grundlagenmaterial zur Verfügung. Auf dieser Basis konnte exemplarisch aufgezeigt werden, wie Zeitvorstellungen und religiöse Erwartungen, astronomisches oder historisches Wissen, politische und soziale Ansprüche in anschaulichen, damit auch suggestiven Werken eine Form finden, die sie wirksam und dauerhaft machen kann.
Die dabei besprochenen Aspekte und die erzielten Ergebnisse sind weit über die Archäologie hinaus wichtig. Sie sollen daher in dem Workshop nicht nur von Archäologen, sondern auch aus einer medientheoretischen Sicht und aus einer ethnologischen Perspektive besprochen werden. Ihre Teilnahme bereits zugesagt haben Hans-Peter Hahn (Ethnologie, Universität Frankfurt), Ludwig Jäger (Medienwissenschaften, Universität Aachen) und Katharina Lorenz (Klassische Archäologie, University of Notthingham).

* Dietrich Boschung, Werke und Wirkmacht. Morphomatisch Reflexionen zur archäologischen Fallstudien. Paderborn 2017.

WS 2: Insula by insula: valorising the old excavations. The Pompeii case


Antonella Coralini (University of Bologna)

Day and Time:

Wednesday | 23 May | 14:30-16:30

So universally known as little analytically studied: this is still today the situation of one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world, Pompei.
Result of a long excavation history, officially started in 1748 and still ongoing, the archaeological site of Pompei consists of buildings recovered by no stratigraphic works, often carried out roughly, with great loss of data.
Today, most of the buildings are unpublished, waiting for a detailed study giving voice to all evidence survived the eruption and the modern recovery.
Attempts made towards for a complete edition are wery few and mostly limited to a single building, such as for the Hauser in Pompeji project, that since the 80s published twelve houses.
In general, the main trend focused on cross studies, on specified topics, such as on the arcaic Pompeii, realized by the Regio VI Project.
The systematic and complete study of a whole insula is very rare, even if the most appropriate for a urban scale study.
Only exceptions, the insula I 10 (so called del Menandro) and the insula IX 8 (del Centenario).
For these insulae it was demonstrated how a punctual analysis of material evidence and the data recovery of old excavations can enhance the value of Pompeii as archaeological site.
The purpose of the workshop is to analyze the steps of this process, with the insula IX 8 of Pompei as case study.

WS 3: Isotope analysis in Classical Archaeology


Ricardo Fernandes (Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History)

Day and Time:

Thursday | 24 May | 09:00-11:00

Isotope analysis of organic remains is a powerful tool in the study of past human lifeways (e.g. diet, nutrition, mobility), environments (e.g. climate), and agricultural management practices (e.g. irrigation). In spite of this huge information potential isotope analysis remains comparatively underutilized within Classical Archaeology. To address this situation the workshop will provide an introduction to archaeological applications of isotope analysis. The workshop will follow an interactive approach and no previous specialized knowledge is required to attend. Topics to be discussed consist of a mix of standard applications and novel methods with great research potential. These will include:

- Standard reconstruction of human dietary intakes using carbon and nitrogen stable isotopes
- Reconstruction of breastfeeding and weaning practices using carbon and nitrogen stable isotopes
- Reconstruction of past climates and irrigation practices from stable carbon isotope analysis of plant remains
- Reconstruction of mobility of humans and animals using oxygen and strontium isotopes
- Sample pre-treatment, lab procedures, and assessing measurement quality
- Relationship among diets, stable isotope analysis, and radiocarbon dating
- Quantifying diets using Bayesian mixing models (FRUITS)
- Isotopic baselines and databases (e.g. IsoArcH, IsoMemo)
- Advanced diet and nutrition reconstruction through isotope analysis of single amino acids

WS 4: Ontology-based data access (OBDA) for classical archaeological and historical data: the EPNET experience


Alessandro Mosca (SIRIS Academic)

Day and Time:

Thursday | 24 May | 14:30-16:30

Semantic Web technologies are rapidly changing historical research and research in humanities. Over the last decades, an immense amount of new quantifiable data have been accumulated, and made available in interchangeable formats, opening up new possibilities for solving old questions and posing new ones. Historians are starting to use new digital sources to aggregate information about history: collections of data, information, and knowledge that are devoted to the preservation of the legacy of tangible and intangible culture inherited from previous generations. The workshop aims at discussing the results obtained in the EPNet Project (“Production and distribution of food during the Roman Empire: Economics and Political Dynamics”, ERC-2013) on providing historians with computational tools to compare, aggregate, measure, geo-localise, and search data about Latin and Greek epigraphy on amphoras for food transportation, and it will cover: (i) a theoretical-oriented section introducing the usage of the OBDA paradigm (Ontology-Based Data Access and Integration) in the context of the historical research; (ii) the EPNet integration effort, and the OBDA implementation; (iii) a demo section based on examples of SPARQL-based querying over the EPNet dataset; (iv) an introduction on the interactive, web-based interface for data exploration, providing non-technical users the means to easily access multi-dimensional, heterogenous datasets, for research hypotheses testing and validation.

WS 5: ArchAIDE - Archaeological Automatic Interpretation and Documentation of cEramics


Michael Remmy (University of Cologne) and Gabrielle Gattiglia (University of Pisa)

Day and Time:

Friday | 25 May | 09:00-13:30

ArchAIDE is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and aims to create a new system for the automatic recognition of archaeological pottery from excavations around the world. The ArchAIDE project will develop a new app that aims to change the global practice of archaeology, thanks to the latest automatic image recognition technology.

Pottery is of fundamental importance for the comprehension and dating of archaeological contexts, and for understanding the dynamics of production, trade flows, and social interactions.
Today, this characterisation and classification of ceramics is carried out manually, through the expertise of specialists and the use of analogue catalogues held in archives and libraries.
The goal of ArchAIDE is to optimise and economise this process, making knowledge accessible wherever archaeologists are working.
ArchAIDE will support the classification and interpretation work of archaeologists (during both fieldwork and post-excavation analysis) with an innovative app designed for tablets and smartphones, designed to be an essential tool for archaeologists. Pottery fragments will be photographed, their characteristics sent to a comparative collection, which activates the automatic object recognition system, resulting in a response with all relevant information linked, and ultimately stored, within a database that allows each new discovery to be shared online.