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Summer School - Certificate in Archaeological Soil Micromorphology and Phytolith Analysis

The Certificate in Archaeological Soil Micromorphology and Phytolith Analysis builds on the expertise developed by the Research Centre in Archaeology and Heritage at the Université libre de Bruxelles combining micromorphology and phytolith analysis, shedding a new light on archaeological stratigraphy and the identification of human activity.

 
Course content

Programme
The Certificate in Archaeological Soil Micromorphology and Phytolith Analysis is a one-week summer training programme in English organised by the CreA-Patrimoine including preparatory readings, high-quality lectures, intensive microscopy sessions and an on-site visit in the Brussels area. It is divided into two courses:

1. Introduction to archaeological soil micromorphology

  • General introduction to soil micromorphology: concept and principles
  • Introduction to optical soil mineralogy
  • Application of soil micromorphology to archaeology

2. Introduction to phytolith analysis

  • General introduction to phytolith studies: concept and principles
  • Introduction to phytolith studies in archaeological soil thin sections
  • Application of phytolith analysis to archaeology

Learning outcomes
This training programme aims to provide participants with the basic skills required for performing a comprehensive micromorphological study. They will learn:

  • the basic principles of soil micromorphology, optical mineralogy and phytolith studies
  • how to perform microscopic observations on soil thin sections, describe soil thin sections and interpret their observations
  • how to integrate their data within the larger framework of geoarchaeological studies.

Selected participants will receive a list of required preparatory readings. The final assessment will take place at the end of the week. It will be based on image analysis and the description and interpretation of a soil thin section.

Course leaders
Yannick Devos, Researcher, CreA-Patrimoine
Luc Vrydaghs, Researcher, CreA-Patrimoine
Nadine Mattielli, Professor, Laboratoire G-Time

Target audience

This programme is designed for graduate students, PhD students, researchers in archeology, history, art history, geology, agronomy, anthropology and for professionals in archaeology. It is accessible to candidates holding a bachelor degree or through recognition of prior learning.

Participants are expected to have a sufficient command of English to follow classes and interact.

Practical information

Dates
Classes will start on Monday 5 August at 9am and end on Saturday 10 August 2019 at 2pm.

Location
Solbosch Campus, Université libre de Bruxelles.

Credits
Participants will receive 10 credits upon successful completion of the programme.

Accommodation
Housing can be arranged in a student house on campus from 4 August to 10 August 2019 (6 nights). For more information, please contact summerschool@ulb.be.

Fees
Excluding accommodation: €500 (tuition, coffee breaks).
Including accommodation: €735 (tuition, coffee breaks & accommodation on campus)see above.

Cancellation policy
Participants who wish to cancel their registration must send an email to summerschool@ulb.ac.be.
Cancellation more than 7 days before the start of the programme: a non-refundable administrative €250 fee will apply.
Cancellation less than 7 days before the start of the programme: no refund. In any case, travel costs, visa costs and any other cost will not be refunded.

If the number of applicants is too low or too high, the organisers reserve the right to cancel the programme or to open waiting lists. If the programme is cancelled by the organisers, the registration fee will be refunded in full.
In any case, travel costs, visa costs and any other cost will not be refunded.

Contact
For any question, please contact us at summerschool@ulb.ac.be.

Application

Applications are now closed.

                  
Updated on April 25, 2019