The 8th International Conference on Archaeological Prospection and the 7th "colloque de GEOFCAN" will be held from 9 until 12 september 2009 at the "Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers" in Paris, France.
The conference is being organised by the "Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers", the "Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique", the "Université Louis Lumière (Lyon 2)" and the "Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris 6)", to the initiative of the laboratories "Archeorient" (UMR 5133, Maison de l'Orient et de la Méditerranée), "Sisyphe" (UMR 7619) and the "Chaire de Géotechnique" from the CNAM.
The international conference is entitled "Mémoire du sol, Espace des hommes"; it aims to bring together specialists from different academic disciplines interested in the history of human settlement and its impact on the landscape and our environment.
Different scientific communities such as archaeologists, agronomists, geographers, geotechnicians, geophyisicists and geologists specialised in the eart's surface share many interests but rarely have the opportunity to meet each other. This conference will make this possible: the thematic sessions have been planned with the aim of maximising the exchange of knowledge and experience between researchers from various disciplines. The conference intends to offer a global vision of the relationships between the environment and human settlement. Study of the environment is effectively inseparable from a study of an archaeological site: the study of water supply, contriol of natural ressources, soil evolution and landscape history allow us to restore the environmental but also the economic and social context of human occupation.
Oral communications and posters will therefore be treated in the following thematic sessions:
Methods and innovation
Sites and their landscapes
History and evolution of the urban subsoil