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An interdisciplinary symposium on taphonomic research in archaeology, forensic science and palaeontology


Taphonomy is the science of post-mortem processes. Originally defined by the palaeontologist Efremov as the “transition of organic remains from the biosphere to the lithosphere” the discipline has had significant impact on the geosciences, prehistoric archaeology, and latterly forensic science. Taphos-Nomos 2018 will be held within the School of Forensic and Applied Sciences at the University of Central Lancashire; it is an interdisciplinary meeting that covers a wide range of topics under the scientific umbrella of taphonomy, with the aim of showcasing current trends and research directions.

Submissions are invited from any area of taphonomic research including archaeological, forensic and palaeontological applications. Subjects might include:
  • Palaeobiology and taphonomy
  • Extremes of preservation
  • Taphonomy of trauma
  • Funerary-taphonomy and site formation processes
  • Sub-aerial and sub-surface processes
  • Post-mortem interval estimation
  • Biochemistry of post-mortem processes
  • New methods of experimentation and analysis

The meeting will comprise keynotes, oral & poster presentations, a round table discussion on future directions in taphonomy, and hands-on workshops. We strongly encourage submission of student research papers.

Abstract Submission is now open and papers can be submitted at https://taphonomyuclan.wordpress.com/abstract-submission/

Registration for the symposium includes attendance and a delegate pack, refreshments, social reception on Friday, and lunch on Saturday. Delegate rates for the symposium are:

  • Students/unwaged £40
  • Waged £60


Workshops

There will be three FULL DAY concurrent hands-on workshops on Sunday (places are strictly limited because of laboratory space and equipment). Each workshop will cost £30 and includes lunch and refreshments. Delegates can choose from ONE workshop only. The workshops offered comprise:

  • The early-decomposition process and Post-Mortem Interval Estimation
    • This full-day workshop will explain the process of decomposition from the cessation of life to skeletonisation, covering autolytic, putrefactive and insect-mediated change. Details of key post-mortem biochemical pathways and microbiological processes are explored, along with the effect of deposition environment on their progression. It will provide a comprehensive review of post-mortem interval (PMI) estimation techniques related to both early and late stage decomposition, exploring the factors that influence the use and reliability of these methods in practice. Reference to current research will be a theme throughput. The practical element will provide hands on experience of estimating PMI in a mock case utilising different PMI estimation methods, culminating in a critical discussion surrounding the final PMI estimation assigned for this case. Limited to 40 participants.
  • Forensic trauma analysis
    • This full-day workshop will cover the production, recording and analysis of major types of skeletal trauma from a forensic perspective. Attendees will be introduced to: differentiation of ante-, peri- and post-mortem stages of bone failure; principles of biomechanics; the trauma continuum – blunt, sharp, hacking, ballistic and burning trauma; actualistic experimental production of blunt, sharp and hacking trauma; microscopy and methods of analysis. Limited to 20 participants.
  • 3D scanning and methods of virtual taphonomy
    • This full-day workshop will introduce attendees to the principles of 3D scanning and visualisation applied to taphonomic traces. The workshop will introduce technology and assumptions behind methods of surface and volume capture, including; computed and synchrotron tomography; surface laser scanning; structured light scanning; photogrammetry; Virtual and Augmented Reality. Attendees will try their hands at various scanning modalities, and learn how to capture, edit, visualise, analyze and publish surface and volume data. The workshop will be hands on, and delegates are required to bring their own laptops (PC) in order to manipulate and analyze data (a limited number of university devices will be available for those unable to bring their own machine – please let us know if you required one of our PC’s). Limited to 20 participants.

Please note, delegates can choose ONLY ONE workshop to attend, and workshop attendance is ONLY permitted for delegates of the main symposium - we are afraid that booking a workshop without symposium attendance is not permitted.



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