IAP VII: Greater Mesopotamia

Reconstruction of its Environment and History

Multidisciplinary symposium


Non-destructive and Destructive Methods

to Identify Archaeological Finds and their Host Deposits

in Arid and Semi-arid Areas


Brussels, 15-16 March 2016


Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences



Hosted by the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences

and the Royal Museums of Art and History, Brussels




Archaeological investigations require the collaboration of a wide diversity of disciplines. Therefore, in the framework of the international research network "Greater Mesopotamia: Reconstruction of its Environment and History", the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences and the Royal Museums of Art and History in Brussels hold a symposium that brings together different methodologies.


The symposium for researchers and students in geo- and archaeo- sciences aims at a multidisciplinary discussion about non-destructive and destructive methods used in support of archaeology in the ancient Near East or other arid and semi-arid areas. The objective is to address issues relating to the identification of materials and their composition. Topics include, but are not limited to, petrography, clay mineralogy, soil science, gemmology, construction materials, …



Registration is free, but mandatory for all participants. Please use the registration form.


To ensure free registration and participation, the organizing committee kindly requests participants to arrange their own travel and accommodation. You can find a selection of hotels and guest rooms here.


Directions to the venue can be found here. (presentations are in the ROOM - VIP)


Papers will be published in proceedings by the end of 2016. More information will follow.





Tuesday 15 March


13:00-13:30 Registration & Coffee


13:30-13:45 Welcome and introduction

13:45-14:20 Key Note 1: Georges Stoops - The use of micromorphology in archaeology of the Near East

14:20-14:45 Frank Carpentier - Zooming in: The added value of soil micromorphology at Sissi, Crete

14:45-15:10 Thomas Van de Velde - From site to seepage: Determining the origin of archaeological bitumen

15:10-15:40 Coffee break and Poster Session


15:40-16:05 Astrid Nunn & Heinrich Piening - From the identification of pigments to the reconstruction of the

polychromy on Mesopotamian stone statues

16:05-16:30 Cornelis Stal, Philippe De Maeyer, Berdien De Roo, Bart De Wit, Amaury Frankl, Britt Lonneville,

Annelies Vandenbulcke & Alain De Wulf - Optimized airborne 3D mapping using flexible and

costefficient UAV-based photogrammetry

16:30-16:55 Eslam Shaheen & Omnia Samieh Ali - Integrated documentation and archaeometric study of

Tutankhamun’s shields


Wednesday 16 March


09:00-09:45 Key Note 2: Patrick Degryse - The origin and spread of glass making: The isotopic evidence

09:45-10:10 Anna Hodgkinson & Frank Kutz - The usability of portable XRF for the study of Egyptian plant ash

glasses from the Late Bronze Age: A pilot study


10:10-10:30 Coffee break and Poster Session


10:30-10:55 Nagmeldeen Hamza - Beyond the visible: Combining scientific analysis and conventional methods

for documenting the collection of Tutankhamen's loincloths : Integrated approach

10:55-11:20 Thomas Goovaerts - Precious and semi-precious stones: An introduction and a brief overview on

identification methods

11:20-11:45 Athena Van der Perre & Hendrik Hameeuw - Pigments and Portraits: The use of multispectral

visualization for the identification of pigment patterns on Fayum portraits

11:45-12:10 Demo: Using a portable XRF


12:10-13:20 Lunch break with sandwiches


13:20-13:45 AbdelRahman Medaht, Hussien Kamal, Omima Ali, Islam Abd el Maksoud, Mohamed Ragab, Mona

Akmal & Dina Atwa - Non-Invasive study of pigments used in ancient Egyptian wooden models

dating back to the Middle Kingdom

13:45-14:10 Shlomo Shoval, Yitzhak Paz, Golan Shalvi & Dana Harari - XRF and LA-ICP-MS methods in the

study of Canaanite ceramic technologies

14:10-14:20 Demo: The multi-spectral Portable Light Dome


14:20-14:40 Coffee break and Poster Session


14:40-15:25 Key Note 3: Dennis Braekmans - Integrating technological and archaeometric approaches to 1st

Millennium BC ceramics from the Southern Levant and North Africa

15:25-15:50 Possum Pincé - The combination of chemical and petrographic analyses on pre-Islamic ceramics

from the Kur River Basin (Fars, Iran)

15:50-16:10 Closing remarks





15 September 2015- 5 March 2016

Registration -mandatory for all participants (see registration form)


1 November 2015

Submission deadline for abstracts


15 December 2015

Notification of accepted abstracts and first circular


15 Februari 2016

Second circular





Cecile Baeteman (RBINS)

Frieda Bogemans (RBINS & VUB)

Vanessa Boschloos (RMAH & UGent)

Anne Devillers (RMAH)

Eric Gubel (RMAH & VUB)

Hendrik Hameeuw (RMAH & KU Leuven)

Rindert Janssens (RBINS)

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