ArchaeoLandscapes Europe would like to introduce 5 new associated partners to our growing network, which will support our work and future activities
- VU (Free University) Amsterdam, Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences, Institute of Geo- and Bioarchaeology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (http://www.falw.vu.nl/en/research/geo-and-bioarchaeology/index.asp):
The Institute provides in three Master variants, namely Archaeometry, Landscape Archaeology and is preparing a variant "Prospective Archaeology". Courses provide training in GIS, close range, airborne and satellite remote sensing, geophysics. The institute is also working on an e-learning curriculum that provides courses on the different Master variants main topics, but also Mineralogy/petrology/geochemistry, Geology and a month field- and/or lab practicals. It has a long standing experience on in-situ documentation, preservation consultancy and monitoring. For that reason they would primarily contribute to WP4, but are interested in all of the other WP's as well.
- Moesgaard Museum, Aarhus, Denmark (http://www.moesmus.dk):
The Moesgaard Museum is located at the same spot as the Department of Prehistoric and Middle Age Archaeology of the University of Aarhus. Aerial photographs and LiDAR are used on a daily basis, and the museum holds a substantial collection of aerial photographs. Within the last 5 years the museum has conducted aerial surveys around Jutland. Landscape studies are a key focus area, especially Neolithic and early Iron Age landscapes. Currently two Neolithic studies are ongoing and a study of Iron Age field systems in old woodlands based on the LiDAR is soon to begin. The museum also conducts geophysical prospection in Denmark and abroad, i.e. on Crimea, and has a department doing pollen analysis, macro fossils analysis, archaeozoology and conservation of artefacts. It will therefor be the ideal partner to connect research and teaching activities in a great variety of prospection and remote sensing techniques and will mainly contribute to WPs 4, 6, and 7.
- The Rathcroghan Heritage Centre, Ireland (http://www.rathcroghan.ie):
The community-based Heritage Centre, which extensively uses remote sensing data in the form of aerial photographs, LiDAR and terrestrial geophysics, in interpreting and presenting a rich archaeological landscape to the public, is the perfect partner to connect archaeological professionals with the interested public and the community sector which is currently slightly under-represented in ArcLand. Its contribution will focus on WPs 2 and 4.
- The Landscape Research Centre, Vale of Pickering, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom (http://www.landscaperesearchcentre.org):
The Centre, as a very enthusiastic independent research trust, is involved in landscape archaeological research and its presentation both to professionals and the wider public since more than 20 years. It is specialized in the use of integrated methods or surveying and will be able to share its expertise in various fields of archaeological prospection so it will mainly be involved in WPs 2 and 7. LRC is keen both to share its experience and learn from others, through networking meetings, knowledge transfer seminars and information dissemination whether through public lectures, on the internet or on paper.
- Polytechnic Institute of Tomar University (IPT), Tomar, Portugal (http://www.ipt.pt):
The IPT is one of Portugal's leading institutions for archaeological surveying methods and will close the existing gap of institutions in that part of the Iberian Peninsula. IPT will function as a hub to disseminate ArcLand and its activities in Portugal to invite students and scholars to various activities like the planned field school in Merida in June 2012. It will also contribute to the activities of the WPs 7 and 8.
We are happy to welcome our new partners and are looking forward to a fruitful cooperation.