General presentation

The 3rd Conference of the Association of Archaeological Wear and Residue Analysts (AWRANA) – corresponding to the 14th International meeting focused on traceology – will be held in Barcelona between the 5th and the 8th of April 2022

Originally scheduled for spring 2021, this conference had to be postponed to 2022 due to the Covid-19 pandemic crisis. This decision was made taking into account the importance of having an in-person meeting, not only to foster scientifically fruitful interactions, but also to provide a spontaneous, warm and friendly atmosphere after two years of restrictions and limited social events. We strongly believe that Barcelona will offer the utmost conditions for a completely safe and high-yielding event. 

After the great success of the meetings held in Faro, Leiden and Nice, the motto of the Barcelona conference will be Tracing Social Dynamics. The challenge of this edition goes beyond proving the importance of traceology within the spectrum of interdisciplinary archaeological approaches for the study of material culture. By tracing the relationships and interactions between artefacts, people and societies,the AWRANA 2022 conference aims to support the critical role of traceology in reconstructing past techno-economic, cultural, and social systems, as well as their entanglements. Therefore, we encourage the submission of proposals that, through the application of the traceological method, focus on the structures underlying the use of artefacts, animals and of the human body.

We are particularly keen on receiving proposals dealing with non-utilitarian items and objects such as body ornaments and figurines, and rock art as the traceological applications on these categories have not received sufficient consideration yet. Additionally, and for the first time, colleagues working on dental microwear analysis are warmly invited to take part in the conference, as the sharing of experiences between specialists working on artefacts and teeth will surely energize both fields of research.

Papers concerning the analysis of all kinds of archaeological findings, experimental and/or ethnographic artefacts are welcomed as long as they integrate one of the topics listed below:

  • Timing technical and functional processes. Traceology and residue analyses, more than many other analytical techniques, have the capacity to investigate the history or the biography of tools and the changes in their function in a diachronic perspective.
  • Activities in space. Traceology and residue analysis as a proxy for reconstructing spatial organization, mobility and social territories.
  • Addressing past tool-kits to reconstruct social dynamics. Approaching activities and their social interpretation by studying the variability of tools, materials, techniques and know-how. 
  • Tracing symbols: Exploring technology and functionality to grasp the significance and social value of symbolic objects.
  • Teeth in focus: microwear and residue analysis to trace diet and technical activities. 
  • New issues, big methodological challenges. A showcase for technical and methodological advances, including the application of new quantitative techniques, and the integration of traces and residues.

Scientific committee

Benjamin Chan, University of Southampton, UK

Emanuela Cristiani, Sapienza Università di Roma, Italy

David Cuenca, Universidad de Cantabria, Spain

Laure Dubreuil, Department of Anthropology, Trent University, Canada

Almudena Estalrrich, Universidad de Cantabria, Spain

Ferrán Estebaranz, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain

Juan Gibaja, CSIC-IMF, Spain

Colas Guéret, CNRS – UMR 7041 ArScan, France

Caroline Hamon, CNRS – UMR 8215 Trajectoires, France

Elspeth Hayes, University of Wollongong, Australia

Consuelo Huidobro, Department of Social Anthropology, Alberto Hurtado University, Chili

Ksenia Stepanova, History of Material Culture Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia 

Geeske Langejans, Department Materials Science and Engineering TU Delft, Netherlands

Aimee Little, University of York, UK

Danielle Macdonald, Department of Anthropology, The University of Tulsa, USA

Belén Márquez, Museo Arqueologico Regional de la Comunidad de Madrid, Spain

Joao Marreiros, Laboratory for Traceology and Controlled Experiments, Monrepos, Germany

Florent Rivals, Institut Català de Paleoecologia Humana i Evolució Social (IPHES), Spain

Veerle Rots, Université de Liège, Belgium

Katsuhiro Sano, Center for Northeast Asian Studies, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan

Noora Taipale, Université de Liège, Belgium

Organizing committee

Hala Alarashi, CSIC-IMF, Barcelona

Sara Díaz Bonilla, Department of Prehistory, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Barcelona

Ignacio Clemente, CSIC-IMF, Barcelona

Hugo Hernández, University of the Basque Country, Leoia

Yamandu Hilbert, CNRS UMR 5133 Archéorient, Lyon/Tübingen University, Tübingen

Juan José Ibáñez, CSIC-IMF, Barcelona

Sergio Jiménez, CSIC-IMF, Barcelona

Alba Masclans, CSIC-IMF, Barcelona

Niccolò Mazzucco, Department of Civilizations and Forms of Knowledge, Pisa University, Pisa

Bogdana Milić, Koç University, Archaeology and History of Art Department, Istanbul

Fiona Pichon, CSIC-IMF, Barcelona / CNRS UMR 5133 Archéorient, Lyon

Davide Visentin, CSIC-IMF, Barcelona

Hermine Xhauflair, CSIC-IMF, Barcelona

Andrea Zupancich, DANTE Laboratory, Sapienza University, Roma/CSIC-IMF, Barcelona

Organizers