Northeast Environmental Archaeology Network (NEEAN)


The Northeast Environmental Archaeology Network (NEEAN) is a regional professional organization of environmental archaeologists and other scholars interested in the history of human-environmental interactions worldwide. While we are based in the Northeastern US, the organization is open to any interested individuals regardless of location of residence. The goals of the organization include networking between professionals and nascent professionals (graduate students, undergraduate students) and opportunities for sharing knowledge and laboratory protocols, equipment, and facilities among organizations throughout the region. Through annual or semiannual meetings, hosted on a rotating basis by member institutions, we provide networking opportunities as well as laboratory tours and demonstrations. Meetings provide an opportunity for members to bring materials for hands-on identification, to share methodological developments, and to discuss interdisciplinary approaches to research questions with a diverse array of scholars.

NEEAN Meetings

The second annual meeting of NEEAN is scheduled for October 3, 2015, to be hosted by the Boston University Department of Archaeology. More details to come later this summer.

The first meeting of NEEAN was hosted by the Boston University Department of Archaeology on April 5, 2014, in Boston, MA. Meetings are free to attend for all interested professionals and students and do not include formal research presentations; rather, they are focused on networking, training, resource sharing, and building plans for the future.

Schedule of Events for Spring 2014 Meeting

  • 9:30-10:30 Breakfast (hosted by BU), sign in, networking
  • 10:30-11:15 Plenary/orientation/introductions
  • 11:15-12:00 Laboratory tours
  • 12:00-1:30 Lunch (on own)
  • 1:30-2:40 Breakout group 1
  • 2:50-4:00 Breakout group 2
  • 4:00-6:00 Reception (hosted by BU)

Breakout Group Activities

  • Geoarchaeology/soil micromorphology
  • Landscape archaeology/GIS/remote sensing
  • Paleoethnobotany
  • Paleoclimate/paleoenvironmental reconstruction
  • Zooarchaeology

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