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 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.

The second annual meeting of NEEAN is scheduled for October 3, 2015, also hosted by the Boston University Department of Archaeology, in Boston, MA. Registration is now open! Please register here.

Schedule of Events for 2015 Meeting

  • 9:30-10:30 Breakfast (hosted by BU), sign in, networking
  • 10:30-11:15 Plenary/orientation/introductions
  • 11:15-12:00 Laboratory open houses – a chance to visit labs of interest, examine collections, use equipment, and engage lab users in discussion
  • 12:00-1:30 Lunch (on own)
  • 1:30-2:40 Breakout group 1 – short presentations on advances in methods being used by NEEAN members in the lab and field, and in interpretation
  • 2:50-4:00 Breakout group 2 – two groups: one discussing teaching environmental archaeology, and one discussing effective strategies for interdisciplinary collaboration in research practice
  • 4:00-6:00 Reception (hosted by BU)

Breakout Groups for Session 1

  • Geoarchaeology/landscape archaeology/GIS/remote sensing
  • Zooarchaeology/bioarchaeology/isotope analysis
  • Paleoethnobotany/paleoclimate/paleoenvironmental reconstruction

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