Day of the Dead: Recent Research in Human Osteoarchaeology

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Queen's University Belfast
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17th October to 19th October 2014

Day of the Dead is an international archaeology conference which will present and discuss recent research in human osteoarchaeology. The weekend will commence with a workshop on archaeothanatology led by Dr Stéphane Rottier from the University of Bordeaux 1. The keynote speaker will be Dr Barra Ó Donnabháin from University College Cork, Ireland.

Papers are invited for inclusion in the following sessions:

Osteoarchaeology in Ireland:
Papers concentrating on human remains from any time period in Ireland will be considered for this session.

Grave Concerns:
This session will explore funerary archaeology and the deposition of human remains in a variety of different archaeological contexts. Papers for this session could include burial practices, archaeothanatology and taphonomy.

Life before Death:
This session will provide insights concerning how people lived in the past. Papers for this session could cover a wide variety of topics including: demography, diet and nutrition, health and disease, migration, occupation and activity patterns, social organisation, violence and warfare.

Open Session:
Papers which focus on any other aspect of osteoarchaeology will be considered for the open session. We particularly welcome papers on the following: new analytical techniques, approaches to theoretical osteoarchaeology, and applications of forensic anthropology to osteoarchaeology.

Abstracts of no more than 200 words for a twenty-minute paper should be sent to: by Friday 16th May 2014. We welcome papers from academics, commercial archaeologists, and post-graduate students alike. Abstracts for poster presentations will also be accepted. The submission deadline for a poster presentation is Friday 12th September 2014. Informal enquiries can be directed to the conference organisers at: