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Report from the IV Landscape Archaeology Conference Uppsala-Sweden, 22-25 August 2016

The Landscape Archaeology Conference is an initiative created at the Vrij Universiteit Amsterdam in 2010 with the objective of uniting researchers from different disciplines such as archaeology, anthropology, geography, ecology, between others, to present and debate research oriented to understand the landscape of past and present human societies. After the initial edition in Amsterdam, other meetings were held in Berlin-Germany (2012), Rome-Italy (2014), and Uppsala-Sweden this summer.

Crossing Boundaries: Exploring the Limit of Landscape

In this conference, Eduardo Herrera Malatesta, PhD in the NEXUS 1492 archaeology team organized a session with Dr. Jan Kolen (Leiden Universiteit), Martti Veldi (National Heritage Agency, Estonia) and Anne Brysbaert (Leiden Universiteit) entitled Crossing Boundaries: Exploring the Limit of landscape (LAC 2016). In addition Eduardo presented a paper entitle Colonial Encounters: On cartography, lines and taskscapes in Hispaniola.

The session aim was focus on the debate of the applications of the landscape concept in different social, cultural, political and historical contexts, and to explore its conceptual and practical limits. There were 9 presentations which constitute a wide range of temporal and geographical contexts (for the list of papers see: Session Crossing Boundaries). Each presentation develop alternative perspectives on the use of this concept or directly alternative concepts, such as taskscape, heterotopias and diviscapes.

Eduardo Herrera Malatesta presenting at the LAC

Future Presentations

The organizers are working on the edition of a volume that will include some of the papers presented at Uppsala and others to be presented at the next meeting for the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) to be held in Vancouver in 2017.

It is worth mentioning that in the conference participated various Leiden University researchers, PhDs and RMA, whose presentations held the University name very highly.

By Eduardo Herrera Malatesta

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