Conference Presentation

The 7th edition of the Landscape Archaeology Conference is the first edition to take place in Eastern Europe.

Starting from this realisation and the fact that landscape archaeology is a discipline that naturally glides through dogmatic disciplinary boundaries, we have decided that the word that would best describe our meeting in Iasi would be togetherness.

Around this word we have gathered other seven that define the six themes of the conference.

LAC 2022 Themes

Responsibility. Identifying and assessing anthropic pressure on built and natural landscapes

The first is Responsibility as it relates to our duty of paying attention not only to our immediate moment of existence, but also to the identification and assessment of anthropic pressure on both built and natural landscapes

Defragmentation. Thinking together about humans, time, and landscapes in a postcolonial world

The second is Defragmentation. Postcolonialism is a term often used in relation to the legacy of the great western empires and their colonies across seas. However, Europe itself is still divided by the legacy of a different kind of ideological colonialism and this theme is an invitation to overcome it and explore together the different ways in which various thought traditions mold the way we think about humans, time, and landscapes.

Integration. The peopled earth – interrelationship of human and natural systems

Integration naturally follows Defragmentation, and it defines our third theme. This theme shifts the focus from how we think about the landscape to how we actually live in it, and it welcomes contributions exploring the interrelationship of human and natural systems.

Sensitivity. Landscapes as embodied experiences

The fourth word is Sensitivity. As archaeologists, geographers, biologists, anthropologists, or agronomists, we scrutinize the landscape with a critical, rational eye. But as the work day draws to an end, we often find ourselves immersed in the beauty of a sunset, mountain peak, or stream. This theme is an opportunity to look at landscapes as affective rather than rational constructs.

Explanation and Comprehension. Modelling landscapes from quantifiable attributes to cultural constructs

Landscape Archaeology is a scalable discipline. It offers paths of understanding the mega by starting with the micro, and of understanding an imaginary concept through the examination of its material manifestation. Explanation and Understanding are therefore the words defining our fifth theme which constitutes an opportunity to examine landscapes starting from quantifiable attributes to cultural constructs.

Cooperation. Theoretical and technological multidisciplinary approaches to the reconstruction of past landscapes

The final theme is defined by Cooperation. As Landscape Archaeology defies disciplinary boundaries, it poses unique challenges. Therefore, this theme welcomes contributions that focus on theoretical and technological multidisciplinary approaches to the reconstruction of past landscapes

Keynote Speakers


Dr. Angelica FEURDEAN is a senior researcher at Goethe University and Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre Frankfurt am Main in Germany. She received a PhD in Quaternary Geology from Stockholm University in 2004 and was subsequently awarded a Marie Curie Fellowship at the University of Oxford, UK. Her research uses sedimentary archives to reconstruct past vegetation response to recurrent climate fluctuations and disturbance by fire and human impact in various ecosystems in Central and Eastern Europe, with increasing focus on boreal and arctic systems. Recent work combines fossil data with plant functional traits and statistically ecological modelling to understand the role of plant traits in ecosystem resilience to disturbance by fire.


Dr. Neli JORDANOVA is a Professor at the National Institute of Geophysics, Geodesy and Geography – Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. She obtained her PhD in Geophysics at the Faculty of Physics at Sofia University “St. Kl. Ohridski” (Bulgaria).   She was awarded the degree “Doctor of Sciences” in 2015 based on her habilitation work on magnetic properties of soils in Bulgaria. She is author of the monograph “Soil Magnetism. Applications in Pedology, Environmental Science and Agriculture” published in 2016 by Elsevier.  Neli’s research interests are related to applications of magnetic methods in archaeology: paleoclimate reconstructions based on magnetic proxies; soil magnetism; archaeomagnetism.

Philippe De Smedt

Philippe De Smedt is associate professor at the Department of Environment and Department of Archaeology at Ghent University in Belgium. After finishing his studies in Archaeology, he received a PhD in Bioscience Engineering in 2013. In his research, he uses geophysical techniques to investigate human-environment interactions and study archaeological landscapes. Particular emphasis of his group lies on developing methods to detect and interpret ephemeral traces of human land-use, as well as past landscapes, based on their electromagnetic properties. Current research activities involve magnetic approaches to landscape studies, as well as the use of modeling techniques to predict the applicability of specific archaeological prospection methods and improve the interpretative potential of geophysical datasets.

Important Dates

The specifics of the calendar are still being decided upon,
and may be further adjusted depending on the future course of events,
but the provisional timeline of the conference is:

Call for Sessions

August 2021 – 30 January 2022

Call for Abstracts

30 May 2022

Conference in Iași

10-15 September 2022