Intensive Introductory Workshop in the Palaeosciences for Pre-Modernists

Jan 15, 2024, 9:00 amJan 25, 2024, 5:00 pm
Scheide Caldwell House and Guyot Hall


Event Description

This entry-level workshop, led by Ed Cook (Columbia), Warren Eastwood and Chris Bradley (Birmingham University/UK), John Haldon and Lee Mordechai (Princeton), will introduce participants from the fields of history and archaeology to the palaeoecological sciences and their relevance to historical and archaeological research. Beginning with an overview of palaeoecology, how it works and how it can be used, the program will offer surveys of key ecological sciences, involving the study of stable isotopes and sedimentary geochemistry; speleothems, ice cores and tree-rings; palynology and dendroclimatology; C14 dating, multi-proxy data, and more. The focus will be on the reconstruction of pre-instrumental climate, vegetation, and land cover.

In particular, the program will explain how such proxies are interpreted, the conceptual basis for the reconstructions derived from them, and the assumptions, uncertainties, and statistical methods for data transformation that accompany their use. While we will focus on the Mediterranean Basin as a case study, examples will also be drawn on from other world regions, including temperate Europe and North America. For more information, please consult the full program attached below. 

An intensive 9-day workshop

Entry-level: no previous knowledge of the subject required

Geared towards younger scholars junior faculty members and graduate students, although undergraduates may also be admitted) and for scholars in the humanities and social sciences

Application Process and Deadlines

Limited places are available. Those interested should submit a statement of interest (<200 words), including their current position/program, to John Haldon ([email protected]) by November 15th 2023, with the subject line "Application for Palaeoscience Workshop." Successful applicants will be notified by 1 December 2023. Workshop attendance is free and lunch provided, but non-Princeton attendees must cover their own travel and accommodation costs (although CCHRI can arrange accommodation if requested).

  • Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies
  • High Meadows Environmental Institute
  • Center for Collaborative History
  • Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies