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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

Science, society and environmental change in the first millennium CE - Workshop: Rivers, flooding and human activity in British catchments

3rd March 2020, 09:00 to 16:30, Room D210, Dawson Building, Archaeology, Dr Anna Jones (Edge Hill University)


Changes in flood frequency and magnitude and in river channel behaviour and floodplain development through time are controlled both by climatic change and by alterations to catchment hydrology and sediment supply as a result of human activity within the catchment, such as land cover change associated with deforestation and cultivation. This workshop will examine linkages between human activity and flood occurrence, river channel change and floodplain development in selected British catchments during the First Millennium, drawing on the sedimentary records of flooding and anthropogenic alluvium as well as evidence for human activity at catchment and local scales.

Dr. Anna Jones’ workshop will form part of a larger interdisciplinary workshop called Natural Hazards, Population Dynamics, Adaptive Landscapes: The Archaeology of Risk and Resilience.

Anyone interested in coming for the whole day should register their interest with Paolo Forlin, for catering purposes.


9:00-11:00 Anna Jones, Institute for Advanced Study fellow. This 2-hour workshop is also part of the IAS project ‘Science, Society, and Environmental Change in the First Millennium CE’.

Rivers, flooding and human activity in British catchments

11:00-11:15 Coffee break

11:15-11:45 Chris Gerrard

The Azores earthquake of 1522: an archaeological approach

11:45-12:15 Paolo Forlin

The archaeology of medieval earthquakes: investigating risk, assessing hazard, exploring resilience

12:15-13:00 Lunch

13:00-14:00 Monica Green. This 1-hour talk is also part of the Bioarchaeology

Research Seminar Series.

Are Pandemics Comparable? The Present State of Research in Justinianic Plague and Black Death Research

14:00-14:30 Coffee break

14:30-15:00 Kristen Hopper

Historic water management systems in Tabriz, Iran: Risk, resilience and lessons for the present

15:00-15:30 Dan Lawrence

Zooming Out: Complexity and Fragility in the Ancient Near East during the Mid-Late Holocene

15:30-16:00 Chris Davis

Identifying archaeological evidence of past earthquakes in a contemporary disaster scenario: case studies of damage, resilience and risk reduction from the 2015 Gorkha Earthquake and past seismic events within the Kathmandu Valley

16:00-16:30 Final Discussion

Directions to the Department of Archaeology

Mapthe Department of Archaeology is denoted as building No.41

Contact; for more information about this event.