GIAP Seminars

After a successful 2nd GIAP Seminar series in 2022, with 4 fantastic webinars by prominent speakers, and more than 130 attendants, the GIAP Seminars are coming back for a 3r year in 2023. Save the dates!

The 2023 series is organised by: Theoni Baniou, Konstantina Venieri & Maria Ferrer Bonet.
Jan 19th 18h CET
Putting climate at the center of archaeological research: first experiences from the GroundCheck research cluster
Prof. Ferran Antolín. German Archaeological Institute / IPNA, University of Basel
Feb 23rd 18h CET
The plants of Serdica (Sofia, Bulgaria) during the Antiquity (2nd c. AD – 6th c. AD): preliminary archaeobotanical and anthracological data
Dr. Mila Andonova-Katsarski. Division of Palaeobotany and Palynology, Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Apr 20th 18h CET
Long-term dynamics in vegetation, agriculture and human societies: from the last hunter-gatherers until the 21st C. in northeast Portugal
Prof. João Pedro Vicente Tereso. BIOPOLIS/CIBIO (University of Porto); Centre of Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Coimbra ; UNIARQ (University of Lisbon)
May 18th 18h CET
The impact of the Syrian conflict on archaeological sites in Al-Hasakah and Daraa provinces
Dr. Amal Al Kassem. ARCO Research Centre.
Jun 15th 18h CET
Counting the Cost: Time, Event, and Process in Landscape Archaeology
Dr. Dan Stewart. School of Archaeology and Ancient History, University of Leicester
Apr 20th 18h CET

Next GIAP Seminar:

Jun 15th 18h CET

Counting the Cost: Time, Event, and Process in Landscape Archaeology

Dr. Dan Stewart
School of Archaeology and Ancient History, University of Leicester

Access the webinar here
No registration required. Hosted in Microsoft Teams (no Microsoft/Teams account needed).


This paper wants to interrogate the idea of the archaeological ‘event’ in relation to Landscape Archaeology, especially in relation to Classical Archaeology. In history, the event serves as a node in the construction of a scalar and linear view of time, a point for a discussion of the before and after. In archaeology, ‘event’ has become elided with process and structure (Lucas 2008), as short- to medium-term recurrences of similar activities.  In archaeology, ‘event’ as a particular, singular occurrence has fallen by the way-side, and many now use Sewell’s (2005: 227) definition of the event as “sequences of occurrences that result in transformation of structures”. 

Within landscape archaeology in particular, it’s easy to see that the data lends itself to the view of event as process or sequence. Pedestrian field survey identifies and records aggregate artefactual data, a smear on the landscape created by repetition through time (Stewart 2013).  Geophysical data is the result of different sequences and processes that exist beyond the particular – no matter the method, it doesn’t measure points in time but relationships between contrasting materials that are the result of decades and centuries of varying but repeating processes, both cultural and natural. Despite this, our visualisations of that data are rooted in the historical notion of event: a Roman phase, a Hellenistic destruction, a Classical sherd; the particular and not the process often take precedence in the presentation of interpretation.

Keywords: Knossos, field survey, legacy data, Greece, landscape archaeology, geophysics

About Dr. Dan Stewart: 

Dr. Dan Stewart is Lecturer in Ancient History in the School of Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Leicester. He has published on the history and archaeology of the Hellenistic and Roman Peloponnese, and has contributed to or co-directed archaeological projects in Arcadia, Sikyonia, and Crete. He is currently co-directing a landscape archaeology project on Roman Knossos, Crete. 

About the GIAP seminars

Born in 2021, the GIAP Seminars are organised by our predoctoral and postdoctoral researchers as a reflection of their current research interests. We aim to provide glimpses of original and current research across the world, opening up new horizons in Landscape, Computational and Palaeoenvironmental Archaeology, and Bioarchaeology.

Regardless of career stage or academic position, we invite prominent researchers that reflect the interdisciplinarity and diversity of the field. Overall, the GIAP Seminars are an excellent opportunity to foster talent, broaden interests and network.


1h monthly seminars: 45′ of talk and 15′ of discussion.
Main topics of interest: Landscape, Computational and Palaeoenvironmental Archaeology, and Bioarchaeology.


Addressed to researchers and students with interest in the listed topics. Open to the public.

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