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 Kaseem. 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:

April 20th 18h

Long-term dynamics in vegetation, agriculture and human societies: from the last hunter-gatherers until de 21st century in northeast Portugal

Prof. João Pedro Vicente Tereso
BIOPOLIS/CIBIO (Research Center In Biodiversity and Genetic Resources/University of Porto); Centre of Interdisciplinary Studies CEIS20 (University of Coimbra); UNIARQ (Centre for Archaeology, University of Lisbon)

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

The construction of two dams in the lower course of the river Sabor (Northeast Portugal) led to the excavation of numerous sites and an unprecedented archaeobotanical research, comprising contexts from the Mesolithic to the 19th century. The charcoal analysis and carpological studies conducted allowed the identification of major trends in vegetation history and agriculture in this long time-span, with a particular focus on Bronze Age, Iron Age and Roman Period. The apparent continuity in agriculture choices and vegetation contrast with changes in human settlements in the valley, highlighting the need for an integrated interpretation of archaeobotanical and archaeological evidences.

Keywords: Archaeobotany; Holocene; Agriculture; Vegetation history; Northwest Iberia

About Prof. Tereso: 

Prof. João Tereso is an archaeobotanist with a degree in History-Archaeology, a MSc in Landscape Ecology and Nature Conservation and a PhD in Biology. He carries out investigation in several topics within vegetation history, the evolution of agricultural systems and the exploitation of plant resources by human communities. Most of his investigation focuses the relation between social trends and environmental changes with a particular emphasis on the evolution of agriculture. Currently he coordinates the Environmental Archaeology Group at BIOPOLIS/CIBIO and is an invited Auxiliary Professor at the University of Coimbra.

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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