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Conference programme

Get ready to embark on a journey through time with this year's big historical data conference programme

Where cutting-edge analytics intersects with untapped insights, revealing the hidden tapestry of our past, present, and future.

Conference programme

Wednesday, 22 November

8:45-9:00 Welcome address
9:00-10:30 Session 1: Big Databases: How large-scale archives can boost archaeological research I

Session organisers: Martina Farese, Giulia Formichella, and Noemi Mantile

1-1 Ricardo Fernandes The Pandora Initiative: promoting fairer data collaboration
1-2 Martina Farese From the Neolithic to the Middle Ages: a big data view of foodways in ancient Italy
1-3 Antonio Caruso STARC OSTEOARCH: An open access resource for recording and sharing human osteoarchaeological data
1-4 Claire Ebert Tracking human diet and migration using the Caribbean and Mesoamerica Biogeochemical Isotope Overview (CAMBIO)
1-5 Natalia Riabogina Building archaeobotanical and archaeozoological database in the BIAD: structure, creation experience and comparative analysis perspectives
1-6 Victor Yan Kin Lee Bridging human paleogenetics and archaeology: problems with existing practices and prospects for overcoming them
10:30-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-12:30 Session 1. Big Databases: How large-scale archives can boost archaeological research II

Session organisers: Martina Farese, Giulia Formichella, and Noemi Mantile

1-7 Andrew Kandel The ROAD Database as a Research Tool for Exploring Human Evolution
1-8 Felix Riede Cultural evolutionary trends as revealed by a novel, expert-sourced dataset on lithic technology, toolkits, and artefact shapes for the Final Palaeolithic/earliest Mesolithic of Europe (15-11ka BP)


David Laguna-Palma An open and interdisciplinary approach to modelling movement along the ancient Lybian Sea
1-10 Efthymia Nikita MetaMobility Databases: Promoting Greco-Roman bioarchaeology


Antonio Campus Big Archaeological (Legacy) Data. Collection, dissemination and reuse for large scale analysis


Maite I. Garcia-Collado Exploring large-scale historical processes using IsoIberMed: a new isotope database for bioarchaeological samples from Medieval Iberia
12:30-13:30 Lunch
13:30-14:00 Session 1: Big Databases: How large-scale archives can boost archaeological research III

Session organisers: Martina Farese, Giulia Formichella, and Noemi Mantile

1-13 Sean Hixon Presenting a compilation of isotopic data from Madagascar


Carlo Cocozza The IsoMemo Initiative: Enhancing archaeological and historical research through isotope databases
14:00-15:00 Session 2. Big Zooarchaeological Data: Challenges and potentials for multi-scalar analysis across millenia I

Session organisers: Angela Trentacoste, Jesse Wolfhagen, and Sarah Whitcher Kansa



Sarah Whitcher Kansa From small to big data in zooarchaeology
2-2 Kitty Emery Crosswalking, linking, and verbatim interpretations: adventures in legacy zooarchaeological biodiversity open data publishing
2-3 Canan Çakırlar Cross-disciplinary reuse potential of big zooarchaeology data: What do we need?
2-4 David Orton Assessing approaches to chronological uncertainty in large-scale zooarchaeological data synthesis
15:00-15:30 Coffee break
15:30-16:30 Session 2. Big Zooarchaeological Data: Challenges and potentials for multi-scalar analysis across millenia II

Session organisers: Angela Trentacoste, Jesse Wolfhagen, and Sarah Whitcher Kansa

2-5 Matthew Hill Jr. Tracking long-term subsistence among the Native North American Great Plains hunters


Max Price Wool they won’t they: Combing the zooarchaeological evidence for wool production in Northern Mesopotamia c. 4500-1500 cal. BC


Anthony King The RomAniDat network: a zooarchaeological Big Data initiative for the ancient Roman world
2-8 Roberto Ragno Understanding variation in zooarchaeological NISP data: Bayesian betabinomial models for Italian contexts in the 1st millennium CE

Thursday, 23 November

9:00-10:30 Session 3: Environments of big cultural heritage data integration I

Session organisers: Michael Fisher and Dovydas Jurkenas

3-1 Michael Fisher Heritage-environment interaction: Theorising Big (Palaeo)Data integration across the nature-culture divide
3-2 Julian Richards ARIADNE: aggregating archaeological datasets at an international scale
3-3 Pablo Barruezo-Vaquero Transdisciplinary data integration into a computational ontology: some reflections from the DataARC Project on modelling human–non-human entanglements
3-4 Thomas Huet


“Shared heritage”: management and integration of cultural heritage data across Arches-based platforms in the Global South
3-5 Jonas Gregorio de Souza Mapping the archaeological Pre-Columbian heritage in South America
3-6 MAHSA and MAEASaM Teams Modelling heritage information in two diverse regions: reflections on the integration of heterogeneous big data from the MAHSA and MAEASaM projects
10:30-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-11:30 Session 3. Environments of big cultural heritage data integration II

Session organisers: Michael Fisher and Dovydas Jurkenas

3-7 Dovydas Jurkenas



Hordes of Data: Multilayered documentation and collection of archaeological heritage and environmental data across the Mongolian landscape
3-8 Ankhsanaa Ganbold


Creating the Mongolia cultural heritage database (immovable historical and cultural heritage)
11:30-12:30 Session 4. Archaeological time-series: The quest for robust 14C-dated proxies for the intensity of prehistoric activity

Session organisers: John Meadows and Peer Kröger

4-1 Jan Kolar Large radiocarbon datasets in relation to archaeological context and metadata
4-2 Fiona Laviano Building a database of dated Neanderthal fossil remains to estimate the spatiotemporal pattern of Neanderthal extirpation
4-3 Jiyoung Park Investigating long-term population dynamics in the Han River Basin using radiocarbon dating
4-4 Thomas Huet NeoNet, an app for radiocarbon modelling of the Late Mesolithic / Early Neolithic transition in South-Central and South-Western Europe
12:30-13:30 Lunch and group photo
13:30-14:30 Session 5: Data and people in interaction: Network analysis for everyone

Session organisers: Vera Klontza and Barbora Ruffíni

5-1 Tamás Czuppon


Hidden information or misuse? Data and network analysis on burial customs (6-9 c. AD)
5-2 Freg J. Stokes Mapping networks of capital and resistance in tropical South America
5-3 Britt Davis Neutron activation analysis and networks: Possibilities and constraints
5-4 Christopher Carleton ‘Symbolic scaling’ in ancient and contemporary cities
14:30-15:00 Session 6. Leveraging Big Data, GIS, and machine learning in remote sensing I

Session organisers: Manuel Peters and Amina Jambajantsan

6-1 MAESaM Team



An experiment with automated detection of diverse archaeological features in an African context using deep-learning and free satellite multispectral imagery
6-2 Ahmed Mahmoud


Automated change detection monitoring of archaeological sites using machine learning and Google Earth Engine
15:00-15:30 Coffee break
15:30-16:00 Session 6. Leveraging Big Data, GIS, and machine learning in remote sensing II

Session organisers: Manuel J. H. Peters and Amina Jambajantsan

6-3 Manuel J. H. Peters


Multi-scale automated feature detection in the Argentinean Andes: A comparative analysis of satellite and UAV
6-4 David Stott Positive false positives: Searching for annular landforms in Northern Europe
16:00-17:45 Session 7. AI for historical and archaeological Big Data analysis II

Session organiser: Jochen Büttner

7-1 Jakob Hauser


Enhancing the Seshat databank: A computationally readable mapping of historical facts to scholarly references
7-2 Hassan El-Hajj Prompt me a dataset: Large-scale ML dataset creation in the humanities
7-3 Mathieu Aubry Discovering and analyzing patterns in large historical image databases
7-4 Jambajantsan Amina Leveraging satellite imagery and Deep Learning in Mongolian archaeology
7-5 Jianyin Roachell Deep Learning and Bayesian analysis of historical time series data
7-6 Adam Izdebski Applying Bayesian machine learning to causality modelling in historical social-ecological systems: case studies from early modern Greece and Poland
7-7 Raphael Schlattmann Trajectories of change: Using text embeddings to track knowledge evolution
18:00-19:00 Dinner
19:00-19:30 Plenary

Friday, November 24

9:00-10:30 Session 8: Insights from reusing large prehistoric and interdisciplinary databases

Session organisers: Christian Sommer, Angela Bruch, Nicholas Conrad, Christine Hertler, Miriam N. Haidle, Volker Hochschild, Zara Kanaeva, Andrew Kandel, and the ROCEEH Team

8-1 Samantha Scott Reiter Columns and rows: publishing, preparing, harmonizing and preserving protocols, guidelines and resources from the Big Interdisciplinary Archaeological Database
8-2 Anaïs Vignoles Shortcomings related to archaeological bibliographic databases used for macro-scale modeling: the SIGMENT database for estimating Middle and Recent Gravettian lithic technical tradition distributions in Western Europe
8-3 Giulia Marciani Beyond labels. Exploring patterns of formal description of lithic variability in Late Pleistocene technologies
8-4 Rimtautas Dapschauskas Using big data to gain new insights about large-scale developments of human behavioral evolution: ROAD and Middle Stone Age ochre use
8-5 Christian Sommer Mapping archaeological cultures and periods with network cartography
8-6 Jesús Rodríguez Modelling the adaptations of hominins to climate in Europe from MIS14 to MIS11
10:30-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-12:30 Session 9. Palaeoclimatic and palaeoenvironmental databases: Exploring the dynamics of human-environmental systems

Session organiser: Achim Brauer

9-1 Pedro Andrade


Long-term arsenic exposure evidence in northern Chile revealed through analysis of compiled osteological and elemental data
9-2 Michele Abballe


Modelling the evolution of the hinterland of Ravenna: human-environment relationships in an extremely dynamic alluvial landscape
9-3 Michela Leonardi


Palaeoecology made easy: pastclim and tidysdm, two new R packages to make the best use of palaeo big data
9-4 Margherita Colucci A case study: modelling human-malaria coevolution through time using paleoclimatic and palaeoenvironmental databases
9-5 Ümit Cevher Elmas Quantity over quality? Unraveling the impact of chronological uncertainties in paleoenvironmental databases: A case study from Lake Burdur
9-6 Thomas Giesecke


The Neotoma Palaeoecology Database as a research tool to assess human landscape interactions during the Quaternary
12:30-13:30 Lunch
13:30-15:00 Session 10: History unleashed: Harnessing the knowledge stored in historical documents

Session organisers: Adam Izdebski and Carlo Cocozza

10-1 Luke Anderson-Trocmé Unraveling French Canadian ancestry: An interplay of genetics, genealogies, and geography
10-2 David Max Findley


Harmonizing big datasets: PANTROPOCENE, Land use modelling, and the historical tropics
10-3 Daniel Baránek From historical sources to Wikibase
10-4 Etienne Wasmer A cross-verified database of locations visited by notable individuals
10-5 Clément Gorin A convolutional network approach to mining historical map data
10-6 Sonia Medina Gordo


[POSTER] Script-based automation practices: some experiences for managing early medieval society through written evidence
15:00-15:30 Coffee break
15:30-16:45 Session 11. Modelling expansions in South America: Integrating archaeology and linguistics

Session organisers: Fabrício Ferraz Gerardi and Bruno de Souza Barreto

11-1 Paul Heggarty


Combining archaeology, language and genetics into a single human (pre)history through time, space, and ecology
11-2 Rafael de Almeida Lopes Using spatial and chronological modelling to understand the Polychrome Tradition Expansion in Central Amazon
11-3 Bruno de Souza Barreto Demic diffusion, cultural transmission and change: assessing the spread of the Koriabo pottery style as an archaeological correlate of the Cariban-languages expansions in northern Amazonia
11-4 Fabrício Ferraz Gerardi A phylogenetic study of the Cariban language family
11-5 Kathrin Nägele Beyond broad strokes – the future of ancient DNA in the Americas



16:45-17:00 Closing remarks

Saturday, November 25

10:00-12:00 Talk: A tour into the history of Jena