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Lecce, June 2019

Dear colleagues,

2019 will be the year of the 18th congress of the IWGP and we are much looking forward to see many of you in Italy. We are planning to organize it in the first half of June to avoid the warmest months in sunny Lecce.

Our website will be online soon and we will activate a dedicated email account. We will send you all the contacts in the next weeks. In the meantime, please find attached a pdf with all the essential information on location, transport and accomodation (as showed in Paris in occasion of our candidature).

We remain at your disposal for any questions through my e-mail at the moment.

With best regards from the organizing team of the 18th IWGP,

Girolamo Fiorentino

Past Conferences

Paris, 4-9 July 2016

Informations as of 22 January 2016

Dear colleagues,

2016 is the year of the 17th congress of the IWGP and we are much looking forward to see many of you in Paris this summer.

Our website is now finally online and will be enriched little by little as the conference comes closer.

Final registration and online payment of the registration fee is open and we would like particularly to draw your attention to the existence of an “early bird’s” rate if you pay before February 15th. The price is then 220€ for scholars and 170€ for students. After February 15th the inscription fee will rise to 320€ for scholars and 270€ for students.

We are sorry to give you a little less than a month to benefit from the special rate but we hope that you can do it. In fact, the activation of the online payment – managed by the CNRS – took a little longer than planned. You will find precise information on what is included in the inscription fee on our website.

Once more we also want to insist on the importance of booking your accommodation as early as possible as pressure is high on hotels and B&Bs in Paris during summer and prices rise. You will find some ideas on different possibilities for lodging on the website but there are of course many more that you can explore through Internet.

We remain at your disposal for any questions through the official conference e-mail.

With best regards,
The organizing team of the 17th IWGP


Informations as of winter 2015

Dear colleagues, dear friends,

A little more than one and a half year has passed since the excellent last IWGP meeting was organized by Tanja Valamoti and her team in Thessaloniki, and it is now time to think about the next edition of this major palaeoethnobotanical event.

It is thus with pleasure that we announce the organisation of the 17th Conference of the International Workgroup for Palaeoethnobotany in Paris from Monday 4th to Saturday 9th of July 2016.

You will find more information in the first circular (PDF, 200 KB).

Please also fill in the pre-registration form and return it to our conference email address (iwgp2016@mnhn.fr) before February 20th 2015.

This message is sent to all the persons that were present in Thessaloniki (and some more) and will also be transmitted to the archaeobotanical list. If you know anyone who would like to be added to the 17th IWGP mailing list, please tell them to send us an e-mail and we will be happy to include them.

A website is currently being prepared and we will inform you when it will be online.

We are looking forward to welcome you all in Paris. Bienvenue!

The steering committee

Marie-Pierre Ruas
Aurélie Salavert
Margareta Tengberg
Françoise Toulemonde
Véronique Zech-Matterne
Charlène Bouchaud
Bénédicte Pradat

and with the help of the archaeobotany students of Paris

UMR 7209 - Archéozoologie, archéobotanique : Sociétés, pratiques et environnements
BP 56, 55 rue Buffon, 75005 Paris


IWGP 2013 Thessaloniki

16th Conference of the International Work Group for Palaeoethnobotany in Thessaloniki, Greece, 17 to 21 June 2013, followed by an excursion on 22 June (it will combine Archaeology, wine tasting  and plant grazing).

Tania and Thessaloniki are looking forward to welcoming the next IWGP pariticipants, introducing them to an exciting city with delicious food and a rich culture.

If you have questions please contact Tania Valamoti: iwgp-13@hist.auth.gr


Deadline for submission of pre-registration forms: 31st of March 2012.
Abstract submission deadline is 1st of September 2012.

Local Organisers

Ass. Prof. Dr. Soultana Maria "Tania" Valamoti, Thessaloniki

Contact Address

Soultana M. Valamoti
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Dept. of Archaeology
54124 Thessaloniki

Conditions for admission

In order for a paper or poster to be accepted for inclusion in an IWGP conference, the major subject matter should relate to the study of the human exploitation of plant resources (wild and/or domesticated) or human interactions with the environment, by analysis and interpretation of plant macro remains (mainly seeds, fruits and other plant parts if connected with seeds, but not charcoal or pollen and spores etc.). Limited inclusion of anthracological or palynological data may be acceptable in circumstances where this complements the plant macrofossil data.

IWGP 2013 Topics

1. 'Integration' of different lines of archaeobotanical evidence, i.e. plant macros, pollen, charcoal, phytoliths.

2. Field recovery techniques and solving problems in difficult situations

3. The archaeobotanical investigation of food remains

4. The contribution of ethnobotany to archaeobotanical research

5. Origins of agriculture

6. Dispersal of cultivated plants

Within session 6, it is planned to have 2 Sub-Sessions dedicated to a special theme, and including practical demonstrations:

6.1. The origin and early spread of naked wheat

6.2. New Glume Wheat, 13 years after


15th Conference of the International Work Group for Palaeoethnobotany in Wilhelmshaven, Germany, May 31 - June 5, 2010.

Local Organisers

Dr. Felix Bittmann, Lower Saxony Institute for Historical Coastal Research (bittmann@nihk.de)

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Contact Address

Felix Bittmann
Lower Saxony Institute for Historical Coastal Research
Viktoriastr. 26/28
26382 Wilhelmshaven

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