The EAI was established by environmental archaeologists working in Ireland (there are many of us, working in third level institutions, in companies and operating as sole traders). The EAI places a strong emphasis on outreach, dissemination and collaboration, and felt that social media would provide an unparalleled platform to encourage interest in the field of environmental archaeology.
Environmental archaeology is the study of human-environment interactions through the scientific investigation of ancient remains. The remains often derive from archaeological excavations. Environmental archaeologists analyse a broad variety of material, including remains of plants, wood, animals, insects and many other types of material. These analyses reveal what people ate in the past, how they organised their economies, and how people interacted with their local environments and wider landscapes.
The EAI Committee is composed of a number of specialists with expertise in macro- and micro-botanical remains and insect remains who work in third level institutions, in companies,or operate as sole traders.
In February 2016 a conference was held in the Botanic Gardens in Dublin to celebrate the advances in the field over the last 70 years. We also wanted to provide a forum to consider our strengths and expertise, gaps in knowledge and skills, and challenges in practice. Information on the conference proceedings are available via our Conference Website, our Conference Programme, and Storify.