image/svg+xml3 X/1/2019 INTERDISCIPLINARIA ARCHAEOLOGICA NATURAL SCIENCES IN ARCHAEOLOGY homepage: http://www.iansa.eu Editorial IANSA 1/2019 A Year Rich in Archaeological Events Ondřej Mlejnek Since our last issue we have organized an editorial board meeting in Prague (Figure 1) which was also attended by the chair of the advisory board, Roderick Salisbury. The participants of the meeting discussed some strategic issues and changes to the IANSA Journal, which will be announced next year at the opportunity of the tenth anniversary of our journal. Furthermore, we were delighted to discover that the next two years will be extremely rich period of archaeological events in the Czech Republic. The frst of these is rather anthropological – the 6 th International Anthropological Congress of Dr. Aleš Hrdlička, which takes place from 3 rd September to 5 th September 2019. This congress will be held in Humpolec on the occasion of the 150 th anniversary of Aleš Hrdlička’s birth. The tradition of International Anthropological Congresses of Dr. Aleš Hrdlička was established in 1958, and they are traditionally organized by the Czech Anthropological Society together with the municipality of the town of Humpolec. The main theme has, as yet, not been announced. Therefore all topics from the felds of biological and cultural anthropology, as well as other related felds, have been accepted for presentation. Another event is the 62 nd Annual Conference of the Hugo Obermaier Society, which is originally German, but now a rather international society with an interest in quaternary research. Thanks to the invitation of the Moravian Museum, this conference will be held in Brno from 14 th to 18 th April 2020. One of the reasons for this is the 100 th anniversary of the birth of Karel Valoch, a Moravian archaeologist and long-term member of this society, who passed away six years ago. But by far the biggest archaeological event of next year will be the 9 th World Archaeological Congress, to be held in the Cubex Centrum in Prague from 5 th to 10 th July 2020. Calls for sessions for this congress have already been announced (the deadline is 15 th October 2009) and you may fnd all the important information concerning this event on the ofcial web page: wac-9.org. “We look forward to welcoming you in the heart of Europe” is the ofcial motto of this event and we really do look forward to meeting you at some of the presented conferences. Concerning the contents of this issue, it starts with a paper presenting the use of high resolution X-ray computed tomography on archaeobotanical remains. Charlene Murphy et al. present the use of this modern technology for analyzing the domestication changes on the seeds of various plants (soya, lentil, horsegram). For the frst time, a 3D-video presentation is published at the end of this paper in the digital version of the IANSA journal.In the second article, Lenka Lisá et al. discuss the meaning of lamellae or bands at archaeological sites. At examples of two sites (the Upper Palaeolithic settlement at Sowin in Poland, and the Neolithic site Kly in Bohemia), they try to answer questions concerning the origin and interpretation of these features.In the next paper, Markéta Končelová et al. examine the distribution of fnds in diferent types of Neolithic archaeological features at the Bylany 4 site in central Bohemia. Based on the diferent structures of the flls of features, it is, according to the authors, evident that the structure of the horizontal or vertical distribution of fndings in their flls can yield information about the creation of the fnding assemblages. It also refects the dynamics of the development of anthropogenic activities in the vicinity of the features.The next paper by Kelly Reed et al. presents the archaeobotanical, zooarchaeological and pottery evidence regarding the issue of daily consumption patterns within the Roman rural villa at Lički Ribnik in Croatia. The fnds, dated from the second half of the 2 nd to the frst half of the 3 rd century AD, provide evidence of villa consumption in the Dalmatian region. Although the conclusions are based on very limited data, the study shows the importance of looking at the environmental evidence in conjunction with other archaeological material in order to explore the local diet and economy in the Roman period. Volume X ● Issue 1/2019 ● Pages 3–4
image/svg+xmlIANSA 2019 ● X/1 ● 3–4Ondřej Mlejnek: A Year Rich in Archaeological Events 4 Finally the last paper by Zoreh Jozi et al. presents the results of the PIXE analysis of the silver coins minted by the Umayyad Caliphs of the Arabic Empire in 7 th and 8 th Century AD. The comparison of coins of the Umayyad era with those of the Sassanid period shows that the technology of extracting and minting silver in the Umayyad period did not difer from that in the Sassanid period.The thematic review section is represented by a paper by Hana Brzobohatá et al. reviewing the issue of medieval infectious diseases, famines and sites of mass burials in the Czech lands. Special attention is paid to the recently excavated mass burials in Kutná Hora – Sedlec in central Bohemia dated back to the 14 th Century. According to the authors they represent one of the largest set of medieval mass graves in Europe. Figure 1. IANSA Editorial Board Meeting in Prague on 29 th March 2019.