LAC is a biennial series of conferences co-ordinated by the International Association of Landscape Archaeology (IALA) with a succession of host-universities. The founding conference took place at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in 2010, and subsequent conferences have been held in Berlin (2012), Rome (2014) and Uppsala (2016). With each conference, LAC’s geographical range and interdisciplinary span expands. It now attracts participants from over 35 countries in every continent and from multiple disciplines including archaeology, anthropology, environmental sciences, geography, geology, heritage, landscape architecture, landscape history and many other landscape-focussed neighbouring disciplines.
The 5th International Landscape Archaeology Conference will take place in Newcastle and Durham from 17th – 20th September 2018 and will include over 300 participants. It is being organised jointly by the Universities of Newcastle and Durham, which have almost a century-long tradition of archaeological research and teaching; their research interests spread across the world. Their region, North East England (UK), is rich in prehistoric remains and contains the best known of the Roman imperial frontiers; it was one of the cradles of early Christianity in Britain and a birthplace of the Industrial Revolution.
The conference aims for as wide a temporal and spatial coverage as possible and will encourage sessions, papers and proposals from, or concerning, any part of the world, aspiring to include research on theory, method and interpretation. Sessions and presentations will extend widely across the disciplinary spectrum, from long-established approaches to studying past landscapes to the work of those within archaeological and related palaeo-geographical and historical fields who make use of landscape as a ‘usefully ambiguous concept’ to cross traditional boundaries or conventional research paradigms.