Scientific program

The program of the ISA2018 can be consulted here: ISA2018 Program

The book of abstracts of the ISA2018 can be consuted here: Book of Abstracts

ISA 2018 App

We also prepared an app for ISA2018 for Android and IOS. You can install it from the Apple store or Play store as:

ISArchaeometry 2018

This app contains the program, participants and other useful informations. 



The program consists of oral and poster presentations and some invited lectures by specialists in certain subjects. The subjects of the Symposium are grouped into the following sessions:

  • Remote sensing, Geophysical prospection and Field Archaeology
  • Archaeo-chronometry  
  • Biomaterials and Bioarcheology
  • Human-environment interactions
  • Stone, Plaster and Pigments
  • Ceramics, Glazes, Glass and Vitreous Materials
  • Metals and metallurgical ceramics

The ISA2018 will open on May 20 with and important academic activity: the Workshop Recent Advances in the Investigation of Ancient Mortars and Binders on May 20 (free access for ISA participants). This workshop is co-organized by Prof. Gilberto Artioli in collaboration with the Commission on Crystallography in Art and Cultural Heritage of the International Union of Cristallography  (IUCr – CrysAC). The ISA Welcome Reception will follow after the workshop. The final program is available in the News section.


Proceedings of ISA 2018 will be published by Science and Technology of Archaeological Research (STAR), an open access journal by Taylor & Francis.

Instructions for Authors can be found in the following link of STAR:

Two special sessions have been organized on:

Prof. Martin Aitken. In memoriam

As a special tribute, some presentations in this meeting will be dedicated to honoring the memory of Prof. Martin Aitken and his many contributions to the field of Archaeometry.

Martin Aitken, who passed away on June 15, 2017, at the age of 95, was a scientist who pioneered the application of physics to archaeology. He coined, with archaeologist Christopher Hawkes, the term Archaeometry, for the name of the new Journal to be launched, thus helping to make major advances in dating archaeological finds from as early as the Lower Paleolithic period. His most influential publications include Physics & Archaeology, Thermoluminescence and Dating, Science-based Dating in Archaeology, and Optical Dating. In addition to Magnetic Prospection, his main research projects focused on dating using Thermo-remanent Magnetism (TRM), Thermoluminescence (TL) and Optically-stimulated Luminescence (OSL).

Ancient Metallurgy in the Americas

Metallurgy and metalworking first emerged in the Andean region of South America, and appear to have spread progressively northward through the continent, as far as Mesoamerica, developing local technological traditions along the way. Copper, silver, and gold, as well as different alloys comprised of these and other metals, were fashioned as ornaments used in religious ceremonies and to enhance elite cultural status, but also more mundane items. In recent decades, important aspects of the production, distribution, and use of such goods in different regions of the Americas have been inferred by scholars, often from combinations of ethnohistorical, archaeological, and archaeometric data. The purpose of this Theme Session is to explore, comparatively, various key aspects of metallurgy in different regions of the Americas, setting out from a diversity of studies, including ore sources, mining technology, mineral processing and extractive metallurgy.

Oral presentations:

The length of the oral presentations is 15 minutes, plus 5 minutes for discussion.

The specially invited oral presentations have a duration of 25 minutes, plus 5 minutes for discussion.

The standard format of visual presentations is Power Point or PDF files.


Posters are to be portrait in orientation (maximun size 90 cm wide by 120 cm high).

The posters are the most important part of the Archaeometry Symposium. Most papers are presented as posters and generate fruitful and interesting discussion. For this reason ample time is allocated for their presentation. Two poster sessions are planned  (2 hours each). During this time no other activities take place so the posters are well read and discussed. Authors must be available during the poster sessions to present them and answer questions related to their work. The posters remain up also during coffee and lunch breaks so they can be visited also outside the devoted poster session times.

Martin Aitken Student Poster Awards

The International Symposium on Archaeometry offers two awards in every venue for the two best student posters in honor of Martin J. Aitken. These awards were established after the ISA Meeting at Toronto in 1988, following the suggestion by Prof. Ronald Farquhar, the organizer of the Toronto meeting, who offered for this purpose the surplus of money that had been left over. After the exhaustion of the original fund the awards are now offered by each venue organizer and at present they are at the level of 200 Euros each - or the equivalent in USD.

Martin J. Aitken was a professor at the Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art, Oxford University. He started a series of meetings at Oxford in 1961 which were to become the International Symposium on Archaeometry. He was also the founder of the journal Archaeometry. Martin was the Chairman of the ISA Standing Committee until his retirement after 1986. He was a specialist in Thermoluminescence Dating but his broad knowledge on all dating techniques and other scientific approaches to archaeological finds made him a very important figure in such a way that can be considered as the Godfather of Archaeometry.

The ISA traditionally attracts many research students whose contribution to research in the field of Archaeological Sciences and to the Symposium is greatly appreciated. The purpose of the best student poster awards is to further encourage student participation in the ISA meetings and to highlight the contribution and importance of students in the research in the field. The aim of the awards is also to set examples for the best way of communicating and presenting the results to other scholars in the field.

Interested students are required to submit a PDF version of their poster by May 1st to:   with the subject “Martin Aitken Award”.


Criteria and guidelines for judging student posters

The student posters are judged by members of the Standing Committee of ISA using the following criteria:


ISA student posters should demonstrate clarity of content, quality of research, and best use of the poster format.

Specific guidelines

  1. Are the problem, methods, results, and conclusions clearly presented and easy to comprehend?
  2. Is the research competent? Is it also innovative to some degree? Are the techniques appropriate for the stated problem?
  3. A poster is not an oral paper. Has the student used the poster format to best advantage? That is, is the text clear, concise, and balanced by carefully selected, highly visible images and graphs? A poster, like a good museum exhibit, should be easy to read from a short distance and easy to understand in a short amount of time (please note: good layout and ease of comprehension are more important than fancy fonts, designer colours, or expensive materials).
  4. The student applying for a poster award must be the first author of the paper presented as poster. There is no limitation to the number of co-authors.

Requirements for student applicants

  1. The applicant must be a currently registered student.
  2. The applicant must be registered at the conference.
  3. The applicant must be present at the poster session to answer questions.


Taylor Student  Poster Award

The Society for Archaeological Sciences (SAS) invites applications for the R.E. Taylor Poster Award at the 42nd International Symposium on Archaeometry, 2018 in Merida.

This prestigious award acknowledges innovative student contributions to archaeological research through the use of scientific methods, and has enhanced the careers of prominent young scholars and professionals for more than a decade. The award is named in honor of Professor Emeritus R. Ervin Taylor of the University of California at Riverside for his outstanding contributions in the development and application of radiocarbon dating in archaeological research and his dedication to the founding of the SAS; his leading role as President (1980) and General Secretary (1981-2002) of the Society; and his committed service as editor of the SAS Bulletin. Professor Taylor's many valuable contributions were recognized by the SAA in 2004 with the Fryxell Award for Interdisciplinary Research.

The award consists of $100 US, a one-year SAS membership and subscription to the SAS Bulletin.

Entries will be judged on the significance of the archaeological problem, appropriateness of the methods used, soundness of conclusions, quality of the poster display, and oral presentation of the poster by the student, who should be the first author in order to be considered.

Students should submit an email application to Tatsuya Murakami () by May 12.

Applications must include the title and abstract of the poster, evidence that you have registered for the ISA meeting, and proof of your status as an undergraduate or graduate student. Email confirmation that your application has been received will be sent to you. Please keep this email confirmation.

In order to give the judges adequate time to posters, students will also be required to submit a PDF version of their poster on or before May 16.

Judges will be present in person at the ISA2018 meeting to judge posters and to ask students questions about their research. Prizes will be awarded at the ISA meeting during the closing ceremony.

Contact: Tatsuya Murakami ( )

Social program

During the Symposium, a variety of social activities will be offered to conferees in the early evening.

  • Sunday, May 20: Welcome Reception from 18:30 at the Historic Building of the Autonomous University of Yucatan (central yard)  
  • Wednesday, May 23: Visit and guided tour to Maya World Museum (17:00 to 19:00). Transportation to to the Museum from 16:20 hrs.  Cocktail from 19:00 hrs. Patio Triangular of the Museum. 
  • Thursday, May 24: ISA 2018 Gala Dinner from 20:00 hrs. Restaurant Los Almendros (Calle 50-A 493, Centro). Reservations are required.  
  • Saturday, May 26: Two optional post-conference excursions (full day tours) departing from the Central Building of the UADY at 8 am. Reservations are required.  

      Option 1. Chichen Itza and Izamal.

      Option 2. Uxmal and Kabah. Mani.