35th Anniversary of the Harris Matrix
International Conference on Archaeological Stratigraphy
Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna (Austria)
17th to 19th September 2008


17th September 2008

8.00 - 9.30 Registration
9.30 Opening of the conference

10.00 - 12.00 Session 1: Stratigraphic Theory
Chair: Edward C. Harris
10.00 - 10.30 Beyond the Surface - An update on stratigraphic theory
Wolfgang Neubauer, VIAS - University of Vienna (A)
10.30 - 11.00 Permutations of the Multilinear Stratigraphic Sequence: Pits, postholes, deposits and surfaces.
David Bibby, LfD Stuttgart (D)
11.00 - 11.30 Manmade stratigraphy - A discussion on architectural archaeology
Medri Maura, University of Genova (I)
11.30 - 12.00 Soils as material culture - The relations among sedimentary remains, methods and theory
Roderick Salisbury, University at Buffalo (USA)

12.00 - 13.30 Lunch

13.30 - 15.30 Session 2: Improvements in Stratigraphic Recording
Chair: Wolfgang Neubauer
13.30 - 14.00 Architectural Heritage Conservation: a Methodology to 3D Laser Scanning and Digital Photogrammetry Documentation
Sónia Filipe, Coimbra University (P)
14.00 - 14.30 Digital recording of stratigraphic excavations
Michael Doneus, University of Vienna (A)
14.30 - 15.00 The Harris Matrix Composer - A new tool to manage archaeological stratigraphy
Christoph Traxler, Vienna University of Technology (A)
15.00 - 15.30 New functions for the Harris Matrix diagram in digital 3D GIS model building
Undine Lieberwirth, Free University Berlin (D)

15.30 - 18.00 Session 3: Practices in Archaeological Stratigraphy
Chair: Klaus Löcker
15.30 - 16.00 Archaeological stratigraphy, theory and practices in Tula Hidalgo, México
Osvaldo José Sterpone, INAH Hidalgo (MEX)
16.00 - 16.30 Unit control and experiment in the process of archaeological stratification
Omran Garazhian, University of Teheran (IR)
16.30 - 17.00 The application of the Harris Matrix to rock art: experiences in South Africa
Thembi Russell, University of the Witwatersrand (ZA)
17.00 - 17.30 The walls of Troy II: Stratigraphic analysis of an old excavation using the Harris Matrix
Sinan Ünlüsoy, University Tübingen (D)
17.30 - 18.00 The stratigraphic interpretation of an archaeological site of the Argentine Puna
Leandro DŽAmore, University of Catamarca (RA)

18.00 - 18.30 coffee, wine and beer break
18.30 Honorary talk by E.C. Harris on 35 years of the Harris Matrix
Followed by a honorary ceremony and a reception

18th September 2008

9.30 - 12.00 Session 4: Theory and Practice in Archaeological Stratigraphy I
Chair: David Bibby
9.30 - 10.00 Holistic context analysis and the use of the composite Harris Matrix
Euphemia Photos-Jones, Analytical Services for Art and Archaeology, Glasgow (UK)
10.00 - 10.30 An unobservable time span in stratification: layers made by disasters
Leila Papoli Yadi, University of Teheran (IR)
10.30 - 11.00 The narrative form of archaeological stratigraphy
Leandro DŽAmore, University of Catamarca (RA)
11.00 - 11.30 The role of Harris Matrix on vertical and negative contexts in the stratigraphic sequences
Perumal Ravitchandirane, Tagore Arts College (IND)
11.30 - 12.00 The cat in the pit - A philosophical approach to excavation processes
Matthias Kucera & Klaus Löcker, VIAS - University of Vienna (A)

12.00 - 13.30 Lunch

13.30 - 15.40 Session 5: Theory and Practice in Archaeological Stratigraphy II
Chair: Michael Doneus
13.30 - 14.00 Harris Matrix and ethnoarchaeological studies in Archaeological Stratigraphy
Veerasamy Selvakumar, Tamil University (IND)
14.00 - 14.30 Soil Phosphate Analysis on Neolithic Catalhöyük Sediments in Anatolia
Ali Akin Akyol, Ankara University (TR)
14.30 - 15.00 Archaeological stratigraphy and painted surfaces
José Manuel Barros García, Polytechnical University of Valencia (E)
15.00 - 15.20 3D-recording of the stratigrapic excavation at Steinabrunn, Austria
Petra Schneidhofer, VIAS – University of Vienna (A)
15.20 - 15.40 From stratification to stratigraphy – a transformation process
Martin Fera, VIAS - University of Vienna (A)

16.00 - 23.00 Evening excursion to Heldenberg:
museum and archaeological park on the oldest European Monuments (4800-4500 BC) followed by a reception

19th September 2008

8.00 - 23.00 Excursion to
The Archaeological Park Schwarzenbach (Late Iron Age hillfort)
The Archaeological Park Carnuntum (Roman Town)

Saturday & Sunday
20th & 21st September 2008

Optional excursion to the prehistoric salt mines of Hallstatt (limited access)


Conference Main
Excursion Heldenberg
Excursion Schwarzenbach Carnuntum
Excursion Hallstatt