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EAA 2023 – To Notre-Dame de Paris and Beyond – Appel à communications

Nous vous informons de la tenue d’une session intitulée “To Notre-Dame de Paris and Beyond. Materials Studies of Building Heritage as Observatories of Ancient Societies” (#435)” que nous organisons au 29e congrès de l’EAA (European Archaeology Association) et à laquelle nous vous invitons à participer. Le congrès se tiendra du 30 août au 2 septembre 2023 à Belfast (et en ligne).

La session souhaite discuter de l’apport des études matérielles appliquées aux monuments anciens et de l’éclairage qu’elles offrent sur les sociétés passées. Un résumé plus détaillé est donné ci-dessous.

Il s’agira d’une session « classique » composée de présentations orales (15 minutes), de posters et une discussion finale.

L’appel à communication est ouvert jusqu’au 9 février 2023. Plus d’informations sur la 29e réunion annuelle de l’EAA et le formulaire de soumission sont disponibles en ligne, sur le site de la  conférence :

We are holding a session entitled “To Notre-Dame de Paris and Beyond. Materials Studies of Building Heritage as Observatories of Ancient Societies” (#435)” at the 29th Congress of the European Archaeology Association (EAA) in which your contributions are welcome. The conference will be hosted from 30 August to 2 September 2023 in Belfast (and online).

The session aims to discuss the contribution of material studies applied to ancient monuments and the insights they offer into past societies. A more detailed summary is available below.

It will be a “regular” session consisting of oral presentations (15 minutes), posters and a final discussion.

The call for papers is open until 9 February 2023. More information about the 29th EAA Annual Meeting and the submission form are available online at the conference website:

The organisers:

Maxime L’Héritier, Stephan Albrecht, Philippe Dillmann, Olivier Girardclos

Session: #435


1. Artefacts, Buildings & Ecofacts


To Notre-Dame de Paris and Beyond. Materials Studies of Building Heritage as Observatories of Ancient Societies


Monuments constitute important material evidence of ancient societies that survive to this day. The analysis of their construction materials provides information not only on their erection, their chronology and the technical or aesthetic choices made by the builders, but also represents a wider insight into the societies that built or maintained them. In particular, major construction sites are ideal observatories of ancient worlds, due to the diversity of materials used: stone, plaster, mortar, wood, metal, stained glass, etc., and the financial means of their commissioners, who sometimes possessed certain resources, but also had to acquire others through the market. Finally, the implementation of certain building materials in their context, associated with their dating, can reveal social or religious practices and their evolution.
The development of archaeometric studies on all these materials over the last decades now makes it possible to accurately reconstitute the supply networks of these sites, thus providing information on the circulation and trade of raw materials, but also sometimes on their operating chain and manufacturing processes. In addition, certain materials such as wood record climatic variations and therefore also provide information on the reconstruction of past landscapes. These monuments thus provide access to a whole range of socio-economic, political and environmental knowledge and the joint and interdisciplinary study of different materials on the same monument and over a long period of time also allows fundamental comparisons to be made.
The fire at Notre-Dame de Paris and the restoration that followed mobilized researchers from all fields of research to address these issues on a single monument, whose remains are now widely available for archaeometric approaches. Beyond the example of the Paris cathedral, this session will be an opportunity to approach other monuments from the same angle in order to provide an interdisciplinary and diachronic vision of these questions.


Building yards, Construction materials, Archaeometry, Production, Provenance & trade, Climate