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In the news: Traditional exploitation of rock-salt recorded on the field

ethnosalro-salt-rock-extraction-VranceaAn exceptional anthropological document: traditional extraction of rock salt in the Carpathian piedmont of Romania.

In the news: International Conference on Salt, Tokyo, 3rd September 2016

Tabacco and Salt Museum frontpageDr Takamune Kawashima from Yamaguchi University (Japan) will organise on the 3rd September 2016 an international conference regarding salt (history, archaeology, ethnology, anthropology…) in Tokyo after the WAC conference, in cooperation with the Tobacco & Salt Museum.

In the news: Preparatory Meeting (16-23 February 2016, Los Cabos, Mexico) for the organization of the Second International Congress on the Anthropology of Salt

2nd-Japan-Romania-Seminar-on-Salt-Studies2nd-Japan-Romania-Seminar-on-Salt-StudiesThe initiative for this meeting belonged to CEEIT (director Dr Tamara Montalvo Arce).

On this occasion, Prof. Dr Ramon Ojeda Mestre was elected Executive President of the next congress.

In the news: Japan-Romania Second Seminar on Salt Studies, March 25, 2016, Iasi, Romania

2nd-Japan-Romania-Seminar-on-Salt-StudiesThe University of Iasi will be the host of the Japan-Romania Second Seminar on Salt Studies on Friday, March 25, 2016, Iasi, Romania.

In the news: Interviews with Prof. Giorgio Buccellati and Prof. Ian W. Brown

Interviews with two reputable specialists: Prof. Dr Giorgio Buccellati (UCLA) and Prof. Dr Ian W. Brown (University of Alabama) on their work and projects on the archaeology of salt.

In the news: Session ‘The Archaeological Heritage of Salt: Preserving and Interpreting’ at 2016 ICAHM Conference!

The 2016 International Commitee on Archaeological Heritage Management Conference will be held in Salalah, Oman, between the 2nd and 5th of May. The meeting will feature the sesssion entitled The Archaeological Heritage of Salt: Preserving and Interpreting, proposed by the EthnosalRo members Marius Alexianu, Olivier Weller, Robin Brigand and Roxana-Gabriela Curcă.

In the news: Session ‘Archaeology of Salt between Local and Global’ at the 8th World Archaeological Congress!

The session Archaeology of Salt between Local and Global, organised by M. Alexianu (“Al. I. Cuza” Univ. of Iasi / Romania), T. Kawashima (Yamaguchi University / Japan), O. Weller (UMR 8215 Trajectories / France), R. Brigand (UMR 8215 Trajectories / France) and F.-A. Tencariu (“Al. I. Cuza” Univ. of Iasi / Romania), will be held at the 8th World Archaeological Congress, 28 Aug–2 Sept 2016, Kyoto, Japan.

In the news: Article awarded by UEFISCDI!

The article by F.A. Tencariu, M. Alexianu, V. Cotiugă, V. Vasilache and I. Sandu, Briquetage and salt cakes: an experimental approach of a prehistoric technique, has received the UEFISCDI award of the Romanian Ministry of Education and Scientific Research for excellence in scientific publication.

In the news: the International Encyclopedia of Salt in the making!

The project to elaborate the International Encyclopedia of Salt has been launched at the initiative of Dr Ramón Ojeda-Mestre.

In the news: the first edition of International Congress on the Anthropology of Salt successfully completes in Iași. The second edition is set to take place in Mexico, 2018!

The excellent team forefronted by Dr Ramón Ojeda-Mestre, President of the Centro de Estudios Integrales de la Innovación y el Territorio, has taken upon themselves the organisation of the second edition, which will take in Los Cabos, Mexico, 2018.

In the news: first successful archaeological experiment to produce salt cakes!

Felix-Adrian Tencariu, Marius Alexianu, Vasile Cotiugă, Viorica Vasilache, Ion Sandu, Briquetage and salt cakes: an experimental approach of a prehistoric technique. Journal of Archaeological Science, vol. 59, July 2015, pp. 118–131, DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2015.04.016.

Project abstract

This ethno-archaeological project on salt — a primordial reference of humanity — is a worldwide first, both from a methodological perspective, and in terms of the area covered. Starting from an original Romanian study published in 1992, the project continues the research carried out since 2003 by a Franco-Romanian team with that conducted within a Romanian Idei CNCSIS (2007-2010) exploratory project — This approach was put into practice in the Eastern Subcarpathian area of Romania, with impressive results.

The extension of the researches to the whole extra-Carpathian area is justified by the exigencies specific to a saturated model. Unlike the previous project, the research takes into account — besides salt springs — the salt mountains/cliffs from this area; the correlations between their exploitations are thus systematically analyzed for the very first time in the world. The project has two main research directions: the identification of the salt springs and salt mountains/cliffs and the adjacent archaeological vestiges, and the ethnological investigation through spatial analysis. The resulting data, modelled and interpreted exhaustively, corroborated with the available ancient and medieval sources, will constitute a solid reference (by capitalising on a situation that is unique in Europe) for research in any area of the globe where there are archaeological traces of salt exploitation but where currently there are no non-industrial exploitation practices. The research will underline the universal invariants, without omitting the idiographic behaviours.

Salt Effect BAR 2015


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