Thank you for your participation in the twin conference SMIA XI / X
Meeting on Stratigraphy in Helsinki. We hope that your stay was
comfortable and that you enjoyed the lectures and discussions as much as
we did.

In Helsinki we had some talk about a suitable way of publishing the
conference proceedings. We have now successfully started to negotiate
with MASF (Monographs of the Archaeological Society in Finland). MASF is
a prestigious peer-reviewed open access-publication which is published
principally as an online version. You can see the previous volumes of

Since we decided to opt for a high standard publication series, all
submitted manuscripts will go through a normal anonymous peer-review
-process. The editors of the volume will be Mikael A. Manninen (Univ. of
Oslo). Petro Pesonen (Finnish National Board of Antiquities), Kati Salo
(Univ. of Helsinki), Liisa Seppänen (Univ. of Turku) and Kristiina
Mannermaa (Univ. of Helsinki/Archaeological Society of Finland).

If you are interested in publishing your paper in our conference
proceedings, we would kindly ask you to acknowledge your interest to
Kristiina Mannermaa
(kristiina.mannermaa (at) by January 31, 2016.

The deadline for the articles is May 31, 2016. 

Scientific Committee for SMIA

The participants of the Helsinki XI Nordic Conference on the Application of Scientific Methods in Archaeology decided to re-establish the SMIA Nordic Committee.
The first committee members (in alphabetical order) are:

Dr. Laura Arppe, Laboratory of Chronology, Finnish Museum of Natural History (Finland)

Prof. Kerstin Lidén, Archaeological Research Laboratory, Stockholm University (Sweden)
Dr. Kristiina Mannermaa, Department of Archaeology, University of Helsinki (Finland)
Prof. Wolfgang Neubauer, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute ArchPro (Austria)
Dr. Per Persson, Cultural Historical Museum, University of Oslo (Norway)
Dr. Felix Riede, Aarhus University Moesgård, Department of Archaeology (Denmark)
It was also agreed that the committee can invite more members.



Attention participants!

Still not registered? Registration through our www-pages is still open until the 8th of October! The late registration fee is 120 € (90 € for students, including doctoral students).

All enquiries about registration should be sent to the address

Please note that after the 8th of October, it is possible to pay the conference fee at the conference registration desk (in cash only).

Information for presenters!

After a few finishing touches, we will soon publish the session timetable for the X Meeting on Stratigraphy and the SMIA XI. Meanwhile, just a quick word of advice for presenters.

Presentations (spoken) should be ca. 20 minutes long, and there will be 5-10 minutes reserved for discussion after each presentation.

Posters should preferably be size A0, but A1 is also accepted. You should be prepared to present the poster at the conference.

Do not forget to register before 30 September! The conference fee is 100 €, excepting students (including PhD students) for whom the fee is 70 €.

We look forward to seeing you all in Helsinki next month!

Important note to presenters!

We have just found out that some abstracts that were sent to the smia-helsinki email address, never arrived to the scientific committee due to a problem in the email forwarding system.

If you sent an abstract and have not received the decision from the committee yet, please contact the conference secretary immediately: paula.kouki (a)

We apologize for this!



The scientific committee has now evaluated the abstracts for papers and posters, and notifications about acceptance have been sent to the participants. More information about the timetable as well as guidelines for posters and presentations will be available soon.

Remember to register! Registration for the conference is open until September 30!

New deadlines!

The deadline for sending abstracts to the twin conferences has been postponed. The new deadline is June 30, 2015. Please send your abstracts of no more than 250 words to smia-helsinki(at)

The speakers will be informed of acceptance by August 15, 2015.

The registration is now open!

The registration fee for the conference is 100 €/70 € (full fee/student). The last date for registration is September 30, 2015.

Register here. 


The common themes for the twin conferences:

  • The Baltic Sea
  • Demography, diet and health
  • Geophysical prospection
  • Scientific dating methods and stratigraphic practices

Call for papers!

We invite presentations on the following topics:

For the X Nordic Meeting on Stratigraphy:

  • stratigraphical practices and problem solving
  • natural and human impact on urban and rural sites
  • geophysical methods and stratigraphy
  • underwater stratigraphy
  • paleobotanical methods in stratigraphical contexts


  • material studies – elemental analyses
  • dating methods
  • stable isotopes
  • geophysical prospection
  • osteology and paleopathology
  • ancient DNA
  • biological indicators
  • paleoclimate
  • paleodemography
  • new methods and techniques

Participants can have two posters or presentations in each conference.

Please send any further inquiries to: paula.kouki(at)