Instrumentum International Meetings: Vehicles in Antiquity and Middle Ages 13th - 16th June 2017 Arles (F, Bouches-du-Rhône)

The next Instrumentum Meeting will be in Arles, at the Museum of Antiquity, co-organised by the Conseil Départemental des Bouches-du-Rhône and the LabEx Archimède – ASM « Archéologie des Sociétés Méditerranéennes » UMR 5140 (Univ Montpellier 3, CNRS, MCC) Montpellier, in partnership with the UMR 7299 « Centre Camille Jullian » (Aix Marseille Univ, CNRS, Minist Culture & Com, CCJ) Aix-en-Provence, the CREA-Patrimoine of the « Université Libre de Bruxelles », the « Maison de l’Orient et de la Méditerranée » (Université de Lyon 2, CNRS) and the LAMOP (Laboratoire Médiévistique Occidentale de Paris, UMR 8589, Univ Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne/CNRS).

The theme will be modes of transport in Antiquity et the Middle Ages and will focus in particular on the equipment and maintenance of land, river and sea vehicles. Four multi-period sessions are open:

1) land vehicles drawn by animals (waggons, chariots, carriages);

2) river transport vehicles (boats, canoes and their methods of traction or propulsion);

3) sea going vessels;

4) and, although not strictly adhering to the definition of vehicles, mounted horses.

Papers and posters will be presented on subjects such as objects, studies of transport across a site or region, restorations and experimental results, documentary studies, etc. They will include the component parts of vehicles (metal, wood, leather, basketry), the elements relating to their motion or operation (traction, propulsion, steering), accessories, trimmings and ornaments. Vehicles from occupation sites, maritime or road networks, craft-working sites, wrecks, graves, ports, etc. will be presented. The final program, the registration form for the conference and all information relating to the running of the event will be published in February 2017.

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