Book of Abstracts Call for Abstracts Proceedings Schedule

We are glad to inform you that the third edition of our International Symposium, Homines, Funera, Astra III: Death and Fire in Ancient Times, will take place at the “1 Decembrie 1918” University of Alba Iulia (Romania) from the 15th to the 18th of September, 2013.

This scientific meeting will regroup archaeologists and anthropologists around the subject of funerary anthropology concerning the prehistory, protohistory, antiquity, and medieval periods.

Suggested topics for this year’s edition are: cremation, secondary burials with burning traces on the bones, forensic anthropology and forensic archaeology in the context of fire traces, lighting artifacts discovered in funerary contexts, historical and archaeological proofs of fire usage in funerary practices, fire rituals in funerary practices, partially burned human and animal bones in funerary contexts found in association with other remains that were not burnt.

The interdisciplinary approach will provide the opportunity to exchange viewpoints experiences and results concerning the proposed thematic.

The program of this event is:

Sunday, 15 September: Welcoming the participants at Alba Iulia. Registration Monday, 16 September: Lectures and panel session

Tuesday, 17 September: Lectures and panel session; Field trip

Wednesday, 18 September: Departure of participants

Papers and abstracts may be presented in English and French.

The publication of the proceedings of this international symposium has already been arranged.

Proceedings of the first edition have already been published: R. Kogălniceanu, R. Curcă, M. Gligor, S. Straton (Eds.), Homines, Funera, Astra. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Funerary Anthropology. 5-8 June 2011, ‘1 Decembrie 1918’ University (Alba Iulia, Romania), Oxford, Archaeopress, BAR International Series 2410, 2012, 197p (ISBN 978-140-731-008-4).

Proceedings of the second edition will be also published in BAR this year.

Accommodation and meals will be provided by the organizers.

In case you decide to accept our invitation, the deadline for sending a half-page abstract together with an image (plan, photo or else) to dr. Raluca Kogălniceanu ( is 30th of June 2013.