Farming in the Forest
Ecology and Economy of Fire in Prehistoric Agriculture
3rd International Schöntal Conference, 11-15 July 2012, Kloster Schöntal, Germany
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Call for papers:

The 3rd Schöntal Symposium seeks to bring together archaeologists, soil scientists, palaeobotanists, archaeozoologists, historians and geographers interested in pre-industrial agriculture. Different modes of cultivation, ranging from horticulture to forest fallow systems, including the regular use of fire might be discussed in terms of their economic potential and environmental impact. Related topics are the (still widely unexplored) `archaeology of manure`, the interdependence between cultivation practices and spatial / temporal settlement patterns as well as livestock management. We equally welcome papers and posters on charcoal and Black Carbon in soils, vegetation recovering after fire and historical/ethnographical evidence for fire-based agriculture.

Please announce the precise title of your paper or poster until December 31, 2011. The deadline for the submission of abstracts is March 31, 2012. Posters should be submitted in size A1, printed on good quality paper.

The languages of the congress are English, French and German. Presentations and posters should be written in English.

It is intended to publish the conference proceedings as special issue of Vegetation History and Archaeobotany.

Registrations are still possible until March 15, 2012!


Please register by email to, providing your name, institution, title of your paper or poster, required accommodation and interest in Workshop/Excursion. You can copy and paste the following form to use it in your Email.

Institution or address:

I would like to present a Paper(=presentation)/Poster: (title)

I`m interested in the workshop by E. Schulz (Indicators in soil - Human impact and regeneration) on Wed, 11 July: (yes/no)

I`m interested in an additional excursion to the meteorite impact crater Nördlinger Ries on Sun, 15 July: (yes/no)

Accommodation 3 nights, departure in the afternoon on Sat, 14 July:
- Full board, double room (about 185 euro plus conference fee 50 euro = 235 euro) (_)
- Full board, single room (about 215 euro plus conference fee 50 euro = 265 euro) (_)

Accommodation 4 nights, departure after breakfast on Sun, 15 July:
- Full board, double room (about 236 euro plus conference fee 50 euro = 286 euro)(+ 15 euro for the excursion)(_)
- Full board, single room (about 276 euro plus conference fee 50 euro = 325 euro)(+ 15 euro for the excursion)(_)

The conference fee will be 50 euro until March 31, 2012, thereafter 80 euro. Accommodation will be provided at Kloster Schöntal, full board residential includes breakfast, first coffee break, lunch, second coffee break, evening meal and accommodation.

In Schöntal there is no shop except a café and a souvenir-shop, so self-supply is difficult. We would recommend to book the full board residential at Kloster Schöntal. Notice that there are no other costs except your travel expenses and the registration fee (50 euro).

The registration fee includes:
- Access to the meeting sessions (inkl. workshop) and exhibitions
- congress documentation and abstracts (print and digital)
- excursion to the experimental site with demonstrations of methods and results, outdoor lunch and barbecue in the evening
- guided tour through Schöntal abbey
- shuttle service from and to nearby train stations (Möckmühl, Krautheim etc.) if required
- childcare if required

Guests from nearby can book only the day programme and meals (without accommodation) or only single days (please ask for prices).

For accompanying persons/family: we can also book the accommodation (please ask). Around Kloster Schöntal there are ample gardens, a children`s playground and an access to the river Jagst with swimming area and lawn. There are also many hiking trails.

For guests with a low budget we can provide financial assistance. We can also look for a low budget accommodation if you explicitly wish.

Your accommodation can be booked for you by the organisers, please specify your required type of room and duration of stay.

Complete costs for participation and accommodation:
Only symposium or symposium and workshop (3 nights):
DR: 50 euro + 185 euro = 235 euro
SR: 50 euro + 215 euro = 265 euro
Additional night (because of travel scheduling or Nördlinger Ries excursion):
DR: 50 euro + 236 euro = 286 euro (+ 15 euro for the excursion)
SR: 50 euro + 276 euro = 325 euro (+ 15 euro for the excursion)

Please remit the registration fee (50 euro) until March, 31, 2012. For later registrations the fee will be 80 euro. The accommodation can be paid directly during the meeting. If you want to pay the accommodation in advance you can remit it to the same account and we will pass it on to the Kloster Schöntal. Guests from outside the EU who have difficulties or high costs for bank transfers to Germany are allowed to pay the reduced registration fee of 50 euro at the beginning of the meeting, but please send your abstract or an acceptance mail until March, 31, 2012, in order that we know you will come.

Payments can be made by bank transfer to the following account:

The bank transfer must indicate the name of the participant and as reference SCHONTAL SYMPOSIUM.

We send you a confirmation by email as soon as we got your registration fee. If you need an account or receipt prior to the meeting, we can send it by mail (if you need a signature) or email, otherwise you get it during the meeting.

If you cancel your registration we remit the paid money back to your account less bank charges and a handling fee of 20 euro. Cancellations until March, 31, 2012 are free of charge (beside these mentioned above), after that date the costs are according to the terms and conditions of Kloster Schöntal up to 80 percent of the booked services.