The next Landscape Archaeology Conference (LAC) will take place in Madrid in June of 2021. Since the first meeting in Amsterdam in 2010, the biennial conferences of the International Association of Landscape Archaeology-IALA have developed a certain prestige and tradition. The conference is both international and interdisciplinary and is open to an increasing number of participants.
Landscape Archaeology is much more than just archaeology, it is a composite of methodologies that encompasses various disciplines such as anthropology, environmental science, geography, geology, cultural heritage management, landscape architecture and history. Thus, the LAC 2020+1 is a forum where sedimentological study and the history of art both coexist.
Madrid is the capital of Spain and is in the heart of the Meseta Castellana, the central plateau of the Iberian Peninsula. This region has been historically linked with the formation of the Spanish Empire, and as such it is a landscape of power intimately linked to the tensions that historically have been associated with the state in Spain. Hemingway described Madrid as “The most Spanish of all cities.” It is a cosmopolitan city and a hub for all of the diversity the comprises the country. It is endowed with important cultural resources such as the Prado-Recoletos axis, and it is encompassed by a multitude of nearby UNESCO world heritage sites.