Report on the work of the Committee for archaeometric research in the structure of the Scientific Association of Polish Archaeologists (2022)

The commission was established in mid-2021. The essence of the Committee’s work is to coordinate and conduct archaeometric work, including teaching and popularization activities, using tools of archaeological sciences and exact and natural sciences for research in the field of learning and reconstructing the socio-cultural past of man. Archaeometric research, although conducted for many decades, is becoming increasingly important in archaeology. They enable the use of interdisciplinary research tools in archaeological research, allowing for the expansion of the cognitive horizon and interpretation possibilities. The essence of this research is the creation of teams of specialists representing many fields of science, which allows the formulation of research hypotheses that can be tested using a variety of advanced cognitive tools. In November 2021, the structure of the Committee was established: members of the Committee who were members of the Association were appointed (currently 6 people: Dr. Magdalena Piotrowska, Dr. Milena Teska, Dr. Marcin Bohr, Dr. Michał Krueger, Prof. Dr. Andrzej Michałowski, and Prof. Dr. hab. Przemysław Niedzielski) and the Committee’s Expert Team created by people from outside the Association (currently 3 people: Dr. Karolina Kot-Legieć, Dr. Lidia Kozak, and Dr. Jędrzej Proch). The composition of the Committee was determined at the beginning of May 2022 by invitations from the Chairman of the Committee, although we are open to applications from people interested in working in the Committee. In its short history, the Committee has several times become a link between people and units conducting work in the field of archeology (e.g. museums or PhD students from various universities) and teams prepared, for example, to perform chemical analyses.