Landscape archaeology is a rapidly expanding field of research that is covered by scholars from an increasing number of disciplines, such as archaeology, earth sciences, historical geography, ecology and anthropology. In order to stimulate international debate and exchange of research experiences and theoretical ideas between these disciplines, in 2010 it was decided to start a series conferences at two years intervals.

The 3rd International Landscape Archaeology Conference took place at the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (KNIR) and the Swedish Institute, which have hosted the congress in close collaboration with the Research institute for the heritage and history of the Cultural Landscape and Urban Environment (CLUE) of the VU University Amsterdam.

The International Association of Landscape Archaeology (IALA) is an association under formation aiming at promoting interdisciplinary research in the field of landscape archaeology. IALA will provide a platform for archaeologists, cultural and earth scientists and researchers from neighbouring disciplines to present and discuss results from this broad field of landscape research between the sciences and humanities. Building on the tradition of the previous Landscape Archaeology Conferences held in Amsterdam in 2010, in Berlin in 2012, and in Rome in 2014, IALA will be officially launched 23-25 August 2016 during the 4th international Landscape Archaeology Conference in Uppsala, Sweden (www.iala-lac.org)