Having been inspired by the World Seabird Conference this Twitter only conference on public archaeology will kick off at 9.15 am (BST) on Friday 28th April 2017.

The 2017 Public Archaeology Twitter Conference has over 50 papers from a wide variety of locations across the world, and paper timings will run all day so that the conference can cover multiple time zones. Navigation for the site can be found in the top menu bar where you can find the timetable,abstracts and more information on how the conference will run.

I am doing this for partly academic enjoyment, for fun, as well as to attempt something new in terms of communication (as well as to add to my body of work on the use of Twitter as part of digital public archaeology). This is also as an experiment in using social media to encourage diversity and inclusivity. After all, conference attendance has many issues, such as funding and accessibility, so this experiment could contribute information which can be used to make archaeology more accessible within as well as outside the profession.

The hashtag for the event will be #PATC

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to use the contact page or tweet me @LornaRichardson

See you on the 28th!

Timetable for #PATC

Keynote Speakers for Thursday 27th April:

Dr Colleen Morgan & Professor Shawn Graham 

4.30pm BST Dr Colleen Morgan

Truth & Beauty Bombs: The personal/political/poetics of online communication in archaeology

Abstract: In the theatre of howling outrage that is post-Trump-Brexit-Erdogan-etc social media can we hope to create and communicate meaningful interventions in archaeology?
Biography: Colleen Morgan is the Centre for Digital Heritage Postdoctoral Research Fellow and an Associate Lecturer in the Department of Archaeology at the University of York. She conducts research on digital media and archaeology, with a special focus on embodiment, avatars, genetics and bioarchaeology. She is interested in building archaeological narratives with emerging technology, including photography, video, mobile and locative devices. Through archaeological making she explores past lifeways and our current understanding of heritage, especially regarding issues of authority, authenticity, and identity.
5pm BST Professor Shawn Graham 
Can public archaeology be ‘done’ by a machine?
Abstract: Is it still public archaeology if it’s written by a machine? With a machine? For a machine? In this piece, my bots and I wonder about the way we are ensnared online and off in meshworks and correspondences, juxtapositions and transductions, of power and data, and what this might mean. Where does the human end and the machine begin? We wonder about creativity and procedural generation and the essentially algorithmic nature of archaeology. We offer no answers, but maybe, pose the right questions.
Biography: Shawn Graham is a confused Digital, Roman, Archaeologist hiding in the Department of History at Carleton University carleton.ca. Once upon a time he studied stamped bricks as proxies for power and control of land and resources around Rome. Nowadays, he’s fascinated by computer generated art, procedural design, methods, and theory.  He thinks out loud about these things at electricarchaeology.ca. He’s working on building a new journal called ‘Epoiesen’ as a venue for creative engagements with history and archaeology, and is also building an integrated virtual computer and text book for teaching digital archaeology called ODATE (https://electricarchaeology.ca/?s=odate ). This keeps him busy and somewhat out of trouble.

Timetable for Friday 28th April

Please keep an eye on the conference hashtag #PATC for the latest news

PATC Timetable 2 (updated 10 April)

Instructions for Contributors

Hello contributors!

First of all, thank you very much for proposing your paper for the first ever Public Archaeology Twitter Conference! You took a leap of faith and now we have a programme of 56 papers, 61 ‘speakers’ from seven countries and eight time-zones spread over 14 hours!

This is an experiment, but, having been inspired by the World Seabird Twitter Conference, it makes sense to share and adapt (i.e. nick) some of their hints and tips from their experiences.

You have been given a time slot in which to tweet your research based on your geographic location. Make sure your account is not private and your tweets are not protected, otherwise we will be unable to see them.

Draft your tweets ahead of time in order to avoid issues during the event.

  • Presentations have 15 minutes each and are allowed a maximum of 12 tweets (each tweet is 140 characters). Tweet one per minute or similar, which will then allow some time for questions or comments.
  • Every tweet should be numbered and start with the hashtag #PATC (e.g., 1 #PATC). You could try replying to yourself with each tweet, so that they are displayed together on Twitter.
  • Your tweets should start with an introductory tweet (which includes your theme tag – see below).
  • Links and pictures are encouraged!

Theme tags for the introductory tweets only are:

  • #archpol – Public sector archaeology
  • #indarch – Archaeology by the public
  • #commarch – Professionally-led community archaeology
  • #openarch – Open Access archaeology
  • #pubarch – Academic public archaeology
  • #arched – Archaeology and education
  • #archmedia – Archaeology and media