The second Public Archaeology Twitter Conference will take place on 17 November 2017. The theme of the conference will be:

An Equitable Archaeology?

We are currently devising a timetable and details will be posted here in due course.

We are holding this conference to continue our attempts to challenge the status quo in terms of communication, diversity and inclusivity. After all, conference attendance has many issues, such as funding and accessibility, so these formats can contribute information which can be used to make archaeology more accessible within as well as outside the profession.

Conferences that cost over £400 to attend are no longer financially viable for most people. Conferences that charge large fees and discuss public and community archaeology are excluding the participants, communities and colleagues with whom we work who do not have access to travel and conference funds, those with caring responsibilities, those with disabilities, or simply those who do not have enough time to travel long distances. There needs to be an alternative.

The hashtag for the November 2017 event will be #PATC again.

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

See you on the 17th!


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