The fourth (4th) Public Archaeology Twitter Conference will take place on 5th September 2019. 

The theme of the conference will be:

Archaeology: Access, Barriers and Participation

Is archaeology ‘for all’ or does it remain an elite professional pursuit and a niche hobby? How can archaeologists best involve their stakeholders, co-produce archaeological work and ensure archaeology is accessible, safe and open? How do members of the public want to be involved? Do they at all? How does law, policy and planning affect how archaeology is undertaken and shared? Do you need a qualification to be an archaeologist, or is experience enough?

We welcome papers on these issues and more – a full CfP will be posted in April.

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 September 2019 event will be #PATC4.

You can also email lorna.richardson@uea.ac.uk for more information

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