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


The conference theme is:

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?

Timetable (all times BST)

0900       Intro from Lorna and Jim

0915       SESSION 1

0915       Barriers in physical conference attendance – Cara Hirst @Cara_Hirst

0930       The Archaeology Conventions Prevented – Reem H. Furjani @ReemHgs

0945       The Two-World Problem: the Language of Archaeology in Southeast Asia – Noel Hidalgo Tan @seaarch

1000       Part-timing in Archaeology: the good, the bad and the ugly – Anita Radini @AnitaRadini

1015       Decarbonising archaeology for a more open archaeology – Natasha Reynolds @Tash_Reynolds

1030       Faifley Rocks! Recording prehistoric rock-art in an urban setting – Alison Douglas & Kenny Brophy @urbanprehisto

1045       How-How vs Ha-Ha – Pat Lockley @Pgogy

1100       Discussion/BREAK 

1115       SESSION 2

1130       “Knowing where to find it isn’t always easy” – Findings of a Community Archaeology Resource Review – Clemency Cooper @ClemencyCooper

1145       International volunteering workcamps in archaeology: challenges and opportunities – Daniel Salinas Córdova @DanielSalinas00

1200       ‘No no’s’ – Lessons learned from the Historic Graves Project – John Tierney @historicgraves

1215       When is graffiti, graffiti? Exploring and recording heritage and heritage crime, young people have their say – Alison McCandlish @CrenellatedArts & Antonia Thomas @assemblagiste

1230       Building Communities, Making Tracks, Leaving Traces: The Hatfield Neolithic Trackway Project – Laura Higgens Smith & Benjamin Gearey @BenjaminGearey

1245       What motivates, and what troubles, archaeology-related Facebook administrators? Results from a focus group and interviewing study – Ingrida Kelpsiene @ridaliute & Costis Dallas @costisid

1300       AGNES – Archaeological Grey-literature Named Entity Search – Alex Brandsen @alex_brandsen

1315       Discussion 

1330       Lunch break feat. DJ MC Rhymehard 

1430       SESSION 3 

1430       #DiggingWhileDepressed: A Call for Mental Health Awareness in Archaeology – Alex Fitzpatrick @ArchaeologyFitz

1445       Why participation? – Harald Fredheim @haraldfred

1500       Museum Archaeology on Open Access – without prescription – Gail Boyle @Boyle123G

1515      Engaging Delegates Through Conference Spaces – Dawn Cansfield @DrDawnCansfield

1530       Kindness as best practice – why it’s so much more than just being nice – Coralie Acheson @coralfrog

1545       “All archaeology, no excavation! Accessing archaeology through reinvestigating historic sources and ‘archival’ research” – Sophie Jorgensen-Rideout @SophieJR6

1600       What lessons can we obtain from the history of archaeology? – Alicia Colson & Penelope Foreman @colson_alicia

1615       Discussion/BREAK 

1645       SESSION 4 

1645       Social Virtual Archaeology: An Experiment in Public Archaeology – Charles Webster @wareFLO

1700       “Access to knowledge: Round Table Discussion versus public talks and displays” – Heather McKillop @underwatermaya

1715       Dogs and their People: Promoting a Multivocal Archaeology – Matthew Marino @RealMattMarino

1730       Public access to three-dimensional model of human bones and potential ethical issues: the opinion of United States residents – Vanessa Campanacho & Francisca Alves Cardoso @VCampanacho

1745       Open Access Bonetrade Research – Shawn Graham @electricarchaeo

1800       Discussion/BREAK 

1830       SESSION 5 

1830       The Partage Divide and its Relationship to Unequal Terms of Collections Access – Kyle G. Olson @sfrnmh

1845       The Cognitive Burden of Marginalization in Archaeology – Laura Heath-Stout @lauraheathstout

1900       Stop Waiting for Permission: Democratizing Public Archaeology – Kevin M O’Briant @kmobriant

1915       There and Back Again: Thinking About Accessibility in Archaeological Field Work – Rebecca Gibson @rgibsongirl

1930       “Public archaeology is fine but….”: Building Up and Breaking Down Barriers in Archaeology – Stephanie Halmhofer @bones_canada

1945       Remembering the impact of activism on archaeological practice – Kate Ellenberger @precatlady

2000       Discussion 

2030-2045       CLOSING KEYNOTE


In #PATC4 we want to discuss Access, Barriers and Participation.

 ACCESS will look at the benefits of an open archaeology, whether that openness is demonstrated through physical access, interdisciplinarity, public engagement, or even how we define the very word. We want to examine what archaeology stands to gain by being open to all or, equally, how we address those situations where access can be productively other than open. When we call for better access, who are we asking for it? Who can help? Does accessibility have any limits in a meaningful archaeology.

 BARRIERS will examine the nature of the obstacles stopping people doing archaeology in the way they want to, or even being archaeologists at all. Every one of us has experienced barriers or gate-keeping. It is not always intentional, but sometimes very much is. Here we want to identify and examine instances of obstruction in archaeology, how to spot and understand them, how they come about, and what we can do to stop people being illegitimately stopped from doing their archaeology.

PARTICIPATION addresses the issue of who gets to do archaeology, how we encourage participatory practice and co-production beyond our immediate networks, and how we can create archaeological practices that seek to engage as widely as possible. Where do the main problems in encouraging participation lie? What are the benefits in working with archaeologists outside the profession, or academia? How can we get better at working in ways that encourage participation?

We welcome all proposals addressing these issues, or any other takes on the conference theme. We particularly welcome archaeologists practicing outside traditional archaeological spaces.

We also welcome papers on any other archaeological theme or subject area, which we will run in a ‘miscellaneous’ session, in case anyone wants the opportunity to participate in a digital archaeology conference, but won’t be able to speak to the public archaeology theme of this CfP.

Deadline for paper abstracts: July 31st 2019.

Please email your paper proposal to BOTH jamesdixonresearch@yahoo.co.uk and lorna.richardson@uea.ac.uk

We hold these conferences in order to continue our attempts to challenge the conference status quo in terms of communication, diversity and inclusivity. Conference attendance has many issues, such as funding and accessibility, so these formats can contribute information which can be used to make archaeology safer and 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.

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