EAC Student & Early Career Symposium on Digital Archaeology

Call for Papers: Abstract deadline 29 January 2016

16-17 March 2016, Brighton, United Kingdom.

The annual European Archaeological Council (EAC) Symposium focusing on Digital Archaeology will be held in March 2016 in Brighton, England. The aim of this year’s EAC symposium is to explore exciting developments in digital technologies and consider how they may become embedded in general archaeological policy and practice over the next few years. As ambassadors of the future, we want students and early career to provide their vision as input to the discussions about “Digital Archaeology” and the future of the field.

The Student & Early Career Symposium will last one and a half days (Wed16th March 10.00 – Thurs 17th March 12.30 GMT) and will feed into the main Symposium (Thurs 17th March 13.00 – Fri 18th March 17.30 GMT). The student and early career gathering will mirror the three general themes of the Symposium:

Measuring and Sensing. The aim of this session is to explore developments in how we perceive, identify and characterize archaeological landscapes, sites and artefacts. From hyperspectral satellite imagery through Structure from Motion photographic techniques to sub-millimetric laser scanning, our capacity to use vast processing power to visualize archaeology has developed dramatically over the last 20 years and led directly to wonderful new discoveries even on very well studied sites.

Data to Knowledge. Information technology is unlocking the way we create information from raw data. We can now mine vast datasets to find associations, perceive patterns or serve up rich Geographic Information systems for national heritage protection or sophisticated research, and we are learning how to organise, manage, and curate these priceless archives and how to represent our knowledge in open linked data sets that become accessible to other researchers to use. This session will explore new approaches being adopted by member states.

Visualising the Past. This session will review the ways in which we can and may in the future present archaeology and its interpretation to professionals and the wider public alike, ways which continue to develop at a breath-taking speed. 3D-printing, immersive technologies, Augmented Reality, and Haptics are just a few examples of the remarkable advances, which seem set to change the way people access, explore, and enjoy archaeological knowledge.

Please include the theme(s) you intend to address in your presentation. Given the fixed number of sessions, sessions are expected to involve presentations of 20 minutes long. Authors will be notified by the end of January and a preliminary programme will be circulated as soon as possible thereafter.

Please send abstracts to keats.webb@seaha-cdt.ac.uk by 29th January 2016. For further details, please visit: http://culturalinformatics.org.uk/serw.