Graduate Archaeology at Oxford Annual Conference 2013: What’s New? Innovation in archaeology and the archaeology of innovation

UK, Oxford, 22-23 March 2013

Deadline: 15 February 2013

Graduate Archaeology at Oxford would like to invite graduate students and recent post docs for paper submissions to this year’s GAO Conference: What’s New? Innovation in archaeology and the archaeology of innovation.

22nd-23rd March 2013: Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine studies, 66 St Giles, Oxford Graduate Archaeology at Oxford invites submissions for papers and posters to be presented at the annual conference in Oxford, March 2013.

This year the GAO annual conference is asking what’s new in archaeology. Of interest are papers that explore any and all facets of innovation connected to archaeology, whether that’s the archaeological study of past innovations, or innovation within the discipline itself.

Areas of interest include:

1.The idea of innovation. Novelty, revolution, improvement… What does the concept of innovation mean, and how can it be usefully applied by archaeologists?

2. Innovation in the past. From the earliest development of hominid technology to the archaeology of Modernity, what contributions is archaeology making to the study of the material development of new ideas, technologies, and ways of living?

3. New techniques or methods. What new applications of scientific techniques, new fieldwork methods, or other new ways of doing archaeology are currently being developed and applied?

4. New discoveries. Whether they’re the result of a serendipitous find, or of years of painstaking searching, new discoveries have the power to revolutionise our knowledge about the past. Tell us about the ones that you’re involved in.

5. New theories and ideas. Archaeology as a discipline has benefitted greatly from the application and adaptation of a huge number of theoretical and ideological perspectives. What new theories – or old theories applied in new ways – are changing your area of archaeology.

Abstracts of up to 300 words with name, institution, and presentation title of the speaker should be sent to [email protected] by 15th February 2013.

Especially welcomed are posters from students who are at an early stage of their research. Presenter registration is £35 and includes the conference dinner, wine reception, coffee and lunches.

For any questions relating to the conference, please contact [email protected] or [email protected], or visit