CAA 2012 Registration system is now open

19 Jan

The CAA2012 registration system is now open:

http://www.southampton.ac.uk/caa2012/registration/index.html

The early bird registration rates will end on 1 February. We very much look forward to seeing you in Southampton in March.

As part of the registration process we would very much like you to provide us with your social media profiles e.g. twitter, linkedin, academia etc. If you agree we will place these on the CAA2012 website in order to create an online community in advance of the conference and to help interactions during and after it. Please also follow @caasoton if you are a twitter user for regular updates.

See you in March!

 

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II Congreso de Prehistoria de Andalucía

12 Jan

Dear All,

Here is the programme of the 2nd Prehistory of Andalucía Congress. I’m sure this could be interesting for some of you, so if you are around Spain or want to visit the awesome archaeological site of the Antequera Dolmens, come along!  The meeting is taking place 15, 16 and 17 of February.

Hola a todos,

Aqui esta el programa del 2do Congreso de Prehistoria de Andalucía. Tendra lugar en el impresionante sitio arqueológico de los dolmenes de Antequera del 16 al 17 de Febrero. Espero poder ver a algunos de ustedes por allí.

2nd Prehistory of Andalucia Congress – Programme 

 

CAA 2012 Timetable out now

27 Dec

CAA Southampton

Hey guys, I hope you had a great holiday. Here is the timetable for CAA 2012.

More news soon 🙂

CAA 2012 TIMETABLE

CAA2012 – Extended Deadline

1 Dec

CAA2012 – Extended Deadline

It has been a crazy day at CAA2012 HQ. We are now approaching 300 submissions for the conference, with an amazing range of topics. So, thank you VERY much for your submissions.

We have also received a lot of requests for slightly more time, and so we have decided to extend the deadline until 11:59pm UK time on Wednesday 7th December. Submission is via the Open Conference System.

We will still endeavour to release the programme before Christmas so to help the referees please get your submissions in as early as possible.

We will also be announcing the registration fees and process next week.

The website also carries details of the Student Bursary application process which is now open. Also remember the Recycle Award.

Finally you can now follow us on twitter via #caasoton

Debating Spatial Archaeology

28 Nov

Hey guys, I thought this could be of great interest 🙂

DEBATING SPATIAL ARCHAEOLOGY.
Internationl Workshop on Landscape and Spatial Analysis in Archaeology
Santander, June 2012

Debating Spatial Archaeology

The study of spatiality is one of the most important issues in Archaeology. Since the very first moments of the discipline, the understanding of spatial relations has been a key factor for interpreting past social dynamics. The importance of spatial analyses has led to the appearance of specific issues within Archaeology, such as Landscape Archaeology, Spatial Statistics, Cognitive Archaeology, etc., all of which can broadly be included within the Spatial Archaeology issue. On the other hand, in recent years there has been great improvement in recording methods and analysis tools, mainly thanks to the generalization of GIS, which has contributed to the development of spatial analyses.

However, these methodological improvements and conceptual developments have not always had an accompanying parallel theoretical dissertation about the real application of spatial analyses to archaeological interpretations; spatial analyses usually focus on geographic data and cartographic outcomes which have to be inserted into a previously defined, fixed framework valid in its own right, instead of really trying to link those results with the proposed interpretations. In these cases, space is automatically assumed to be a fully significant concept, either from an economic or relational perspective, but without a serious discussion of what it really means with relation to each particular case.

The main aim of the Debating Spatial Archaeology International Workshop is to provide a debate forum where archaeologists can discuss what space means in Archaeology, how it is perceived and interpreted by archaeologists, and why. Keeping in mind the need for a connection between methodology issues, analysis results and interpretations, participants are encouraged not only to analyse spatial variability, but to point out the probable reasons for such variability from in terms of social space, as well as to discuss how their spatial analyses can improve the understanding of social and historical dynamics within their case studies.

http://www.spatialarchaeology.unican.es/Default.aspx

Second Call for Papers Computer Applications in Archaeology 2012

26 Nov

CAA Southampton

CAA2012 Call for Papers

Submissions are requested for the 2012 Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology to be hosted by the Archaeological Computing Research Group in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Southampton.http://www.caa2012.org

The main aim of the CAA conference is to bring together researchers, professionals and students with an interest in the field of computer applications and quantitative methods in archaeology. We therefore welcome submission of abstracts in English of up to 500 words that:

–              Describe original, technically excellent, critical, and/or synthetic research

–              Focus on interesting computation and/ or quantitative methods and theories applied in archaeology and related disciplines

You may choose to present your research via a long paper (20 minutes plus 10 minutes for questions and handover), short paper (10 minutes plus 5 minutes for questions and handover), or a poster. You may submit your research to a specific proposed session or to the general session. Poster sessions will run on each day of the conference and posters will be linked in the conference documents and website to the sessions to which they were submitted. Please indicate your preference in your submission.

Provisionally the conference will be divided into six themes:

1.            Data Analysis, Modelling, Management, Integration and Visualisation

2.            Field and Lab Recording

3.            Geospatial technologies

4.            Human Computer Interaction, Multimedia and Museums

5.            Simulating the Past

6.            Theoretical Approaches and Context of Archaeological Computation

The list of proposed sessions is available online:

http://www.southampton.ac.uk/caa2012/submissions/CAA2012_proposed_sessions.pdf

You should submit your paper via the CAA2012 Open Conference System available online:

https://www.ocs.soton.ac.uk/index.php/CAA/2012/schedConf/cfp

The deadline is 11:59pm 30 November 2011. Accepted papers will be announced and conference booking system will open on 21st December 2011. Please note that at least one of the authors of a paper or poster must be registered for and attend the conference.

All research presented at CAA2012 may be submitted after the conference for peer review for publication in the conference proceedings. These will be published prior to CAA2013.

Note: If you would like your paper to be considered for the CAA Recycle Award then please indicate this in your submission:

http://www.southampton.ac.uk/caa2012/award/index.html

Look also for our session about the study of movement:

Loc(i) Motion: Current technologies and computational methodologies for exploring human movement in the past and present

Computer Applications in Archaeology – Call for papers

7 Nov

Hey guys,

We are pleased to announce that the call for papers is open for our session in the CAA conference that is taking place at the University of Southampton in March 2012.

Loc(i) Motion: Current technologies and computational methodologies for exploring human movement in the past and present

Patricia Murrieta-Flores*, Angeliky Chrysanthi* and Stuart Dunn^

*University of Southampton

^King’s College London

Human movement and mobility has always been a challenging topic in the field of archaeology –involving research both in past and contemporary settings- due to the static nature of material culture which usually conditions both its interpretation and reception. Research on movement also, features in discourses pertinent to spatial perception, wayfinding and embodied experience providing thus, an ideal ground for interdisciplinary research.

Movement in past societies can be considered a scalar phenomenon whose study requires the consideration of diverse temporal and spatial scales. In order to understand how people travelled and moved during the past, it is necessary to delve into a series of theoretical and practical issues that range from the basic variables and factors that affect human movement such as physiology, perception, and social relationships, to the specific conditions of the environment in which the studied society lived. In the past decade, a wide range of computational approaches in different disciplines has been developed helping us to shed light into a variety of hypothesis related to human movement.

Similarly, current technological advances in motion capture, tracking systems and simulation techniques enable the study of human movement and the experience of moving both in real and virtual spaces; and to extrapolate from one to the other. This has unlocked a variety of new territories for research and practice-led work which informs the computer-mediated fields of heritage such as site and visitor management, fieldwork, serious games in cultural heritage, museology and visitor experience studies. It also allows us to (re) consider some of the assumptions that lie behind the capture and presentation of 3D imagery of archaeological features and environments.

The purpose of this session is to bring together the various technologies and computational methodologies used by archaeologists and other specialists that explore past and present human movement. We also welcome papers that examine potential lines of collaboration on this topic between a diversity of fields like physiology, psychology, archaeology, heritage management, design and computer science.

http://www.southampton.ac.uk/caa2012/submissions/index.html
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