• Graduate Archaeology at Oxford (GAO)


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  • Graduate Archaeology at Oxford

    Annual International Conference 2019


    Venue: Lecture Theatre, Ioannou Centre, University of Oxford

    66 St Giles', Oxford OX1 3LU


    Date: 11-12th March 2019

  • Theme and topics


    The GAO conference aims to provide a platform for graduate students and early career researchers to present their works, discuss, and network with their peers and senior scholars from different fields. The theme of our 2019 conference is ‘Cause, Process and Impact of Interaction in Ancient Cultures’. Interaction here refers to cultural interaction between people and societies, and interaction between people and environment, landscape, fauna and flora. Studying interaction is one of the best ways to demonstrate changes in the human past. This conference which combines the fields of archaeology, classical archaeology, archaeological science and oriental studies, will allow researchers to explore interactions from different lenses.


    We invite topics that cover either the cause, process or impact of the interaction, or a combination of these, that are relevant to the above fields, from prehistoric and historic contexts in any regions. We also consider abstracts from the other fields if they fit well with the theme. Topics can include, but are not limited to theory and methodology, chronological sequence, movement of people or cultural activities, provenance of materials, materials/knowledge transmission, warfare and conflict, diet/subsidence strategy changes, invention and innovation, adaption of new practices, past climate and environmental reconstruction and changes, society hierarchy and organisation, socio-political complexity, inter-regional social/political/economic network.


    We accept oral presentations and posters to cover relevant topics. Prizes will be awarded for the best presentation and best poster.


    Faculty members are very welocme to attend this conference.


    Please see below for the registration and abstract submission details.

  • Conference Program

    Please note that the program is subject to change without notice .

    Day 1 Monday 11th March 2019


    9:00 AM – 9:30 AM: Welcome and registration

    9:30 AM – 10:30 AM: Keynote: Dr Amy Richardson - 'Scales of interaction in ancient worlds'

    10:00 AM – 11:00AM: Session 1 Interaction in Archaeology (part I)

    11:00 AM – 11:30 PM: Coffee Break

    11:30 PM – 1:00 PM: Session 2 Interaction in Archaeology (part II)

    1:00 PM – 2:30 PM: Lunch, BAR book stall and poster session

    2:30 PM – 4:00 PM: Session 3 Interaction in Classical Archaeology (Part I)

    4:00 PM – 4:30 PM: Coffee Break

    4:30 PM – 6:00 PM: Session 4 Interaction in Classical Archaeology (Part II)

    6:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Drinks reception


    Day 2 Tuesday 12th March 2019


    9:00 AM – 9:30 AM: Ashmolean museum tour

    9:30 AM – 10:30 AM: Session 5 – Interaction in Archaeological science (Part I)

    10:30 AM – 11:00 AM: Coffee Break

    11:00 AM – 12:30 PM: Session 6 – Interaction in Archaeological science (Part II)

    12:30 PM – 1:30 PM: Lunch, BAR book stall and poster session

    1:30 PM – 3:00 PM: Session 7 – Interaction in Oriental studies (Part I)

    3:00 PM – 3:30 PM: Coffee Break

    3:30 PM – 4:30 PM: Session 8 – Interaction in Oriental studies (Part II)

    4:30 PM – 5:30 PM: Keynote: Dr Susanne Hakenbeck

    5:30 PM – 6:00 PM: Prize Giving Ceremony

    6:00 PM: Conference dinner (TBD)


    *BAR Publishing will set up a book stall during lunch time on both days. They will also offer us a £70 BAR book voucher for the best presentation and a £50 BAR book voucher for the best poster. Additionally, we will offer a £30 Amazon voucher as a prize draw.

  • Keynote Speakers

    Dr Amy Richardson (University of Reading)

    Amy is developing a multi-pronged approach to understanding how networks of material exchange helped societies thrive. Drawing on scientific, materials-based approaches and theoretical perspectives, her research explores how the interactions between people and materials shaped ancient worlds, from the Epipalaeolithic to the Iron Age.

    Currently, Amy is Senior Researcher on the ERC-funded MENTICA project, working with Prof Roger Matthews on integrated community approaches to the Middle East Neolithic transition, coordinating fieldwork in Iraq and Iran, and managing data flow to conduct network analysis across the interdisciplinary strands of the project.

    Dr Susanne Hakenbeck (University of Cambridge)

  • Important dates


    Registration and call for abstracts

    Mid-November 2019


    Abstract submission deadline

    28th January 2019 (11:59 PM GTM+0)


    Notification of Abstract Acceptance

    The End of January 2019


    Registration deadline

    25th February 2019 (11:59 PM GTM+0)

  • Registration & Abstract Submission


    Abstracts for oral presentation and poster presentation should be sent to gaoconference2019@gmail.com by 28th January 2019 (11:59 GMT+0). Abstracts should be no more than 250 words, with the title of the proposed paper with 5 keywords, your full name, course or position, year of study (if applicable), your institution and department, and your email address.


    Registration for this conference should be made here by 25th February 2019 (11:59 GMT+0). Please note your place will only be secured once you have paid through the Oxford University Online shop. Ticket fee is £15, which includes conference entry, lunches, snacks, tea and coffee, a drinks reception and a museum tour.


    If you have any question in regard to the conference, please contact us at gaoconference2019@gmail.com.



  • Transport and Accommodation


    Aeroplanes - Birmingham airport is by far the closest to Oxford, followed by Heathrow and Gatwick. All of these have a bus service which runs to Oxford (National Express from Birmingham; The Airline from Heathrow and Gatwick). You can catch a train directly from Birmingham airport to Oxford train station. Be sure to use UK currency on The Airline bus services.


    Trains - Oxford has good rail connections with the rest of the UK. If it is possible, we recommend that you purchase your ticket in advance in order to save money - you can do this through websites such as thetrainline.com. The train station is centrally located and walking distance from the city centre.


    Coaches - The National Express runs services to Oxford (boarding and destination location dependant). The city centres central bus station is called Gloucester Green and is centrally located.

    *If coming from London, or through London, please be aware that there is a very regular and cheap bus service offered by the Oxford Tube and X90 which collects at numerous points in London and drops you at numerous locations through Oxford city centre and the central bus station, Gloucester Green.


    Air BnB - increasingly popular in the UK and provides an opportunity to stay in a house, flat or local residence with one or more persons.


    YHA Oxford - an established youth hostel immediately next to the train station that is low budget.


    B&Bs - a search engine providing a number of B&B options in Oxford, both centrally and just outside of the centre, catering to a range of budgets.


    University rooms - some search engines (https://www.universityrooms.com/en-GB/city/oxford/home; http://conference-oxford.com/bb-self-catering) providing a number of options to stay in Oxford University and Oxford Brookes college accommodation; you do not need to be a student or alumni of Oxford to stay here.

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