CAA Australasia Conference 2021 | Session Abstracts

The Call for Papers for the CAA Australasia 2021 Digital Archaeology Conference is now open. You can view the session abstracts below. You can submit an abstract for a paper here. Poster abstracts can be submitted here. Papers that do not fit into one of the sessions will sorted into a general session.

The CFP will close on Friday 28 August. Please note that presenting at the conference is open only to members of CAA Australasia. Membership for 2021 is currently free and you can sign up or renew your membership here. All submissions will be subject to review by the CAA Australasia committee. You will receive confirmation of your submission no later than one week after the closing date of the call for papers.

If you have any queries about the sessions or submission you can contact us here.


Convenor(s): Matthew Barrett and Joshua Emmitt, The University of Auckland

Recording and surveying archaeological work is a varied and rapidly developing practice. Since the uptake of digital recording methods, the amount of data being generated has increased, along with the ways in which these data are recorded. Paper-based recording is giving way to a suite of digital equipment such as total stations and GPS for generating spatial data, digital cameras and laser scanners for three-dimensional modelling, and drones for aerial photography. Equally varied are the ways in which these different surveying methods are being integrated into workflows and how data are being integrated into site- or project-wide databases to meet specific needs. This session invites papers that present archaeological survey and recording methodologies and workflows from the scale of the excavation unit to the wider landscape.


Convenor(s): Thomas Keep, The University of Melbourne

In the pandemic years of 2020 and 2021, the pre-existing need for remote access to heritage materials was emphasized, as opportunities for travel to visit collections were curtailed, and even domestic collections became periodically inaccessible. Photogrammetric modelling has been adopted by a number of major heritage collections across the globe and uploaded to the internet to preserve some degree of experience of their collections when in-person visits are no longer possible. Photogrammetry is also being utilized in research excavations in the development of new research and excavation methodologies, as in Early Bronze Age sites on Keros, Greece.

With the method growing in applications and popularity, this session would invite people to express the various applications they have undertaken, and discuss the benefits and challenges they have faced. I would like to suggest a panel session, with a group of speakers each presenting for 10-15 minutes, followed by 10-15 minutes for discussion or field questions from the audience.


Convenor(s): Frederick Hardtke, Macquarie University

Rock Art is an important form of material culture providing valuable insights into the ways of past cultures, enhancing and enriching other forms of evidence.  It is because of the global cultural and historical significance of rock art, as well as the threats to its survival, that we look to ensuring it is better conserved, appreciated and understood for the benefit of contemporary communities and future generations. Ensuring the deployment of the latest, best practice techniques and tools is thus our responsibility to ensure the highest possible usefulness, accuracy and fidelity of what we record. This session will explore the most contemporary approaches to digital techniques in working with rock art from its recording, to rendering for other audiences to interpretation. Rock art brings with it unique challenges in recording and interpretation and requires special techniques to facilitate its research. We will therefore review the latest in on-site database development, the various methods of 3D capture and photogrammetry, how we digitally “bring the rock art home” to other audiences, electronic tracing and other digital capture techniques currently being deployed in rock art research.


Convenor(s): Liying Wang, University of Washington

The development of novel computer applications for archaeology provides significant contributions to expand our understanding of ancient cultures. Computational methods help reveal hidden patterns in data we collect and have been commonly applied in many archaeological fields and practices in recent years. This session aims to bring together archaeologists working in East and Southeast Asia using computational methods and statistical techniques for data analysis or data collection to answer anthropological questions. Since many places in this region share similar cultural traditions and archaeology, one goal of this session is to provide an opportunity for researchers to exchange ideas as a basis for future establishment of an East/Southeast Asia chapter. This session will showcase the diversity of applications, including computational modeling, GIS, network analysis, or any other applications of digital and quantitative methods to archaeological data from new perspectives. Every speaker will give a 15-20 mins presentation and the session will end with a brief discussion of a new CAA local chapter. Submissions from early career researchers are particularly encouraged and welcome.

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