Past Events

Digital Archaeology Conference 2020

CAA Australasia held its first ever online conference on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th, September 2020! You can find the conference program here. A full list of paper and poster abstracts can be found here. You can watch the recorded conference talks by going to either page, and clicking on the link in the titles. You can also view the posters here.

Summer Institute 2020, North Stradbroke Island

The second CAA Australasia Institute was held from 2nd – 5th February 2020 at the University of Queensland’s Moreton Bay Research Station on North Stradbroke Island.

The Institute involved an intensive, 4 day residential writing workshop. The goal of the Summer Institute is to produce a textbook on digital methods in archaeology, with a focus on the work done by archaeologists working and based in Australasia.

Digital technologies are an ever-increasing component of all archaeological work, but currently there is no textbook that archaeology undergraduates can turn to which provides a comprehensive overview and introduction to digital methodologies. This publication aims to fill that gap and be a handbook for the next generation of archaeologists from across Australasia.

Topics to explored in the textbook inclued:

  • Virtual Reality
  • Geophysics
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Remote Sensing
  • Photogrammetry
  • 3D modelling and analysis
  • Data management, licensing and intellectual property
  • Simulation and agent modelling
  • Theory and ethics

Digital Applications in Archaeology, November 2019

This free event was hosted by the University of Melbourne is chance to learn new skills and hear about innovative new research. The day was broken into two parts, a Workshop led by Dr Ian Johnson on sustainable archaeological data practices, and a Forum with multiple speakers from across academia and the commercial sector presenting case studies applying digital technologies to archaeological problems.

Presenters on the day were:

  • Dr Michelle Negus Cleary, Dr Vincent Clark and Associates – Digital applications in contract archaeology
  • Kellie Youngs – Digitising Cypriot glass and faience: production, innovation and interconnections in the Late Bronze Age Mediterranean
  • Dr Emily Fitzgerald and Dr Aleks Michalewicz – The Samtavro Cemetery data visualisation project
  • A/Prof Andrew Jamieson – Archaeology, curriculum engagement, object-based learning and digital applications
  • Ben Waters, Siii Projects – A museum made digital
  • Dr Sharyn Volk – Tomb in a Box: Interactive Tactile and Auditory OBL experiences
  • Grace Quiason and Mitch Buzza – Arts eTeaching – producing ancient world digital media content
  • Dr Simon Young, Lithodomos VR – Virtual reality and the reconstruction of ancient worlds
  • Final discussion and adjourn for drinks

This event was sponsored by SHAPS and the Digital Studio, Faculty of Arts, The University of Melbourne and Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology – Australasia.

Spring Institute 2017, Kioloa

The first CAA Australasia Spring Institute was held from 3rd – 8th September 2017 at the ANU’s Kioloa Coastal Campus, jointly organised by CAA Australasia and the Department of Archaeology, University of Sydney.

The Institute involved an intensive, five day, small-group (limit 30), residential, informal meeting promoting information exchange, training, networking and collaboration around a number of digital themes.

The event involved a group of about 20 CAA Australasia members, who spent the week getting to know each other and discussing all things digital archaeology in beautiful Kioloa, NSW.

CAA Conference, Perth 2013

The Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA) Annual Conference is the major international event in the calendar for scholars, specialists and experts in the field of informatic applications to archaeological, historical and cultural heritage scholarship.

The 41st Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology ACROSS SPACE AND TIME Conference was held for the first time in Australia in 2013, to explore a multitude of topics to showcase ground-breaking technologies and best practice from various archaeological, historical, cultural heritage and informatics disciplines, with a variety of case studies from all over the world. Some of these topics were specific to the Australasian region and included the application of computer science to cultural heritage management, historical archaeology, landscape archaeology, maritime archaeology, and rock art.

The conference was held at the University Club of Western Australia, Perth (Western Australia), from 25th to 28th March 2013.

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