Call for Participants: CAA 2012: Roundtable discussion ‘Problems, methods and solutions in archaeological prospection’

At CAA 2012 in Southampton, from 26th – 29th March, I will be hosting a session (supported by ISAP) that, at its heart, aims to bring together people for different ‘prospection’ sub-communities in archaeology: geophysics, satellite remote sensing and aerial methods. I would ideally like to have representatives from geospatial and visualisation specialisms as well.

The main conference website is here:

And the call for papers here:

This session was thought up at the ISAP conference in Izmir back in September where we decided it would be good to get together with some of the other communities that face similar challenges to us and talk about solutions and the potential for co-operation.

Since then, there has been an extended discussion on the ISAP list about the archive and dissemination of geophysical data, which certainly crosses over into the themes for the session, and in particular my enthusiasm for the open methods store the AARG are working on. Whilst this is certainly a useful topic for discussion during the session I am hoping we can be rather more wide-ranging that this- I don’t want it to be the only thing we manage to talk about!

With this in mind, if you would like to participate, please email me at ‘nameofthisblog’ @ gmail dot com. I’ll want  a short biography and a quick description of what you currently work on, and what you’d like to get out of the session. That way I can have a look in advance for common themes and try to give the discussion some structure.

The sort of outputs I would like to see are:

  • Collaborations between geophysics groups and other groups
  • Ideas for workshops and conferences, again bringing different sub-disciplines together
  • Guidelines (or agreements to start working on them) for the sorts of issues discussed on the ISAP list
  • Formalising some of the recent ideas on the ISAP list and deciding how to move forward

At present, I am not sure if participants in the session will need to submit something via the CAA website. As no-one is formally ‘presenting’ I am guessing not, but you will need to ensure you register for the conference when booking opens on December 1st.  The session is in the Geospatial Technologies track, as session code Geo8.

Thanks for reading, I hope to see you in Southampton,


As a short postscript, I’d particularly welcome the participation of folks from: the LBI, the DART project, The Landscape Research Centre, the APRG at Mainz, the AARG, CIDOC people, visualisation/reconstruction people, the GEOSIG of the IFA and the MAPSIG of CAA, but the more the merrier! If you think your perspective is relevant and I haven’t mentioned you then it’s all the more important that you come along!

A copy of the session abstract can be seen by clicking here.

The Aftermath

I am back from the UK.

I didn’t have as much time to write as I wanted to, and I didn’t take very many pictures. I plan to blog and upload the ones I did take tomorrow. I am a bit sad, the not-spouse-creature is a bit stressed and all this business of leave-taking has me wrung out.

We did have a fantastic time in not-quite-Wales playing games in a Castle, we did go to Marwell and see amazing animals, we did see lots of friends, eat nice meals and talk long into to the night.

Right now I think a shower and bed are a good idea. I wish I could make him feel better 😦