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2017 April - Tenth Experimental Archaeology Conference EAC10, Leiden (NL) - Call for papers

We are pleased to announce the 2nd Call for Papers for the 10th Experimental Archaeology Conference (#EAC10), which will be held in Leiden, Netherlands, on the 20th-22nd April 2017. Venue is the Faculty of Archaeology of Leiden University for the first two days, with an excursion on the final day.

The International Experimental Archaeology Conference encourages the exchange and sharing of new work in experimental archaeology. It facilitates the discussion of recent developments within the ever-growing community of experimental archaeologists, archaeologists, primitive technologists, interpreters, open-air museum affiliates, and interpreters. 

Experimental archaeology encompasses controlled scientific experiments as well as a vast array of other closely related activities. Although an archaeological experiment must be hypothesis driven, the insight gained through activities that are not as scientifically structured including experiential archaeology and primitive technology can be equally informative. The true value is realized when the results of research are related back to the archaeological record, enabling the creation of a cohesive and insightful interpretation which would be impossible to obtain solely from original artefacts. 

For the first call for papers, we received dozens good suggestions. In order to offer opportunities to those who could not reply this early, we come with a second call. We still have slots available. We therefore invite papers presenting the results from all aspects of the aforementioned research categories, with particular focus on: 

The scope of experimental archaeology, distinguishing between full experiments, pilot experiments, pre-experiments, experiential activities, public demonstrations and hobby projects.
Projects which strongly relate to the archaeological record (original sources and end results)
Improving ways of promoting experimental archaeology in academic research.
How to communicate experiments to the academic community and to the public.

Papers are 15 minutes, posters are presented in 5 minutes and all should be in English. We offer the possibility of publishing in the proceedings in the EXARC Journal. In order to maintain the low cost and high accessibility of this conference, poster and paper presenters will need to register and pay the appropriate fees.

Please send an abstract (max 100 words) including details of the authors who will be present at the conference and whether you would like a poster or a paper to: The deadline for submission is the 5th of November 2016. It is however possible that all slots are reserved before that date. 

Guidelines for Paper Presentations

Papers are 15 minutes in length and are in English only. Although the archaeological backgrounds are important, please focus on the experimental activities of your research and the message you aim to get across.

We aim on publishing all PowerPoint presentations online at Slideshare.

Guidelines for Poster Presentations

We will publish all posters online and therefore request a digital copy in high resolution to be sent to us by April 15. The posters will be projected on the big screen while you present it in a talk of 5 minutes. 

Each poster display should include the title and authors and should be in English. Posters should be maximum DIN A1 portrait (standing), not landscape (84.1 cm tall × 59.4 cm wide – 33.1 x 23.4 in). Contact the event organisers if your poster has other dimensions. Posters are presented to the audience between the papers in short 5-minute sessions. You need to send us your poster too as JPG to be shown on the screen.

Since one of the clear advantages of poster presentations is sustained interaction with the "audience," we urge presenters to spend as much time as possible with their material. Consider printing small copies of your poster to hand out.

Useful links

How to make yours one of the Good presentations:
Visual Aids for Presentations:
An overview of the previous nine experimental archaeology conferences


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