The DIG 2021 Conference

Developing International Geoarchaeology (DIG) is a series of international conferences that bring together a wide variety of international researchers, practitioners and students in this diverse and interdisciplinary field, in order to facilitate discussion, stimulate research, and promote international scholarship in geoarchaeology.

The 9th DIG Conference will be hosted by the University of Algarve and organised by the Interdisciplinary Center for Archaeology and Evolution of Human Behavior (ICArEHB) from the 17-21 of May 2021.

Given the current uncertainties about the health situation, the DIG 2021 committee has prepared a contingency plan with two options, as follows:

1st option – Face-to-Face meeting: The DIG 2021 organisers will closely monitor and analyse the evolving situation around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and the worldwide impact of this pandemic. Our priority is to hold the DIG 2021 conference through a face-to-face conference in order to keep facilitating discussion, stimulating research, and promoting international scholarship in Geoarchaeology. However, of course the safety of the attendants is our priority. Therefore, in case a face-to-face meeting is possible by May 2021, we will ensure all the necessary social distancing measures will be taken by having: open air venues for the coffee breaks, distancing of at least 2 m between each participant in the auditorium, obligatory use of personal masks, availability of hand sanitizers, and maximizing hygiene standards by disinfecting common used space and materials.

While nothing can quite replace the unique benefits of face-to-face gatherings, the uncertainty of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on travel restrictions and health guidelines raises important concerns regarding personal safety and public health appropriateness. For this reason, the possibility of holding a face-to face meeting will be reassessed, and a final decision communicated to all participants by February 15th 2021.

2nd option – Virtual Meeting: In case a face to face meeting is not possible, the DIG 2021 will prepare a virtual meeting. This will ensure that we are still able to present our results and foment discussion with our peers. The committee is looking into several options for virtual meeting formats and the details on how to upload talks and scheduling of discussion days will be communicated in due time. Registration fees will be minimal in case of a virtual meeting.

The abstract submission and registration deadlines have been aligned according to this plan. Time table and guidelines for submission can be found here.

DIGscope workshop

To be announced.

Organising Comitee:

Vera Aldeias; Alvise Barbieri; Carlos Duarte; Cruz Ferro-Vázquez; Chase Murphree; Flora Schilt