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CHAT 2012: The CHAT Olympiad - celebrating 10 years of contemporary and historical archaeology

Location: Kings Manor (University of York)

Dates: 16-18 November 2012

Cost: £40 (waged); £20 (unwaged) to cover conference sessions, teas and coffees

CHAT 2012 Conference Poster (PDF , 278kb) 

Those who remember CHAT 2003 (Bristol) will recall a radical new event on the conference calendar – a small, plenary and multi-disciplinary conference compared by some to the early days of TAG. Young researchers shared the stand with established scholars, from archaeology, history, anthropology, cultural studies, art history and beyond. The conference has continued every year, in the same vein, attracting a diverse range of contributors, and always (with the exception of 2011) plenary. But while archaeology has remained a central theme, the nature and the character of that archaeology has evolved, always provoking its critics to ask whether this is archaeology, or rather the proper business of archaeologists. Much has happened to archaeology over the last decade, and perhaps ― in some small part ― CHAT has contributed to the change.

In 2012 we are in reflective mood, looking back on a decade of contemporary and historical archaeology, looking forward to the next decade, and celebratory of all that is good (and relevant) about contemporary and historical archaeology. The papers within the programme, therefore, explore a wide range of aspects in what is still a developing field, with many of them challenging existing ideas. 

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You can now register and pay for the conference by using the University's online store: and selecting Product Catalogue - Archaeology - CHAT.

If you have any further questions, please e-mail the committe using the address above.

Conference venue and accommodation 

The venue for the conference is:
The King’s Manor, University of York, Exhibition Square, York YO1 7EP.

Details of how to find the venue can be found here:

To plan your journey, use this site:

A range of different kinds of accommodation at different prices can be booked through Visit York, the York Tourist Information Service, here: Use the venue location postcode (YO1 7EP) to help you find a hotel or bed and breakfast close to The King’s Manor.


The programme for the conference, including speakers and abstracts, can be downloaded here: CHAT 2012 Conference Programme (PDF , 664kb)   

Please note that the full programme, will not be provided in hard-copy at the conference. Therefore, please download and print it out if you want to be able to refer back to it while you are here.

Conference Timetable

(CHAT 2012 Conference Timetable (PDF , 67kb))

Friday 16th Nov

12.00 - 13.50    Registration

14.00 - 14.10    Welcome

14.10 - 15.30    Session 1 (Gabriel Moshenka, Dan Hicks, Ross Wilson)


16.00 - 17.20    Session 2 (Gabriella Soto, Laura McAtackney et al, Leila Papoli Yazdi & Maryam Dezhamkhooy)

18.00 - 19.30    Evening Reception - Barley Hall

Saturday 17th Nov

09.30 - 11.10    Session 3 (Stella Jackson & Nicola Wray, Craig Cessford, Suzanne Lilley, Katherine Fennelly)


11.40 – 13.00    Session 4 (John Sabol, Matt Edgeworth, Paul Graves-Brown)


14.00 – 15.40    Session 5 (Václav Matoušek, Quentin Lewis, Robert Maxwell, Marjolijn Kok & Elles Besselsen)


16.10 – 18.00    Session 6 (Joanna Bruck, Katherine Foxton, Sian Jones, Steven Leech & Ruth Colton

18.00 – 19.30    Evening Reception – King’s Manor Senior Common Room

Sunday 18th Nov

09.30 – 11.10    Session 7 (Donnelly Hayde, Hilary Orange, Paul Mullins, Ralph Mills)


11.30 – 13.00    Session 8 (James Symonds, Tomáš Hirt, Ron Wright)

Afternoon - delegates are welcome to visit York Archaeological Trust attractions, such as Jorvik or DIG, or the York Cold War Bunker which is run by English Heritage

Alternative Book Sale

There will be a book sale of second hand books at the conference, so all conference attendees are invited to bring with them any books they no longer have use for. Proceeds from the sale will go towards funding archaeology and heritage related field trips and volunteer experiences for homeless people in York.

About CHAT

The CHAT group was established in February 2003 to provide opportunities for dialogue to develop among researchers in the fields of later historical archaeology and the archaeology of the contemporary world. The group is based in Britain, but encourages international perspectives. It is grounded in archaeology, but promotes interdisciplinary dialogue. Since its establishment, the group has held annual conferences in November. The group publishes its conference proceedings and other single authored monographs as part of the Studies in Contemporary and Historical Archaeology series, published by Archaeopress. For more details see

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