Call for Papers: the 2009 Conference of Computer Applications to Archaeology (CAA)

at the 2009 Conference of Computer Applications to Archaeology (CAA)
Deadline: October 15, 2008

The 37th annual conference on Computer Applications to Archaeology (CAA) will take place at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in Williamsburg, Virginia from March 22 to 26, 2009. The conference will bring together students and scholars to explore current theory and applications of quantitative methods and information technology in the field of archaeology. CAA members come from a diverse range of disciplines, including archaeology, anthropology, art and architectural history, computer science, geography, geomatics, historic preservation, museum studies, and urban history. For full information, please see the conference web site at

The annual meetings of CAA, typically attended by 350-500 students and scholars from around the world, are normally devoted to topics such as: agent-based models, bioarchaeology, CIDOC and other digital standards, databases, 3D data capture and modeling, data management systems and other field applications, GIS, predictive modeling, open source software in archaeology, photogrammetry and imaging, prospection and remote sensing, quantitative methods, high precision surveying, virtual museums, and virtual reality.

Submissions of proposals for sessions, round tables, and workshops will be due by October 15, 2008. The online submission system can be found at Submitters will be notified of the results by mid-November, when the call for individual papers and posters will be open. Abstracts for individual papers and posters will be due by December 15, 2008.


Session organizers should provide a session invitation of 300 to 500 words relating to a well-defined theme. You should define the topic, explain its importance, and suggest the specific themes or issues that might be appropriately addressed by your contributors. A session can consist of two or three 90-minute blocks of time punctuated by a 15-minute break. It typically consists of six, but no more than nine, presentations and should include time for debate and discussion as well as an introduction and a wrap-up. Session proposals may include one or more abstracts of papers that will be presented, but will normally leave open the possibility for members of CAA to apply to participate in the proposed session. All session proposals will be evaluated by the Scientific Committee for their quality and relevance. This review will take into account any paper abstracts you include with your session proposal. Once a proposal has been accepted, it is placed on the conference web page, and an invitation is issued for additional paper abstracts to be submitted to your session. The session organizer will advise the Scientific Committee on which papers should be accepted or rejected for their session. The organizer will also be responsible for scheduling the order of presentations, presiding over the session, and for nominating two or three of the papers for publication in the printed acts of the conference.

Round Tables and Workshops

Round table and workshop organizers should provide an invitation of 300 to 500 words introducing the discussion topic.

A round table proposal includes a list of four to eight panel members (names and affiliations) from at least two different countries. It should address a topic of general interest to the CAA community. The round table organizer must ensure that the panel members agree to attend the conference and take part in the round table. A round table organizer is the chairperson and acts as moderator. A time slot of 90 minutes will be allocated to each round table discussion. All round table proposals will be evaluated by the Scientific Committee for their quality and relevance.

A workshop typically consists of a software and/or hardware demonstration in which the audience can actively participate. The proposal must include information on the duration (not to exceed 135 minutes), experience level, and prerequisites of the targeted audience as well as the maximum number of participants. Along with the proposal, a list of the presenters and their affiliations is required.

CAA 2009 Scientific Committee
Prof. Bernard Frischer, The University of Virginia (chair) []
Prof. Peter Bol, Harvard University
Dr. Wolfgang Börner, City of Vienna
Prof. John Dobbins, The University of Virginia
Lisa Fischer, The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Prof. Arne Flaten, Coastal Carolina University
Prof. Maurizio Forte, University of California, Merced
Prof. Alyson Gill, Arkansas State University
Prof. Luc van Gool, Federal Technical Institute, Zurich
Prof. Gabriele Guidi, Politecnico di Milano
Prof. Elisabeth Jerem, Archaeological Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest
Prof. Ian Johnson, University of Sydney
Han Kamermans, University of Leiden
Prof. Kevin Kee, Brock University
Prof. Guus Lange, National Service for Archaeology, Cultural Landscape, and Built Heritage, Netherlands
Gary Lock, Oxford University
Prof. Scott Madry, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Mark Mudge, Cultural Heritage Imaging
Prof. Fraser D. Neiman, Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Monticello
Dr. Daniël Pletinckx, Visual Dimension
Dr. Axel Posluschny, German Archaeological Institute, Frankfurt
Julian Richards, University of York
Prof. Nicholas Ryan, University of Kent, Canterbury
Stephen Stead, Paveprime LTD
John Tolva, IBM Corporation

Exhibits and Classes

CAA 2009 will have space for rent by exhibitors. It also invites publishers of software (Open Source or proprietary) and companies selling hardware and equipment to offer free two-hour introductory classes. For more information, please write to:


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