• Graduate Archaeology at Oxford (GAO)


    We are a graduate society from the School of archaeology, University of Oxford. Visit here to know more about us.

  • Graduate Archaeology at Oxford

    Annual International Conference 2019


    Venue: Lecture Theatre, Ioannou Centre, University of Oxford

    66 St Giles', Oxford OX1 3LU


    Date: 11-12th March 2019

  • Theme and topics

    *The conference is now free of charge for Oxford students and staff*


    The GAO conference aims to provide a platform for graduate students and early career researchers to present their works, discuss, and network with their peers and senior scholars from different fields. The theme of our 2019 conference is ‘Cause, Process and Impact of Interaction in Ancient Cultures’. Interaction here refers to cultural interaction between people and societies, and interaction between people and environment, landscape, fauna and flora, etc. Studying interaction is one of the best ways to demonstrate changes in the human past. This conference which combines the fields of archaeology, classical archaeology, archaeological science and oriental studies, will allow researchers to explore interactions from different lenses.


    We invite topics that cover the cause, process or impact of any of these interactions, that are relevant to the above fields, from prehistoric and historic contexts in any regions. We also consider abstracts from the other fields if they fit well with the theme. Topics can include, but are not limited to theory and methodology, chronological sequence, movement of people or cultural activities, provenance of materials, materials/knowledge transmission, warfare and conflict, diet/subsidence strategy changes, invention and innovation, adaption of new practices, past climate and environmental reconstruction and changes, social hierarchy and organisation, socio-political complexity, inter-regional social/political/economic network.


    We accept oral presentations and posters to cover relevant topics. Prizes will be awarded for the best presentation and best poster.


    Faculty members are very welocme to attend this conference.


    Please see below for the registration and abstract submission details.

  • Conference Program

    Please note that the program is subject to change without notice .

    Day 1 Monday 11th March 2019


    10:00 AM – 10:25 AM: Welcome and registration
    10:25 AM – 10:55 AM: Keynote: Dr Amy Richardson (University of Reading) - 'Scales of interaction in ancient worlds'
    10:55 AM – 12:35 AM: Session 1 - Human-environment Interaction
    12:35 AM – 1:35 PM: Lunch, BAR Book Stall and Poster Session
    1:35 PM – 3:40 PM: Session 2 - Cultural Interaction - Trade and exchange (Part I)
    3:40 PM – 4:10 PM: Coffee Break
    4:10 PM – 6:15 PM: Session 3 - Cultural Interaction - Trade and exchange (Part II)
    6:15 PM –7:00 PM: Drinks Reception


    Day 2 Tuesday 12th March 2019


    10:00 AM - 11:15 AM: Session 4 - Cultural Interaction - Integration, Adaption and Rejection (Part I)

    11:15 AM – 12:00 PM: Optional Ashmolean Museum Tour and coffee break

    12:00 PM – 1:15 PM: Session 5 - Cultural Interaction - Integration, Adaption and Rejection (Part II)

    1:15 PM – 2:15 PM: Lunch, BAR Book Stall and Poster Session

    2:15 PM – 3:30 PM: Session 6 - Social interaction and Identity (Part I)

    3:30 PM – 4:00 PM: Coffee Break

    4:00 PM – 5:40 PM: Session 7 - Social interaction and Identity (Part II)

    5:40 PM – 6:10 PM: Keynote: Dr Susanne Hakenbeck (University of Cambridge) - 'Studying interactions in the ancient world - where do we go next?'

    6:10 PM – 6:40 PM: Prize Giving Ceremony

    6:40 PM: leave for conference dinner at Al-Andalus Tapas Bar (on Little Clarendon St)


    BAR Publishing will set up a book stall during lunch time on both days. They will also offer us a £70 BAR book voucher for the best presentation and a £50 BAR book voucher for the best poster. Additionally, we will offer a £30 Amazon voucher as a prize draw.


    Ashmolean Museum will offer us 2 half-an-hour tours of the Aegean gallery and the Ashmolean Story gallery. The max. number for each tour is 15. Please register in advance.



  • Keynote Speakers

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    Dr Amy Richardson (University of Reading)

    Amy is developing a multi-pronged approach to understanding how networks of material exchange helped societies thrive. Drawing on scientific, materials-based approaches and theoretical perspectives, her research explores how the interactions between people and materials shaped ancient worlds, from the Epipalaeolithic to the Iron Age.

    Currently, Amy is Senior Researcher on the ERC-funded MENTICA project, working with Prof Roger Matthews on integrated community approaches to the Middle East Neolithic transition, coordinating fieldwork in Iraq and Iran, and managing data flow to conduct network analysis across the interdisciplinary strands of the project.

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    Dr Susanne Hakenbeck (University of Cambridge)

    Susanne is interested in the social transformations during the centuries before and after the end of the Roman Empire, in particular along its north-eastern edges. In her research she integrates theoretical enquiry and what might be called ‘anthropological’ approaches in archaeology with archaeological science, principally isotope analysis.

  • Important dates


    Registration and call for abstracts

    Mid-November 2019


    Abstract submission deadline

    28th January 2019 (11:59 PM GTM+0)


    Abstract submission extended deadline

    15th February 2019 (11:59 PM GTM+0)


    Notification of Abstract Acceptance

    Early/mid February 2019


    Registration deadline

    25th February 2019 (11:59 PM GTM+0)

  • Registration & Abstract Submission


    Abstracts for oral presentation and poster presentation should be sent to gaoconference2019@gmail.com by 28th January 2019 (11:59 GMT+0). The deadline is now extended to 15th February 2019. Abstracts should be no more than 250 words, with the title of the proposed paper with 5 keywords, your full name, course or position, year of study (if applicable), your institution and department, and your email address.


    Registration for this conference should be made here by 25th February 2019 (11:59 GMT+0). Please note your place will only be secured once you have paid through the Oxford University Online shop. Ticket fee is £15 (free of charge for Oxford students and staff), which includes conference entry, lunches, snacks, tea and coffee, a drinks reception and a museum tour.


    If you have any question in regard to the conference, please contact us at gaoconference2019@gmail.com.



  • Transport and Accommodation


    Aeroplanes - Birmingham airport is by far the closest to Oxford, followed by Heathrow and Gatwick. All of these have a bus service which runs to Oxford (National Express from Birmingham; The Airline from Heathrow and Gatwick). You can catch a train directly from Birmingham airport to Oxford train station. Be sure to use UK currency on The Airline bus services.


    Trains - Oxford has good rail connections with the rest of the UK. If it is possible, we recommend that you purchase your ticket in advance in order to save money - you can do this through websites such as thetrainline.com. The train station is centrally located and walking distance from the city centre.


    Coaches - The National Express runs services to Oxford (boarding and destination location dependant). The city centres central bus station is called Gloucester Green and is centrally located.

    *If coming from London, or through London, please be aware that there is a very regular and cheap bus service offered by the Oxford Tube and X90 which collects at numerous points in London and drops you at numerous locations through Oxford city centre and the central bus station, Gloucester Green.


    Air BnB - increasingly popular in the UK and provides an opportunity to stay in a house, flat or local residence with one or more persons.


    YHA Oxford - an established youth hostel immediately next to the train station that is low budget.


    B&Bs - a search engine providing a number of B&B options in Oxford, both centrally and just outside of the centre, catering to a range of budgets.


    University rooms - some search engines (https://www.universityrooms.com/en-GB/city/oxford/home; http://conference-oxford.com/bb-self-catering) providing a number of options to stay in Oxford University and Oxford Brookes college accommodation; you do not need to be a student or alumni of Oxford to stay here.

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  • Our Sponsors

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    We thank our sponsor - School of Archaeology, University of Oxford.

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    We thank the Faculty of Classics who provides us the venue.

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    We thank BAR Publishing who offers us the prize vouches.

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    We thank Ashmolean Museum who offers us museum tours.