COST-ARKWORK Final conference

Update May 25, 2020: Due to likelihood of continuing travel restrictions in early autumn, the Management Committee of COST-ARKWORK has decided to postpone the conference to February, 2021. The conference will be organised according to earlier plans in Zagreb, Croatia while we are working on contingency plans to allow participation in the event according to situation in February. A new call for papers will be issued in early autumn for additional presentations to the conference.

Update April 13, 2020: The conference organisers are aware of the current situation relating to the global pandemic. As of today, COST-ARKWORK is committed to organising the conference as planned in September. The situation will be evaluated on July 15 and if necessary, by that date decisions will be made on any special arrangements that will be necessary to help all accepted authors and other participants to attend the meeting and present their work — including arrangements to present even if attending a conference in person in Zagreb would not be an option because of travel restrictions.

COST-ARKWORK is a network funded by the COST scheme that brings together the multidisciplinary work of researchers of archaeological practices in the field of archaeological knowledge production and use. The aim of the network is to make a major push forward in the current state-of-the-art in knowing how archaeological knowledge is produced, how it is used and how to maximise its positive impact in the society. The focus of ARKWORK is on training the next generation of scholars and stakeholders by involving future leaders of research but also high profile experts employed by the industry and public organisations through events and visits to foreign institutions is a key to the longevity of the outcomes.

After four years of intensive work, COST-ARKWORK invites participants to a final conference on Feb 10-11, 2021 in Zagreb, Croatia. The programme consists of keynote lectures, showcasing of the work conducted in the network, an half-day industry forum for practitioners relating focussing on the impact of artificial intelligence and big data on archaeological practices, and an open forum for presentations of work related to archaeological practices and knowoldge work in the digital environment.

Preliminary programme

Feb 10

09:00-09:30 Opening of the conference
09:30-10:30 Keynote
10:30-11:00 Coffee and tea
11:00-12:00 Session 1: Archaeological fieldwork
12:00-13:30 Lunch
13:30-14:30 Session 2: Archaeological data and collections
14:30-15:00 Coffee and tea
15:00-16:00 Session 3: Archaeology and communities
16:00-17:00 Session 4: Archaeological scholarship in the digital environment
17:00-18:00 Future collaborations mingle
20:00 Dinner

Feb 11

09:00-10:00 Invited talk
10:00-10:30 Coffee and tea
10:30-11:30 Short papers and posters
11:30-12:30 Roundtable: Archaeological practices and knowledge in the digital environment
12:30-14:00 Lunch

Industry forum : Artificial intelligence and datafication of archaeological practices

14:00-14:30 Opening of Industry forum
14:30-15:15 Parallel sessions
15:15-15:45 Coffee and tea
15:45-16:30 Parallel sessions
16:30-17:00 Closing session

Call for submissions

As a part of the final conference, COST-ARKWORK network organises an open session for short presentations of work related to archaeological practices and knowledge work in the digital environment. Call for presentation proposals reporting and discussing evidence-based and reflective research on archaeological practices and archaeological knowledge production and providing new understanding of how archaeologists and other stakeholders of archaeological information create and use knowledge is open for researchers and practitioners alike within and outside of the current ARKWORK network. The format of the presentations is a short oral presentation and/or poster.Submit your proposal for a presentation in the form of max 300 word abstract no later than on May 15, 2020 on EasyChair at The abstract should clearly indicate the relevance of the proposed presentation for the conference and how it contributes to a better understanding of archaeological practices and knowledge work in the digital environment, for instance, in the context of archaeological fieldwork, work with archaeological collections and data, archaeological and archaeology related non-professional communities and archaeological scholarship without excluding other archaeological and archaeology-related practices. All submissions will be peer-reviewed by a programme committee consisting of the members of the COST-ARKWORK network. Authors will be informed of the decisions of acceptance at the latest by June 30, 2020.