From micro to macro: Exploring the big picture in archaeology

ARCAS Virtual Conference

28 – 29 January 2021 


Welcome to the ARCAS 2021 conference page, hosted by La Trobe University.

The year 2020 has brought us many challenges and is certainly a time to reflect on adaptability and resilience. The conference theme reminds us of the different lenses through which we can observe and interpret the world around us, and while our recent focus has been more inward and local, you are invited here to step back and consider a broader perspective to explore the past. Within this theme, we would welcome the inclusion of Indigenous Knowledges and an exploration of their intersection with Western approaches.

As archaeological scientists, we are often specialists, driven by our passion and focus for our area of expertise. We must, however, remember to contextualise our work in regional and global frameworks. Or perhaps we consider our approach more global and ‘top down’, considering science more of a tool to help understand the world, rather than a vocation. The trick is, of course, to move between these modes of hyper-focused particularism and low-resolution generalisations to find understandings that are true across many domains. 

We hope that the ARCAS conference will provide a forum for researchers of all perspectives to share their research with the broader community and we welcome contributions from all our community, and especially like to hear from PhD students and Traditional Custodians.

The free and on-line nature will hopefully encourage our community to showcase the breadth of archaeological science research being pursued in Australasia, no matter the temporal or geographic focus of the work.   

We look forward to receiving your abstracts and welcoming you to a virtual La Trobe University. Please stay safe! 


Dr Colin Smith, Dr Jillian Garvey, Dr Rebekah Kurpiel

La Trobe University

ARCAS 2021 Conference Organising Committee


Important Dates

Call for papers: Deadline extended until the 30th November 2020!

Paper acceptance notification: 7 December 2020

Presenter registration due (free): 14 December 2020

Presenter test session: 22 January 2021

Live conference sessions: 28 – 29 January 2021


Conference Registration and Abstract Submission



ARCAS welcomes new members and we would be happy to receive your membership application. Now is also a great time to update your current membership details ahead of the 2021 conference. Please use the membership application form to do this.


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