Wednesday, 13 September 2017

DIG2017 Conference - success!

Well, August has come and gone, and no blog post. This is the first time since I started my blog that I haven't made at least one post per month. It will haunt me forever that 0 posts in the list. The reason August was so busy was largely due to the Developing International Geoarchaeology conference, which we hosted at Newcastle last week. So whilst I wasn't blogging, I was very busy live-tweeting and generally making sure the whole thing ran smoothly with my event management hat on. Who would have thought the job of an academic also included event management - I know more than I ever thought I needed about coordinating multiple external companies (hiring poster boards, printing, conference badges, a dinner for 70 people...), internal purchasing and booking procedures. Making sure we didn't accidentally leave someone stranded in the middle of nowhere along Hadrian's Wall during the field trip. I don't even know where to start about the papers - we genuinely had a fantastic range of presentations and posters, with some outstanding new research, and a great keynote from Prof. Jamie Woodward. We are hoping to showcase some of these in a special issue of Geoarchaeology journal planned for next year. Doug Rocks-Macqueen will be posting the videos of the talks soon too, keep an eye out - a great to chance to view all the amazing papers even if you weren't able to make it in person!