Early Careers Conference

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Following the success of last year's conference, the CIfA Early Careers Special Interest Group and the Council for British Archaeology hosted another digital Early Careers Conference during the Festival of Archaeology 2022.

This digital conference aimed to platform students and early career archaeologists, and to give them the opportunity to gain presentation experience.

If you would like to watch the individual conference talks please visit please take a look at the Early Careers Conference 2022 Playlist. More videos are being added all the time.

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Who was it for?

The conference speakers were those studying archaeology or an associated subject such as osteoarchaeology, anthropology, or cultural heritage management, undertaking an apprenticeship or training scheme, or in early career employment in archaeology (first 18 months).

We encouraged anyone with an interest in the range of topics that were discussed and/or those who wished to support early career archaeologists and heritage professionals in a welcoming and friendly environment, to come along to support the speakers.

Was there a theme or preferred presentation format?

There was no set theme. Instead, participants were encouraged to present on any topic of their choice. We were able to identify several strong themes emerging from the abstracts, including archaeological ethics, the conservation and destruction of heritage assets and inclusiondiversity and equity in archaeology and heritage.

The aim was to make as many people as possible feel comfortable contributing, and with this in mind, we offered a range of presentation styles, including short 10-15 minutes presentations and pre-recorded material.

Conference Schedule and Programme

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Can I watch the talks from the conference?

The conference talks were recorded and, where permission was granted, are now being edited and uploaded to the CBA's YouTube channel

Check out the first uploaded talk:

More videos are being added all the time. You can find them on the Early Careers Conference 2022 Playlist