DIG 2019


Call for Papers

The 8th Developing International Geoarchaeology (DIG) conference will be hosted by the Department of Archaeology at Simon Fraser University, Canada on

June 17th - 21st 2019.

We invite submissions for paper and poster presentations on any area of geoarchaeology, from landscape to artefact characterization. Submissions which integrate multidisciplinary scientific analysis with robust archaeological interpretation are especially encouraged. Oral presentations will be allocated 20 minutes.

Submit an Abstract

If interested, please fill and send the Abstract Submission Form to dig2019.sfu@gmail.com before April 15th, 2019


For general enquiries please write to dig2019.sfu@gmail.com or contact the DIG 2019 conference organizers

Francesco Berna Rudy Reimer
Candice Koopowitz         Peter Locher                        
Brandi MacDonald Lucy Wilson

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About DIG

Developing International Geoarchaeology (DIG) is the title of a series of very successful international conferences. The goal of DIG is to bring together a wide variety of international researchers, practitioners and students in this diverse and interdisciplinary field to facilitate discussion, stimulate research, and promote international scholarship in geoarchaeology. The conference is biennial, having first been held in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada 2005, followed by Cambridge, UK, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, University of Tennessee Knoxville, USA, University of Basel, Switzerland, Alghero University in Sardinia and Newcastle University, UK.

DIG 2019 Keynote Speaker. We have the pleasure to announce that the Keynote Speaker of DIG2019 is Professor Charly French. Charles Andrew Ivey French is Professor in Geoarchaeology and the Director of the McBurney Laboratory for Geoarchaeology at Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge, UK.

Paper and Poster Prizes. One student paper and one student poster will be selected and awarded the prize for best DIG 2019 submissions.

Conference Workshops. As is traditional for DIG, there will be a petrographic thin section micromorphology workshop at the end of the conference. This is an informal workshop that will take place in the Petrography Teaching Lab of the Department of Earth Sciences, equipped with twenty Nikon Eclipse microscopes. The Geoarchaeology Lab Thermo-Nicolet iN10 MX FTIR image microscope will be also available. A selection of petrographic reference slides and sediment thin sections from archaeological sites around the world will be available to look at. As usual delegates are encouraged to bring their own slides for discussion.

Conference Field Trip. British Columbia has a rich archaeological heritage, from prehistory through the colonial period. As part of the conference there will be the opportunity to take part in a field trip to explore parts of what is arguably one of the most spectacular landscape in the world and home of ancient populations, first nations and “Transformers”. We will leave SFU in the morning and travel north on the Sea-to-Sky highway to Squamish. Guided by Dr Rudy Reimer/Yumks we will stop at large scale geological features and pictographs to learn about a narrative regarding an ancient and epic battle between a Squamish Nation warrior and a two headed serpent.

Conference Dinner. The conference dinner on the evening of the 18th June will be at Nuba Lebanese Restaurant. Please, use the registration process to inform us of any dietary preference or allergy.


The online registration for the conference is now open. Please note, items which are included in the registration are the welcome reception, coffee breaks and workshop, but you will need to tick the box when booking so we know how many people to expect.


Registration and Abstract Submission Deadline April 15th, 2019

Late Registration and Abstract Submission Deadline May 31st, 2019


Early Bird Registration Fees (Before April 16th, 2019)  
Day 1, 18th June   $50 (standard), $30 (student)                                             
Day 2, 19th June $50 (standard), $30 (student)
Day 3, 20th June $25 (standard), $15 (student)
Optional extras  
Welcome reception (17th June) free
Conference dinner (18th June)  $35
Workshop (20th June) free
Fieldtrip (21st June)  $50

Late registration Fees
(April 16th – May 31st, 2019)

Registration fees received after April 15th are as follow:  Daily registration = 80$ per day; Full meeting registration = $200; Conference Dinner = $40; Field Trip = $100

Registration Payment. Registration and payments have to be done online via DIG2019 website.

Cancellation Policy. Cancellations received before and on May 31st will be reimbursed. Cancellation fees will apply.


Travel and accommodation

Getting to Simon Fraser University Burnaby Campus

DIG 2019 will take place at Simon Fraser University Burnaby Campus in the Vancouver metro area. The campus is situated on top of Burnaby Mountain and is well connected to public transport by Bus and SkyTrain. Taxis from the airport are $75 and from downtown Vancouver about $45. There are no Uber or Lyft services available in Metro Vancouver. For further information on how to reach SFU Burnaby mountain campus see here. The conference will take place in the Saywell Hall / Blusson Hall Complex on the Eastern Side of campus.

Conference accommodation

On-Campus Options

Special Group arrangement for DIG2019

Private Residence          Single room – Shared Bathroom             $41/night + Tax          

Other on-campus accommodations

Townhouse Quad Units 4 Single bedrooms + 2 bathrooms $165/night + Tax

Reservations for one of the on-campus accommodation options should be made online here.


Off-Campus Options

Participants wishing to arrange their own accommodation have several off-campus options. Some suggestions are listed here below and can be booked independently.

The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver (5-star - 60 min by Bus 95)

Address: 845 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2K6

Phone: (604) 682-5511     https://www.suttonplace.com/hotels/sutton-place-hotel-vancouver-van


Executive Plaza Hotel Metro Vancouver (4-star - 30 min by Skytrain and Bus 145)

Address: 405 North Rd, Coquitlam, BC V3K 3V9

Phone: (604) 936-9399     http://www.executiveplazahotel.ca


Inn at The Quay (3-star - 45 min by Skytrain and Bus)

Address: 900 Quayside Dr, New Westminster, BC V3M 6G1

Phone: (604) 520-1776     https://www.innatwestminsterquay.com


Patricia Hotel (2-star - 50 min by Bus 95)

Address: 403 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1P6

Phone: (604) 255-4301     https://www.patriciahotel.ca


Tentative Programme

June 17th 



June 18th

Welcome Note
9.15-9.45 Keynote (Prof. Charly French, University of Cambridge)                       
9.45-12.30 Landscape Geoarchaeology
Site Formation – Old World
7.00-9.00 CONFERENCE DINNER – Nuba Lebanese Restaurant

June 19th

9.00-1.00 Site Formation – New World
2.00-6.00 Geoarchaeology and Material Culture 

June 20th

9.00-12.00 Geoarchaeology, Heritage and Indigenous Archaeology


1.30-5.00 WORKSHOP

June 21th 



FIELD TRIP lead by Prof. Rudy Reimer/Yumks

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