Call for papers

The CAA2020 call for papers is now open closed.  You are invited to submit an abstract for a paper or poster on any aspect of computer applications or quantitative methods in archaeology.  Abstracts for papers should be submitted to a specific session.  A list of accepted sessions can be found at  Each session will follow one of the following formats:

  1. Standard – with a series of 20-minute papers addressing a theme presented in advance by the organisers;
  2. Round Table – with a pre-conference position paper published by the organisers, followed by an invitation for researchers to submit a response in advance or to participate in open-forum discussion at the session;
  3. Other – with the format decided by the organisers, exploring innovative and creative ways for participants to engage with the session.

Please check the format of a session carefully before submitting an abstract as each format has different requirements (see guidance below).  Choose the session which best matches the topic of your paper.  If none of the sessions are appropriate for your paper, you should contact the local organiser at  Abstracts for posters do not need to be submitted to a specific session.

Papers and posters from Students and Early Career Researchers are actively encouraged.  The Nick Ryan Bursary ( will be awarded to the best student paper at CAA2020.  A shortlist of 8 papers will be selected for the Nick Ryan Bursary by the CAA International Scientific Committee.  Shortlisted papers will be presented in a dedicated Nick Ryan session.  Students who wish to be nominated for the Nick Ryan Bursary should submit their abstract to a standard/other format session and check the corresponding tick box when they submit their abstract.

Abstracts should be broad enough to reach all interested researchers, regardless of affiliation or background.  The official language of the conference is English.  All abstracts should be submitted in English.  You will be required to endorse the CAA ethics statement as part of your submission (

Submissions for standard/other format sessions are limited to one paper per first named author.  Round tables and lightning talks or similar presentations are excluded from this limit.

The CAA2020 call for papers is now closed.  Any queries related to the CAA2020 call for papers should be directed to

Abstracts can be submitted via the form below. If you do not receive a confirmation email after submission, please check your junk/spam folder. Feel free to get in touch using the email address above if you do not receive any confirmation within 24 hours.

Guidance on abstracts for different format sessions can be found below.

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