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Past Conferences

2019: Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada

June 17th to 21st       The conference was a great success, with excellent presentations and a fascinating field trip.

Thanks to Francesco Berna, Rudy Reimer, and all of the organisers!

This was the 8th Developing International Geoarchaeology conference!

More information about the conference can be found at


Keynote Speaker

The Keynote Speaker of DIG2019 was Professor Charly French. Charles Andrew Ivey French is Professor of Geoarchaeology and the Director of the McBurney Laboratory for Geoarchaeology at the Department of Archaeology of University of Cambridge in the UK.

Paper and Poster Prizes

One student paper and one student poster were selected and awarded the prize for best DIG 2019 submissions.

Conference Workshops

As is traditional for DIG, there was a petrographic thin section micromorphology workshop at the end of the conference. This was an informal workshop in the Petrography Teaching Lab of the Department of Earth Sciences, equipped with a series of Nikon Eclipse microscopes. The Geoarchaeology Lab Thermo-Nicolet iN10 MX FTIR image microscope was also available. A selection of petrographic reference slides and sediment thin sections from archaeological sites around the world were available to look at. As usual delegates were 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 was a field trip to explore parts of what is arguably one of the most spectacular landscapes in the world and home of ancient populations, first nations and “Transformers”. We left SFU in the morning and travelled north on the Sea-to-Sky highway to Squamish. Guided by Dr Rudy Reimer/Yumks (shown above) we stopped 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 was held at Nuba Lebanese Restaurant.

If you are interested in hosting a DIG conference, please contact Lucy Wilson at or any other member of the international steering committee.  
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