festivalCHAT on Instagram

Jaime Almansa Sanchez (Spain) , Susan Keitumetse (Botswana), Laura McAtackney (Denmark), Nota Pantzou (Greece)

Join festivalCHAT on Instagram by sharing your thoughts, feelings and experiences on the following themes:

The archaeology of festivals

COVID-19 pandemic

Equality & Diversity

Decolonializing contemporary & historical archaeology

Archaeologies of protest

Togetherness & Fragmentation


Steps to follow:

> Follow chatarchaeology on Instagram

> Upload your pictures and videos on Instagram between 23-30 October.

> Tag your photo/video with #festivaCHAT2020 and indicate the theme.

> Don’t forget to add a caption. Just a few words about your picture i.e. location, a quote, a poem.

> All entries will be shared on CHAT’s Instagram and Facebook accounts.

Kythera and the gold rush, competing priorities or complementing research?

Richard MacNeill (Australia)

In this blog, Richard MacNeill set out to understand the relationship between water catchment and community in Kythera, but ended up shifting to the goldfields of Victoria, Australia. The two are oddly complementary…

 Click here to read the blog

Pull Tab Archaeology World Typology Launch

Jobbe Wijnen (Netherlands)

In August 2018, archaeologist Jobbe Wijnen set out on a mission to create the first global archaeological reference collection, crowdsourced entirely through social media. Two years later and with the help of over 70 people, the Pull Tab Archaeology project presents Pull Tab Typology, ‘2.0 Woodstock edition‘, containing pull tabs, ring pulls and sta-tabs collected from over 30 countries by … you!

It has been an amazing journey so far. Starting from scratch, not knowing if anyone would really do it, we set a high bar: using the click-and-go mentality of Instagram, Facebook and Amazon, we asked people around the globe to do a whole lot more. “We can’t make a reference collection from pictures, you have to send us the tabs!” And to our amazement, people did get their envelopes and paper and sent tabs in, and often in large numbers too! After two years of nitty-gritty selecting and sorting, we are now ready to present our first big achievement here on this channel at festivalCHAT.

festivalCHAT visitors get a 15% discount if ordering before 9 November. Use discount code #CHATringpull

Click HERE for more ordering information.

Live worldwide launch Friday 30 October 15:30 GMT. Youtube premiere, with author available for discussion when viewed on Youtube or Facebook.

Wall Tweets: messages and grumbling in  the industrial environment 

“Please close the door” (added below: YOU F****** MORONS!)


João Luís Sequeira (Portugal)

Blue Bird Sessions on Wednesday 28 October 11:00 GMT @JoaoLuisSequei1

Note: this event will take place on Twitter

Let us take a ride into the world of messages from workers to workers in Portuguese factories! Guaranteed fun for sure, but also, we can read between the lines – most of these messages reflect the bustling union activity in Portuguese post-dictatorship, the rise of  the communist party then, and of course, the disputes between football adepts. 

And personal messages. And calendars with women. Lots of them.


Going to the loo. An archaeological vision on latrinalia

Mariana Nunes Silva & Tânia Manuel Casimiro (Portugal) @LatrinaliaP

Blue Bird Sessions on Wednesday 28 October 11.30am GMT

Note: this event will take place on Twitter

Festivals are time for celebrations and celebrations imply friends, food, drink and inevitable visits to the loo. 2020 did not allow us to go to many festivals thus we had to visit different toilets and since we pass a lot of time in universities these are the ones we will show in this Twitter thread. People express feelings, doubts, and share poetry, or even suicidal and political messages. In Portugal toilets are separated between male and female which confers a strong gender identity to these messages written by students, professors, and researchers in different languages. We will try to do an archaeological interpretation of all this evidence revealing the feelings and opinions of the people from two distinct academic institutions.

Postcards from all edges

David Webb & Lara Band (UK)

Arr. Dave Webb with Lara Band, Jobbe Wijnen, Laura Aish, John Tierney, Dan Lee, Antonia Thomas, Rachael Kiddey, Lawrence Northall, Ursula Frederick, Jacqui Mulville, Ben Philcox, Hilary Orange

Tiny sound pictures charting your journeys to #festivalCHAT2020: A front door in East London. Late night seagulls at Ramsgate Harbour circling the fishing boats. An echoey street in Gelderland, so noisy that every falling hairpin can be heard inside, listening to some radio, going outside, a family had just passed, and then a 1950 Mercedes car passed by.

A walk through overgrown graveyard in West Cork – Kilbrogan has one of the oldest ‘modern’ headstones in Ireland dating to 1623 – the mortuary monument appears to be Protestant and it represents the divided and contested landscape of the Bandon area since the town was founded in 1608.

The sea at Dingyshowe, Deerness. The beach is a tombolo between The East Mainland and Deerness (‘nearly an island’). This beach on the east side faces the North Sea. The tide was high, and the weather calm, and small waves were breaking over a small sand shelf at the top of the beach. Sometimes the waves would wash over to the top of the sand. Nearby is a large broch mound, hence the ‘howe’ placename of the beach. Willow and Bee, the kittens purring.

A calf mooing and a bit of owl, a windy and rainy old morning, near Dartmouth, south Devon, UK. Breakfast at Zest Cafe, Ramsgate. A trip for coffee in Canberra with the general bustle of birds, people walking past, hum of building sounds (electricity?). The River taff on a  morning run, CV19 defences. And a laptop falling off a desk….

Visit the SoundStage for other sonic experiences …

Original Call:

This piece is all about you and by you, collectively!

‘The journey to CHAT’ – people documenting their journey to the annual CHAT conference – has become an informal tradition over the years. In absence of physical journeys this year we’d like to recreate your journeys in sound through sound postcards, recorded from your window on your way to festivalCHAT.

Over the week we’ll arrange the sounds, sequentially in the order that they arrive and binaurally according to their position geographically. This will create a continuous soundscape hosted on our own Soundcloud and will be the final piece posted on SoundStage on the last day of festivalCHAT. Please send a recording up to 20 seconds long, ideally MP3 or .wav. Phone recordings are fine and we can also rip sound from films made on your phone if necessary. Email your postcard to drw33@hotmail.com with your approximate location, if you’re a happy to share that with us. Let us know if you’re happy for us to credit you by name in our summary of the piece too.

You can send your postcard anytime from the first day of festivalCHAT on Friday 23 October until midnight (your time zone) on Monday 26 October to give us time to put it together.

We look forward to hearing from you!

A call for flash fiction and nano-histories in 150 words or less

The Writing Archaeology Collective, Columbia University:

Amanda Althoff, Madison Aubey, Rudy Banny, Annarubenia Capellin Ortega, Zoë Crossland, Katherine McCarthy, Brendon Murray, Jenny Ni, Cleo Payne, Nikki Vellidis (US)

Live event Thursday 29 October 14:00-16:00 EDT (New York) 18:00-20:00 GMT (London)

With every passing moment we see clear examples of how the world around us shapes and is shaped by history. In this festival session we challenge the archaeological community to use location as a bridge between the contemporary and historical and to find new ways to narrate the clash of pasts and presents and the accumulation of new meanings and associations with place.

We ask for flash fictions or nano-histories that reflect on time’s interconnectivities. Consider Black Wall Street in Tulsa, Oklahoma; the British Museum in London; the Jelling Stones in Denmark; any number of political borders and walls. How do past and present merge and clash particularly in the context of our pandemic world and the protests of Black Lives Matter?

Participants should submit a 150-word or less story, together with an image showing the site attached to their story. Each presenter will have 10 minutes to read their piece and respond to questions. Accepted submission will be posted to Instagram and the session will be held on Zoom and streamed live on Facebook. Please make sure your images are yours, or that their source is cited.

Submit to timeclash2020@gmail.com by Tuesday 27 October.

Eventbrite registration is for spectators only. If all tickets are taken it will still be possible to watch the livestream and submit questions for speakers on our Facebook page

Twitter: @CUArchaeology

Facebook & Instagram: @centerforarchaeology

#FestivalCHAT2020 #TimeClash2020 #Nanohistory #Flashfiction


Katy Whitaker (UK) and Lara Band (UK)

How can people come together at a time of enforced separation? Inspired by Client Culture’s postal zine project Cross Pollination for Antiuniversity 2020, CHAT-CHAIN-MAIL is a Mail Art project for festivalCHAT building a chain of thoughts, ideas and art as the piece moves through the physical world.

This event is open now so get involved!

Mail Art developed in contemporary art movements of the 1960s and 1970s. Also known as postal art, Mail Art is a populist art movement that involves making small pieces to be sent in the post. These artworks are commonly postcards, small zines, little collages or textual pieces, they make use of everyday materials, found materials, rubber stamps, and home printing, but ultimately includes anything that can be put in an envelope and sent by post.

Mail Art is thus an egalitarian art-form. It is cheap and it circumvents the conventional art market. It is global, putting people in touch with one another around the world via international postal services. Mail Art often chimes with the ethos of ‘Reuse, Repair, Recycle’ in the materials found, selected, adapted, and collated to make the pieces.

It is not only the image that matters. The material properties and networked nature of Mail Art are things that archaeology has the means to attend to. And the connectedness of Mail Art, tangible items whose properties are not mediated by a screen, affords the possibility of real-life, physical inter-connection between people otherwise kept apart from one-another in a time of pandemic. The journey that our Mail Art will take and its transformation through each pair of creative hands are as, if not more, important, than the final completed piece that we can share.

How this will work:

If you’d like to take part sign up between now and the last day of festivalCHAT, Friday 30 October 2020 by emailing us at chatchainmail@gmail.com . We’ll send you guidelines for how the project will work, read and agree to these (ask if you’ve any questions) and we’ll add you to the list!

On the first day of festivalCHAT, Friday 23 October we’ll start CHAT-CHAIN-MAIL by posting an opening piece to the first person on the list. The recipient will have three days to add their contribution before posting it on to the next participant. We’ll only share your address with the previous contributor in the chain and we won’t keep your contact details after.

Each person will have three days to add their piece, it can be a response to the previous piece or something new: size guide is a maximum of two sides of A4 paper with thoughts, art and ideas using whatever materials you like. Email us when you’ve completed your piece and we’ll send you the address of the next person to send it to.

CHAT-CHAIN-MAIL will inevitably continue its travels after festivalCHAT so to document the package as it travels through festivalCHAT-time and beyond we’d like contributors to take a picture of their work, in whole or part, to share on social media with #FestivalCHAT2020 #ChatChainMail. The final piece will be scanned for documenting on the festivalCHAT and/or CHAT website and the piece itself will travel to the next live CHAT accompanied by an approximate map of its journey, for perusal in person.

#CHATChainMail @_Laraband @artefactual_KW