pubCHAT Europe + Africa

Real ale handpumps. Source Wikipedia.

Rachael Kiddey and Hilary Orange are hosting PubCHAT on 20:00 BST (21:00 SAST) Friday 23 October

Hilary Orange and Emma Dwyer are hosting PubCHAT on 19:00 GMT (21:00 SAST) Friday 30 October

Join these social events and link up with people in Europe and Africa.

Come CHAT with us! PubCHATs are designed to be an informal way to meet other contemporary and historical archaeologists and to talk about life, research, and interests! There is no formal programme, so just show up with your favorite evening beverage or meal and be prepared to socialise. These PubCHATs are timed to be accessible for those located in Europe and Africa, but everybody is welcome! This is part of a series of three events being held in association with the Festival in different timezones (including the Americas and Asia/Oceania).

We will send out the Zoom link via the CHAT JiscMail ( a few days before the event. You can sign up to join this mailing list HERE by clicking the ‘subscribe’ button.

Note: There is no official language for pubCHATs and while it is likely that many of those who come along speak English, we welcome speakers of all languages.

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.