SHA 2013: Registration now open!

Registration for the Society for Historical Archaeology’s 46th Annual Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology, to be held in Leicester, UK, on 9th – 12th January 2013 is now open!

Conference registration is via the Conftool website, where you can also register for the many special events, receptions, round table luncheons, training workshops, trips and tours, and the Conference Banquet and Awards Ceremony. You can also plan your time in Leicester by viewing the conference program.

Discounted registration fees are available for delegates who are members of the Society for Historical Archaeology or its sister organization the Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology, and the first fifty members of SPMA to sign up for the conference will also have the opportunity to join SHA for a one-off special price of $20. Here are the Early Bird registration rates, which will apply until 3rd December:

- Member of the SHA or SPMA: $180

- Non-members: $280

- Student member of SHA or SPMA: $85

- Student non-member: $140

- Guest (includes entry to free events, but not paper sessions): $50

All the information you need to arrange your trip to Leicester, including travel and accommodation is located on the conference webpage, along with details of how your organization can assist with the running of the event by taking advantage of conference sponsorship opportunities, and exhibiting products and services in the conference bookroom.

The SHA and the local conference organising committee in Leicester will continue to make full use of social media in the run up to, and during, the conference; as well as this blog and the conference webpage, you will be able to follow the latest news on Twitter (#SHA2013) and Facebook, especially the conference event page.

If you have any questions regarding the conference or the registration process, please do not hesitate to contact us by emailing

We look forward to meeting you all for an exciting, stimulating conference in Leicester in January 2013!

SHA 2013: Support the Conference!

There are number of ways in which you and your organization can support the Society for Historical Archaeology’s annual conference at Leicester in January 2013.

There are several opportunities for organizations to sponsor elements of the conference; a great opportunity to showcase your work and products, and network with an international audience comprising c.1000 academics, students, field archaeologists, consultants, museum and heritage professionals, and staff and representatives from government and other agencies.

Sponsorship opportunities range from principal sponsorship of the conference, delegate bags, social events, the public archaeology session, and plenary session, to conference bag inserts and branded tea and coffee breaks. As well as the opportunity to raise awareness of your organization among the profession, your logo will also feature on the conference website and program, and those offering higher levels of conference sponsorship will receive one or two tickets to the Thursday night reception at Snibston Discovery Centre, or the Friday night SHA Awards banquet.

Further information about conference sponsorship opportunities is available in this document on the SHA 2013 conference website. This sets out the range of sponsorship packages, but if you would like to discuss any other possibilities, or combinations of packages, contact Conference Chairs Audrey Horning at or Sarah Tarlow at Sponsorship commitments must be made by October 31, 2012 to include your organization in all relevant conference publications.

SHA 2013: Opportunities for volunteering and floorspace

The costs of attending an international conference can add up. Happily, the SHA 2013 conference committee in Leicester has information about two ways in which you could save some money, and get to know other archaeologists.

Volunteers are essential to the smooth operation of an SHA conference. By assisting with a variety of duties – from registration and Book Room set-up to the special events and the sessions themselves – volunteers are a key component of every conference.

The SHA is looking for volunteers to give eight hours of their time during the SHA Conference in exchange for free conference registration. Student attendees will be given priority for volunteer positions, but if you are not a student and would like to volunteer, please do get in touch anyway.

For further information please contact the Volunteer Co-ordinator, Sarah Newstead ( Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until December 14, 2012. A limited number of volunteer openings are available, so don’t delay!

If you looking to save some more money, the Leicester conference committee has also set up a Facebook page for those who can offer free floorspace in their home to student delegates, and those who would like to split the cost of their hotel room by sharing with another delegate. Do keep checking the page for offers of accommodation, or consider advertising for a room-mate of your own!