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Revisiting Global Archaeologies

2023 Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology

Lisbon, Portugal

January 4-7, 2023

The proposed theme for the conference not only references the international location and outlook of the meeting alongside the modern history of Lisbon as the center of one of the most significant global European empires of the early modern period, but also acknowledges the transformation of historical archaeology into a truly global discipline. It is envisioned that the theme will encourage individual papers and symposia that address the increasingly global character of the discipline in the past, present and future, as well as themes of movement and diaspora, and industrialization and mechanization. Many European archaeologists also define ‘historical’ archaeology differently, noting that the historical record dates back to earlier periods, and this conference may provide the opportunity to explore disciplinary definitions in a global context while still focusing on the post-1500 world.

Download the SHA 2023 Call for Papers.

The abstract submission period for the 2023 Conference will open May 1, 2022
and close June 30, 2022.  Submit your abstract at

Conference Code of Conduct


The Society for Historical Archaeology is committed to providing a safe, respectful environment at its conferences. To that end, the SHA will promote a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices. The SHA will not tolerate harassment in any form at any SHA-sponsored events.

Harassment includes offensive comments or behavior related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion, technology choices, sexual images in public space, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Outside of research presentations that include specific considerations of sexuality or sexual representations in the past, sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks, workshops, parties, social media and other online media.

Persons asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the Society for Historical Archaeology may take any action it deems appropriate up to and including loss of SHA membership and expulsion from the conference with no refund.

Any person, who feels they are being harassed, should call or text SHA Executive Director Karen Hutchison (240-753-4397) to report the incident. Incidents will be investigated, and a decision on appropriate action will be reached in a timely manner by a committee comprised of SHA members.

About Lisbon

Lisbon features archaeological evidence of human presence since prehistoric times. Located on the mouth of the Tagus River, it has had continuous human occupation since becoming an important Iron Age settlement and, subsequently, a Roman city with many archaeological features still in evidence today (such as the Roman theater). Lisbon is one of the most interesting and historically important cities in Europe, and was the capital of a major overseas empire at least from late 15th through late 17th centuries. The Portuguese were directly responsible for initiating the European globalization that defines our period, and its influences include initiating the post-1500 commodity exchanges and population movements that are core to our discipline – also initiating modern plantation slavery. Rebuilding after the shattering earthquake of 1755 also left Lisbon with one of the most important 18th-century urban landscapes in Europe with several archaeological evidence which continues in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Getting To and Around

More coming later in 2020

Lisbon is well connected by air, rail, and motorway networks. The city and surrounding countryside incorporate a wide range of historic sites and landscapes which will support a full program of tours across all periods. The archaeological stores from the Lisbon Archaeological Center will facilitate workshops in different parts of the city.

The FCSH-UNL (Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities) is part of the NOVA University of Lisbon and was created in 1977. The faculty provides education to more than 5000 students from many nationalities. The campus of the Faculty is located in the heart of Lisbon close to several libraries and museums, such as the Gulbenkian Foundation, supported by a wide variety of transportation and hotels and restaurants.

Do You Need A Visa to Travel to Lisbon?

The U.S. Embassy & Consulate in Portugal website ( provides the following information:

If you are planning to travel to Portugal on a tourist or business trip for a period not to exceed 90 days, you do not need to apply for a visa. You are required to be in possession of a U.S. passport, valid for a minimum of three months beyond the length of your stay.

U.S citizens who arrive in Portugal without a valid passport will NOT be permitted to enter Portugal, and will be returned to their point of origin.

Specific information about residency and temporary stay visa requirements is available at and on the Embassy of Portugal’s website. For country specific information and travel alerts please review Be Prepared for the unexpected overseas! Read the emergency preparedness brochure (PDF 775 KB)

Conference Committee

Conference Co-Chair(s): Tânia Manuel Casimiro, Francisco Caramelo

Program Chair: Alasdair Brooks

Underwater Co-Chairs:José Bettencourt and Filipe Castro

Terrestrial Co-Chairs: Catarina Tente, Joseph Bagley

Popular Program Director:Leonor Medeiros

Local Arrangements Chair:Ana Cristina Martins

Public Relations Director:Teresa Simões

Tour and Events Director:Carlos Boavida

Bookroom Coordinator:

Social Media Liaison:Pedro Coelho

Volunteer Directors:Gabriel Sousa

Fundraising/Partnership Liaison: Catarina Bernardo

Workshops Director:Mariana Almeida

Awards: Paul Mullins (Indiana University-Purdue University)

Conference Venue and Hotel Information

The SHA has reserved a block of rooms at the Holiday Inn Lisbon-Continental, Rua Laura Alves nr. 9, 1069-169 Lisboa, Portugal. Room rates are: single room 100 Euros and double room 115 Euros. The room rate includes a buffet breakfast. In addition, a tourist visitor city tax of 1 Euro per person will be assessed for each overnight stay in Lisbon, up to seven nights – 1 Euro per person and per night up to 7 Euros maximum.

Reservations should be made by using the hotel’s booking form. Download the Booking Form SHA 2023 and fax or email your completed form to the hotel to secure your reservation.

Call for Papers

The abstract submission period for the 2023 Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology will open May 1, 2022 and run through June 30, 2022.  Abstracts may be submitted at

Download the SHA 2023 Call for Papers.

For questions on the Call for Papers, contact the 2023 Program Chair at

Open Symposia

The 2023 conference will allow presenters to submit their papers to ‘open’ formal symposia that welcome independent submissions.  If a session is designated as ‘open’ by the symposium organizer, then other authors can submit individual papers to that session once they have received approval from the symposium organizer.  Please contact the symposium organizer for approval prior to submitting your abstract.  The 2023 program committee may also direct appropriate papers to the session. Additional papers will still be subject to approval by the symposium organizer.

Open Symposia

Open In-Person – Port of Call: Archaeologies of Labor and Movement through Ports
Organizer: Chelsea M. Cohen, Email:

Abstract: Connecting people across oceans, from rural landscapes to urban hubs, and interiors to coasts, ports play critical roles in the development and maintenance of the vestiges of nation and empire. While connections between ports and economic development are lasting and widespread objects of inquiry – the confluence of terrestrial and watery labor is increasingly embraced as worthy of study. Archaeologies of port labor precipitate visibility, both of those moving through ports and those obscured from other historiographies, but by whose hands these spaces were built and operated. This session brings together diverse perspectives on the archaeologies of labor and movement, both at and through ports from terrestrial and maritime archaeological perspectives, emphasizing the multi-scalar human dimensions in sites that are often discussed in predominantly macro-economic terms.

Open In-PersonMonuments and Statues to Women: Arrival of an Historical Reckoning of Memory and Commemoration
Organizer: John H. Jameson, Email: 

Abstract: In the United States, Europe, and elsewhere, statues that symbolize oppression and dominant political power have been removed, destroyed, defaced, or reinterpreted. In recent years, statues and monuments to women are arriving in the midst of a larger and significant global reckoning about historical authority and representation, especially in women’s achievements in passing legislation for the right to vote. In this session, we explore questions such as: What forces and motives–political, mythological, or otherwise–have driven the installation of monuments and statues to women? What are, and have been, the impediments? What patterns of erection, installation, or commemoration to women, or various representations of women, or women figures, have occurred over time from antiquity to the 21st century? What is the past, present, and projected future of monument statuary to women in different countries and cultures? What forces affect these projections? Is the movement of “Breaking the Bronze Ceiling” sustainable?

Open In-Person – Maritime Archaeology in West Africa
Organizer: Megan Crutcher, Email: 

Abstract: Over the past decades, maritime archaeology has found many homes in southern Africa, touching a broad range of subjects and themes. The global impact of African maritime activity through the historical period cannot be understated. However, the maritime archaeology of Africa is still a relatively new area of study with much to navigate. This symposium specifically centers the discussion on West Africa, where maritime archaeology is practiced in new and exciting ways on the Atlantic littoral and across lacustrine and riverine networks. Papers with diverse perspectives on underwater, maritime, and nautical archaeology that bridge various themes, regions, and periods in West African history are welcome.

Open In-Person – Colonial Forts in Comparative, Global, and Contemporary Perspective
Organizer: Michael Nassaney, and Sergio Escribano-Ruiz,

Abstract: Fortifications were critical material emplacements established by Dutch, English, French, Russian, and Spanish settlers to assert their ownership claims and defend their interests in prospective colonies throughout the world. Often established in frontier settings, forts played various roles in colonial ambitions and served as defensive strongholds, commercial centers, and political symbols. These polysemic settlements exhibited change over time (16th -19th centuries) and took various forms in different geographic places in response to environmental conditions, competition with rivals, and relations with indigenous groups. This material and social variation has led to a range of interpretations and acts of remembrance in the contemporary world. In this symposium we use archaeology to provide a historical, global, and comparative perspective on colonial fortifications. The papers demonstrate how material approaches have had a profound influence on the ways in which archaeologists and the general public imagine, commemorate, and celebrate fortified settlements.

Open In-Person – Investigating Cultural Aspects of Historic Mortuary Archaeology: Perspectives from Europe and North America
Organizers: Harold Mytum, and Richard Veit,

Abstract: Historic mortuary archaeology varies in greatly research focus and methodologies between different countries. This symposium comprises active researchers into the cultural aspects of mortuary culture (not human remains) above and below ground describing and analysing their approaches so that a comparative consideration can be gained in a field developing strongly on both sides of the Atlantic. Papers consider issues of past cultural practice and survival, variation in accessibility of historical mortuary materials, the ethics of memorial survey and excavation, and the application of a range of techniques on the same project. Including papers that consider above- or below-ground archaeology enables consideration of historic mortuary processes and the relative importance of different stages of this (from treatment of the dead, through interment to commemoration) to be materially represented.

Student Volunteer Opportunities

Coming fall 2022.

Conference Sponsorship

For five decades the SHA has been at the forefront in the dissemination of scholarly research on historical archaeology in North America and beyond. Our annual conference is our major opportunity to share with others our most recent research findings, advances in theories and methods, strategies for improving public archaeology, etc. We invite you to be a sponsor of the conference!

The 2023 Conference Committee welcomes innovative ideas for sponsorship. If you have such an idea, please contact SHA headquarters ( to start the discussions.

2023 Awards and Prizes

Information on applying for all of the awards and prizes for the SHA 2023 Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology will be found at:

Instructions for Poster Presenters

Each presenter will get one side of a two-sided poster board. The poster boards are 4′ by 8′ horizontal.

Exhibitor Prospectus

More information coming soon. The SHA welcomes exhibitors who share its mission and agree with its Ethics Principles, Conference Code of Conduct, and the SHA Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Policy

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