January 6-9, 2021
Join us for the first virtual Society for Historical Archaeology conference!
The theme this year is “An Archaeological Decameron: Research, Interpretation, and Engagement in the Time of Pandemic”.
In the middle of the 14th century, as Europe was in the grip of bubonic plague, the Italian author Giovanni Boccaccio (1313–1375) wrote his masterpiece, The Decameron. The book is framed as a collection of stories told by a group of 10 young people who had fled Florence to escape the Black Death. Socially distanced in a villa outside the city, they told each other tales to pass the time and to provide a distraction from the pandemic. In 2020, as a different pandemic circled the globe, the Board of the Society for Historical Archaeology, with the health and safety of its members, staff, and the archaeological community in mind, made the difficult decision to alter the form of the 2021 annual conference, planned for Lisbon, Portugal. Rather than cancel altogether, an untenable and agonizing thought, the Board decided to take the SHA conference virtual.
Make sure to visit our virtual book table to browse our recent titles in historical archaeology and discover a great conference discount!