Inclusive Archaeology came about in 2016 through informal conversations around the provisions for childcare at key archaeological conferences, but quickly widened to include other issues around ensuring that our professional meetings are as accessible as possible.


In the UK, the Theoretical Archaeology Group (TAG) conference in 2008 (Southampton) and 2009 (Durham) undertook action for accessibility, including on-site childcare facilities with a local childcare provider, prompted by the organisation British Women Archaeologists (BWA).

Since 2009 various conferences have begun to take some small steps towards greater inclusivity, but there are still a host of ways things need to be improved. We present here a general call for accessibility, reflecting 21st century goals for equality, social responsibility and the professionalization of archaeology as a discipline. Achieving this requires the recognition of issues, often intersecting, that make it harder for some individuals than others to participate than others.

We applaud TAG and the CIFA Equality and Diversity working group for positive movement to improve conditions, and we hope they and others will continue to offer further developments and act as positive examples for other meetings, as well as the wider discipline. We urge all archaeology conference organisers to consider the issues and suggestions listed here as primary actions for planning and running meetings.