About

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.

Background

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).

A short survey was conducted by BWA at TAG Durham in 2009 (results appended below the code of conduct text). At this time it was envisaged that the TAG organisers would take these provisions forward for future conferences, however this has not been the case.

The widely admired inclusive history and ethos of TAG calls for a broadened remit 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.

TAG has the opportunity to offer a best practice model, as a positive example for other meetings and students (our future professionals) as well as the wider discipline. We urge TAG and other archaeology conference organisers to consider these issues as primary actions for planning and running meetings.