The CHAT group provides opportunities for dialogue among researchers in the fields of later historical archaeology and the archaeology of the contemporary world. Our work is grounded in archaeology, but promotes interdisciplinary dialogue. Since its establishment in 2003, the group has held annual conferences, published conference proceedings, and hosted a lively mailing list for the circulation of information related to theory and practice in contemporary and historical archaeology internationally.


In November 2023, we invite you to join us in Patras, Greece to celebrate 20 years of CHAT! At the meeting we will address the past, present and future of historical and contemporary archaeology. Hosted by Nota Pantzou at the Rio Campus of Patras University (Greece) with colleagues from the University and its Museum of Science and Technology. The Call for Papers is open! Find out more about the Patras conference.


Since 2006, our specialist sub series from BAR Publishing has embraced all forms of theory in contemporary and historical archaeologies. We are committed to publishing writing that increases our understanding of how the past can be a mode through which values of equality, human rights, and social justice may be redefined to shape the present. Find out more about publishing with us.


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