CAA is an international organisation bringing together archaeologists, mathematicians and computer scientists. Its aims are to encourage communication between these disciplines, to provide a survey of present work in the field and to stimulate discussion and future progress. Membership is open to anyone on payment of a nominal fee.

Annual Conference

CAA organises an annual international scientific conference, where practitioners can present their work in paper sessions, and discuss developments with colleagues from all over the world in round tables and workshops. The conference sessions cover a wide range of topics, including data acquisition and recording, conceptual modelling, semantic technologies, data analysis, data management, digital 3D object reconstruction, image visualisation in archaeology, geophysics and GIS.

Next year’s conference will be held in Tübingen, Germany, from 19 to 23 March 2018.

Papers presented at CAA conferences are published in the CAA Proceedings , that are peer-reviewed and published within one year of the conference. Conference proceedings have been published since 1973.

National Chapters

Apart from organising the international conference, CAA encourages the establishment of national chapters , that can organise local conferences and facilitate the exchange of ideas between practitioners in their own language.

Organisational structure

CAA is managed by a Steering Committee , consisting of 5 officers who are elected during the Annual General Meeting at the international conference. At the discretion of the Steering Committee, CAA members can be co-opted to the Steering Committee to perform specific tasks, or to advise the Steering Committee. For more details, see the CAA Constitution.

Some history

CAA grew out of a small group of archaeologists and mathematicians interested in computer applications working in the UK in the early 1970s. The first conference was organized in Birmingham in 1973. It gradually evolved into an international event, and in 1992 it was organized outside the UK for the first time. Since then, CAA conferences have taken place in a different country each year. Since 2006 conferences are held outside Europe as well. For more details, see the CAA History page.


For more information, contact the CAA Secretary.