NASC 2014

From 1998 to 2004, the National Archaeology Student Conference (NASC) aimed to provide a supportive forum for undergraduate, Honours and post-graduate students, and those who have recently completed their degrees, to present and discuss their ideas and research. The scope of NASC encompassed all fields of archaeological inquiry, irrespective of geographical focus. Participation was open to students at Australian and overseas universities.

We are proud to announce that NASC will return in 2014 after a 10-year hiatus. In keeping with the original aims of the conference, NASC 2014 will provide an opportunity for archaeology students around Australia and overseas to experience the workings of a professional conference within a friendly and peer-mediated environment. Students are encouraged to share their research and provide constructive feedback to their peers, all the while enjoying the conference proceedings and social events held throughout the span of the conference. NASC will be held at Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia over the weekend of the 11th-13th of April. You can find out more about past NASC conferences here.

Students of the Flinders University Archaeology Department have been working throughout semester one 2013 to relaunch the initiative that began over fifteen years ago (when most of us were still at school!). As organisation of the conference progresses, the website and information pages will be updated with news and announcements for our future delegates and presenters. The NASC mailing list is now available – join the mailing list here to stay up-to-date with news!

- National Archaeology Student Conference Organising Committee


Click here to register and submit an abstract.

Registration NOW OPEN

Earlybird registration (November 6th-December 31st)

  • Student*: $80
  • Non-student: $100

Standard registration (January 1st-April 11th)

  • Student*: $100
  • Non-student: $120

*Student price includes both full-time and part-time students that have a valid student card either at the time of registration, or at the time of the conference. Proof will be required.

Included in registration:

  • entry to NASC 2014,
  • a keynote presentation by Dr Annie Clarke,
  • a keynote presentation by Professor Emeritus Brian Fagan,
  • an informal dinner on the opening night,
  • lunch, morning tea and afternoon tea on each day of the conference,
  • a conference bag with the program and other cool stuff, and
  • a copy of the proceedings of NASC, which will be mailed to you after the conference.

Keynote speakers

Dr Annie Clarke

Annie is a Senior Lecturer in Archaeology and Heritage Studies at the University of Sydney. She has previously been a Lecturer in Archaeology at the ANU, a Lecturer in Archaeology and Cultural Resource Management at Charles Sturt University and held post-doctoral Fellowships at the North Australian Research Unit, Darwin and the ANU. Annie first saw the relevance and value of an archaeology student conference, which she realised in 1998 with the inaugural NASC.

Professor Emeritus Brian Fagan

The author of numerous text books, Brian Fagan is well known to archaeology students. From 1967 to 2003, he served as Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara before retiring from teaching in 2003. Brian is now a full-time writer and guest lecturer throughout the world. Brian is an excellent choice for a student conference as his textbooks are often amongst the first an archaeology student buys and we are thrilled that he is available for NASC.

Call for abstracts

***Abstract submission has been extended until the 28th of February***

We will be accepting proposals to present papers and posters at NASC until the 31st of January 2014. Anyone that is currently studying or has studied within the last two years can submit an abstract. Click on the ‘registration and abstracts’ tab of our website to create a user account and submit your 150-300 word abstract.

If you are unsure of how to write an abstract, please click here for some pointers.

  • Presentations will be strictly ten minutes, with five minutes of question time at the end. Timing is everything. You will be interrupted if you go over these times.
  • Posters should be portrait orientation and A0 size. If you have any questions about producing a poster, please email
  • All presenters and poster authors will receive constructive feedback from a panel of senior archaeologists. More details, including criteria will be released soon.

Information about volunteer opportunities, optional closing night dinner and tours will be released soon.

6 thoughts on “NASC 2014

  1. I will be just about finished my first year by April, so would not have anything to present. Can I still attend? It would be a good opportunity to meet fellow students at the very least

  2. A friend wrote to me from Tanzania, she is doing her PhD in South Africa (Pretoria University), but currently doing her research in Tanzania, asking if she could participate and if there is any kind of assistance like air ticket and accommodation then she pays registration fee and carter for her food?

  3. There seems to be a problem in transferring the money for the registration fee to your account due to the Payee name. Could I pay when I arrive at the conference in Adelaide?

    • Hi Olivier, we prefer that payments are made beforehand. You can do that via electronic transfer (online banking), or direct deposit at a NAB branch using the details that were emailed to you. You can use “NASC” as the Payee name on any transactions. In extreme cases, we will accept payment at the registration desk. Please email Andrew Wilkinson at to sort something out.


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