2018 ASHA/AIMA Joint Conference - The Clearinghouse

Come see all the research that’s been hiding!
Come hear all the results that haven’t seen the light of day!
Come and listen to all the wondrous things people have done in the past!

Welcome to the 2018 AIMA/ASHA conference, proudly brought to you by University of New England!

The Clearinghouse is all about dusting off that old research and getting it out into the light. It’s time for the honour thesis you did ten years ago to be presented, that project you did in that in-between year to show itself, and for the “I really should do something with that” to finally have something done with it…by presenting at this year’s AIMA/ASHA conference 26-28 September 2018.

Just to be clear, we want genuine research and good presentations, not a slide show of your summer holidays. For this reasons we’re keeping the themes as broad as we can. Fear not if you don’t think your research fits in, we want you to submit your abstract anyway and we’ll find a place for it!

We are looking forward to seeing you in Parramatta!

AIMA/ASHA 2018 Conference Committee

When: 26 - 28 September 2018
Where: UNE Campus Parramatta

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The Clearinghouse - AIMA/ASHA Conference 2018


The general call for papers has closed, but...

New to ASHA/AIMA: ‘The Clearinghouse Speed Trials’

If you have presentation material but not enough for a full paper, you can still participate!
The conference will now have the ‘The Clearinghouse Speed Trials’ session on Friday morning.
Speakers will have up to 3 slides and a timed 3 minutes to tell us about your interesting, odd or exciting archaeological objects, sites, ideas or experiences.

To participate contact –


The draft conference schedule (including papers) is available here.


Wednesday 26 September 10:00 to 5:00 | ASHA workshops and tours (see draft pdf program for details).
5:30 to 7:00 | Welcome and Conference Speaker - Dr Fred Hocker (Curator of the Vasa Museum), UNE Campus, 211 Church St, Parramatta
7:00 | Welcome drinks with finger food at Skye ( Philip Ruddock Heritage Centre, 45 Macquarie St, Parramatta).
Thursday 27 September 9:00 to 3:00 | Conference sessions, with catering (morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea).
3:30 to 5:00 | ASHA and AIMA Annual General Meetings
Friday 28 September 9:00 to 5:00 | Conference sessions, with catering (morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea).
Conference Dinner - Alex and Co from 6pm.


Conference registration is now open. Register through the AIMA website. Please check the website later to book additional conference workshops, tours and events. Early bird registration is open until August 10. Please note there are no early bird tickets for students and non-society members. All registrations close on the 10th September.

Conference rates
Event Early bird
(until 10 August)
Full rate
(after 10 August)
Full-time: ASHA/AIMA member $200 $250
Single-day: ASHA/AIMA member $120 $120
Full-time: ASHA/AIMA non-member $280 $280
Single-day: ASHA/AIMA non-member $200 $200
Full-time: student $120 $120
Single-day: student $60 $60
Conference Dinner Registration $80

Registration includes:

  • Pre-conference opening reception on the evening of 26th September at the Parramatta UNE Campus followed by welcome drinks with finger food at the Philip Ruddock Heritage Centre.
  • Conference papers on current research and initiatives in maritime and historical archaeology and associated fields on 27th and 28th September.
  • Catering: morning tea, light lunch, afternoon tea.
  • Conference pack: name tag, a programme overview, give-aways and local information. The conference dinner is on the evening of the 28th at Alex and Co and is $80 per person.
  • Single day registration includes the conference papers and catering for the day selected, but does not include the welcome event.


Session themes for the conference include:

  • Parramatta
  • Artefacts
  • Landscapes
  • Management and collections
  • Management and community
  • Rivers
  • Technologies
  • Sites


This conference is supported by: