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Frequently Asked Questions

When and how can we register for the conference?

Registration for the conference is not yet open and won't be until sometime in the new year, but if you sign up for our email list you will get notified when registration is open. You can sign up to receive our emails at the bottom of the home page of our website ( Conference registration is separate from abstract submittal. If you submit an abstract you will still need to register for the conference.

Are there any tutorials I can watch to help with registration and using the platform?

Yes! Visit the Registration page ( for links to two tutorial videos.

What are the submission guidelines?

How long do I have to present it virtually? 10 minutes?

What will the meeting platform be? Zoom?

What is the recommended application for the presentation? MS PowerPoint?

What is the recommended number of pages? 10 pages?

The abstract submission sustem is currently active and details about the submission requirements can be found at Presentations are typically 15 minutes long with 5 mnutes at the end of questions. You can present live or asynchronous using a pre-recorded video. The platform is called Socio. It will allow you to upload Powerpoint slides and Powerpoint has the capability to record voiceover to a video-like slideshow. The page count is more of a question of what you can say in 15 minutes. For me, I aim for about 3,000 words of spoken text, which is carved out of a 4.500 to 5,000 word paper.


I see that there are two registration options – general and presenter. Which should I pick?

If you are the lead or only presenter of a poster or paper, please register as “presenter”. If you are not planning to be a lead or sole presenter of a poster or paper, please register as “general”. 


Will I receive confirmation of my registration? 

Yes, once you have completed your registration, you will receive a confirmation e-mail. 


What sort of network opportunities will there be for students and new professionals?

The conference committee is planning virtual social and networking activities for the 2022 conference. If there is a particular type of event you'd like to help organize or request, please contact The Association of Washington Archaeology also has mentorship resources: In the meantime they may be able to help get you in touch with people in the field to discuss career development.

What will the conference schedule look like? Is there any way that I could attend this conference without taking time off from work?

The conference doesn't have a specific schedule yet as we are still accepting submissions for papers. The conference will be virtual again in 2022 and will be held between March 9 and 12. Presentations will be available to view for a short time after the conference as well. 

Are you in need of volunteers?

The conference committee will put out a call for volunteers in January. You can sign up to receive our emails at the bottom of the home page of our website ( 

I plan on presenting multiple papers and/or posters. Do I need to register separately for each presentation?

No. In instances where you are the primary or only author for multiple presentations, register for one of the presentations. Then send an e-mail to The e-mail should include the following items:

(1) that you have registered;

(2) that you will be the primary or only author for multiple presentations; and

(3) the title, abstract (less than 200 words per presentation), three key words, co-authors, and whether each presentation is part of an existing session for each additional presentation. 


I understand that the conference will be entirely online this year. Do I need to access the conference via app, webpage, or something else?

This year’s event will be hosted on the Socio platform. Socio can be accessed by both webpage and app. As of March 2021, the conference platform is still under construction. Once the platform has been completed, all registered attendees will receive an e-mail with a link to the conference event. 


I have questions about the conference event – including access, logistics for presenting, system requirements, etc. 

We will continue to update this FAQ in the lead-up to the conference. Please return to this page to check for updated content. 


I have additional questions that aren’t listed in the FAQ, who should I reach out to?

If you have additional questions, please send them to

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