7th APWG meeting “Beautiful Anomalies” Tartu, Estonia

Department of Archaeology, Institute of History and Archaeology
University of Tartu, Jakobi Str. 2, Tartu, Estonia – 23–26 May 2019

For any queries, please contact:
Eve Rannamäe, everannamae@gmail.com OR icaz.apwg@gmail.com

  1. Abstract submission
  2. Registration
  3. Travel and accommodation
  4. Organising committee
  5. Organising institutions
  6. Supporters
  7. Preliminary program


Abstract submission

The deadline for abstract submission was 20th February and is now closed. In total of 17 oral presentations and 6 posters were submitted. All presenters have now been notified about the acceptance of their proposals.
Oral presentations should be 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes for questions and discussion. Presentation slides can be in pdf or ppt format (please note there is no presenter view available for the PowerPoint). For other formats please contact everannamae@gmail.com.
Poster presentations will be on display throughout the conference. During a dedicated poster session each presenter will be given 5 minutes to give a brief overview of their poster.


The deadline for registration was 15th March and is now closed
Registration fee is €50.00 per participant and includes conference package, coffee breaks, lunches, reception, town excursion and river tour. Payment details are in the registration form.
Fees for the conference dinner and 1-day field-trip will be collected separately upon your arrival.

Travel and accommodation

All travel and accommodation is to be organised and payed by each participant themselves. All questions are also welcome at everannamae@gmail.com.

How to get to Tartu?
The main airport in Estonia is the Tallinn Airport, so it is recommended to search for flights to Tallinn.

  • From the airport, there’s a direct bus to Tartu city center (although an earlier stop by the town hall, few hundred meters before the final stop at the coach station, can be requested). This is a LuxExpress bus, with journey time of 2.5h. To get from the airport’s arrival gate to the bus stop, turn immediately right and walk straight along the hallway until you can exit the building – a bus stop is just by the exit doors. I would recommend buying the bus ticket online from the LuxExpress web page, as buses could be sold out. Additionally, there’s a possibility to buy a ticket from the ticket machine just by the exit doors near the bus stop, or from the driver (cash or card). The ticket costs 3-10 euros. When giving the driver your luggage to put it in the bus’es luggage compartment, let the driver know where do you want to exit: town hall stop or the main coach station.
  • When you’re travelling to Tartu from Tallinn city center, you can take the same direct LuxExpress bus, but from the main coach station (start from the coach station, second stop at the airport, and then straight to Tartu).
  • To get from the airport to Tallinn city center (or vice versa), you can take a taxi (available at the main entrance of the airport, cost to city center around 10 euros) or take a tram no. 4, which goes around every 10-15 min (see timetables here). The tram stop is in the same place as the LuxExpress bus stop. Tickets can be bought from the driver (around 2 euros per ticket, pay in cash).
  • To get from the Tartu coach station to your hotel, there should be taxis waiting by the main entrance. However, Tartu is a small town, and probably your hotel would be in the range of a few hundred meters and thus in a walking distance.

The alternative airport would be a small Tartu Airport, which operates only Finnair flights between Helsinki. To get to the city center from the Tartu Airport, get an Airport Express bus or a taxi (more information here).

Tartu is a small town and most of the hotels are within the walking distance to the conference venue (Philosophicum, Jakobi Str. 2). There are many options available in Booking.com, but please note that some hotels are already sold out for these dates. In case of any questions or worries regarding the accommodation, please don’t hesitate to contact everannamae@gmail.com.

Organising committee

Eve Rannamäe – University of York, UK / University of Tartu, Estonia
Lembi Lõugas – Tallinn University, Estonia
Freydis Ehrlich – University of Tartu, Estonia
Martin Malve – University of Tartu, Estonia
William Taylor – Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Germany

Organising institutions

Department of Archaeology, University of Tartu
Archaeological Research Collection, Tallinn University


Institute of History and Archaeology, University of Tartu
International Council for Archaeozoology (ICAZ)

Preliminary program

Conference venue: Department of Archaeology, Institute of History and Archaeology, University of Tartu – Philosophicum, Jakobi Str. 2, room 213 (if not stated otherwise)

Thursday, 23rd May
Please note that lunch is not provided on Thursday, 23rd May. But there are many pubs, restaurants and cafeterias around the town center, very close to the meeting venue!
13.00-13.30 Registration and coffee
13.30-13.45 Welcoming words
13.45-14.30 Tour at the archaeology department and collections
14.30-16.00 Oral presentations
16.00-16.30 Coffee break
16.30-17.30 Oral presentations
17.30-18.00 Poster session
18.00-20.00 Reception at the University of Tartu Art Museum (Ülikooli Str. 18)

Friday, 24th May
9.00-9.30 Registration and coffee
9.30-12.30 Visit to the Estonian University of Life Sciences Anatomy Museum – tour and hands-on session (Kreutzwaldi Str. 62)
12.30-13.30 Lunch
13.30-15.30 Oral presentations
15.30-16.00 Coffee break
16.00-18.00 Oral presentations
19.00 Conference dinner at the Gunpowder Cellar (Lossi Str. 28)

Saturday, 25th May
9.00-9.30 Registration and coffee
9.30-11.00 Oral presentations
11.00-11.30 Coffee break
11.30-12.30 Oral presentations
12.30-13.00 Final discussion
13.00-14.00 Lunch
14.00-15.30 Town excursion to archaeological and historical sites in Tartu
18.00-20.00 River tour with light meal on river Emajõgi on a historical barge “Jõmmu”

Sunday, 26th May
09.30-20.00 Field trip in southern Estonia
Preliminary program includes visits to the Elistvere Animal Park, Estonian native horse stables, Late Iron Age Tilleoru Kantsimägi hillfort and Rõuge experimental Viking Age farm. Starting and finishing point is Tartu.