Constitution of CAA Germany

The Constitution of Computer Applications in Archaeology – German Chapter

1. The full title of the organisation is “Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology – Germany” (in German “AG Computeranwendungen und quantitative Methoden in der Archäologie”). This may be abbreviated to “CAA-D”, “CAA Germany” or “AG CAA”.

2. The aims of the organisation are:
a) to bring together archaeologists, mathematicians and computer scientists;
b) to encourage communication between these disciplines;
c) to give a survey of present work in the field;
d) to stimulate discussion and future progress.

3.  Membership of CAA-D shall be open to anyone without payment. Membership of CAA-D does not include a free membership of the international CAA ( Members who want to attend the annual conference of the international CAA have to become members of that organisation according to the constitution published at (article 3).
Members are entitled to the following:
a) keeping their name and address on the mailing list held by the speakers of the CAA Germany,
b) receiving a copy of all mailings,
c) voting at the general meetings.

4. i) CAA-D shall be administered by three speakers.
ii) The speakers will be elected biennially at the CAA-D meeting.
iii) One of the speakers of CAA-D will be designated, by the speakers, as the representative of the national chapter to CAA international (ex-officio member of the steering committee of the international CAA; [article 4.iv]).

5. The task of the speakers is twofold:
i) To ensure, to the best of their ability, that an annual national conference does take place. This conference can be part of an existing conference like the German Archaeological Congresses (Verbandstagungen der Deutschen Altertumsverbände), the annual conference of the German Classification Society (GfKl) or the annual international CAA conference.
ii) To arrange the publication of selected papers given at these conferences.

6. The speakers shall meet at least once a year during the annual conference.

7 . i) Notice of a General Meeting, together with the formal proposals for discussion and, in particular, any changes to the Constitution, must be posted at at least 21 days before the date of the meeting.
ii) Normally the Biennial General Meeting (BGM) shall be held at the annual conference. Attendance at the BGM shall be open to all CAA-D members, whether or not they are attending the conference.
iii) The election of speakers shall take place at the BGM, normally by show of hands. All nominations must be submitted to the present speakers at least 10 days beforehand and the willingness of the candidate to stand must be demonstrated.
iv) If it is not possible to hold the BGM during the annual conference, then the speakers shall call an BGM as quickly as is compatible with the required period of notice to members.

8.  Any changes to this constitution must be approved by a 75% majority of votes at a BGM. Such changes shall not take effect until they have been announced at the BGM.