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Call for Papers: HARN International Conference 2017

May 24, 2017

‘Not within the scope of this argument’:Archives and Rabbit Holes


  HARN (Histories of Archaeology Research Network) Conference 2017

3 November 2017

UCLan Campus

Preston, UK

 HARN 2017

As archaeologists and historians, we depend upon archives as crucial repositories of primary and secondary sources.  We visit them to dive deeper into our subjects and to learn about people and events on a personal level.  Not only are archives rich in unpublished sources that undoubtedly add new angles to our scholarship, but they also produce a number of curious topics that simply do not fit within the scope of our projects.  The goal of this conference is to highlight the utility of archives in our work as historians and archaeologists and we hope to analyse the purpose of archives in our unique investigations while at the same time answering questions about archival research. We focus specifically on the idea of research rabbit holes.  We have all fallen into these, but what subjects keep leading us astray?  Or are we led astray?  Does the seemingly unrelated material bring us back to our original research?  We have all experienced the mischief of archives and their materials but they do not always fit in the scope of our larger research.  We invite presentations that talk about and analyse the important influence archives, archival materials, and the tangents that pull us away temporarily.

Papers may focus on the study of archival research as a methodology, but we will give preference to papers that allow researchers to discuss a topic that they have found interesting but that does not fit within the scope of their usual projects.

We are seeking abstracts of 250 words for papers/presentations that will be no longer than 20 minutes.  By August 1, 17:00 GMT, send your abstracts in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format with your name, institutional affiliation, title, and contact information to  Please note that all presenters must be members of HARN, which is free, or will join automatically upon acceptance.


June 19, 2017

Josef Mario Briffa,

Pontifical Biblical Institute (

Josef Mario Briffa SJ is Lecturer at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome. He read for a Licentiate in Sacred Scripture at the same institute (2012), and for a PhD at the UCL Institute of Archaeology (2017) on The Figural World of the Southern Levant during the Late Iron Age. He has recently co-authored, with Dr Claudia Sagona, a Catalogue of Artefacts from Malta at the British Museum (Archaeopress, 2017), and has researched extensively on Fr Emmanuel Magri SJ (1851-1907), pioneer in Maltese archaeology and folklore studies. He currently also works on archival material held at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome and Jerusalem, with a particular interest in the excavations of Teleilat Ghassul. He has excavated in Malta and Israel, and is a staff member of The Lautenschläger Azekah Expedition.

Welcome, Josef, and many thanks for joining our community!

A Grand Adventure

June 15, 2017

A Grand Adventure

The Lives of Helge and Anne Stine Ingstad and Their Discovery of a Viking Settlement in North America – Benedicte Ingstad


“Benedicte Ingstad’s biography of her parents succeeds on many different levels. It is first and foremost a portrait of two remarkably different explorers who eventually made one of the most important archaeological discoveries of their time. The book is also a terrific adventure yarn and a wonderful scientific mystery story. Researchers had long puzzled over whether the descriptions in Scandinavian sagas of Viking voyages to Vinland were in fact true. Deeply fascinated by these accounts, Helge and Anne Stine Ingstad set out to solve the mystery. The author presents their superb detective work in a deft, engaging way. This book is a classic.”—Heather Pringle, author of In Search of Ancient North America: An Archaeological Journey to Forgotten Cultures

In 1960, Helge Ingstad and Anne Stine Ingstad made a discovery that rewrote the history of European exploration and colonization of North America – a thousand-year-old Viking settlement at L’Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland. In A Grand Adventure, the Ingstads’ daughter Benedicte tells the story of their remarkable lives spent working together, sharing poignant details from her parents’ private letters, personal diaries, their dinner table conversations, and Benedicte’s own participation in her parents’ excavations.

Following young Helge Ingstad from his 1926 decision to abandon a successful law practice for North American expeditions through Canada’s Barren Lands, Alaska’s Anaktuvuk Pass, and the mountains of northern Mexico, the story recounts his governorship of Norwegian territories and marriage to Anne Stine Moe. The author then traces Helge and Anne Stine’s travels around the world, focusing in particular on their discovery of the Viking settlement at the northern tip of Newfoundland. With Anne Stine as the head archaeologist, they excavate these ruins for eight years, while weathering destructive skepticism from academic peers, until indisputable evidence is unearthed and their find is confirmed. A remarkable look at a personal and professional relationship, A Grand Adventure shows two explorers’ unrelenting drive and unfailing courage.

Benedicte Ingstad is professor emerita of medical anthropology at the University of Oslo.

McGill-Queen’s University Press | June 2017 | 472pp | 9780773549685 | HB | £33.00*

20% discount with this code: CSL17AGABI**

*Price subject to change.

**Offer excludes the USA, South America and Australia.

CfP Silk Road Workshop

June 12, 2017

International workshop:  
The Rise and Fall: Environmental Factors in the Socio-Cultural Changes of the Ancient Silk Road Area
September 28-29, 2017
Kiel University, Germany

Call for Papers


Dr. Liang E. Yang, Graduate School Human Development in Landscapes, Kiel University
Prof. Dr. Josef Wiesehöfer, Institute of Classical Antiquity, Kiel University
Prof. Dr. Hans-Rudolf Bork, Institute for Ecosystem Research, Kiel University
Millinda Hoo, Graduate School Human Development in Landscapes, Kiel University


Supported by: Graduate School Human Development in Landscapes, Kiel University
Past Global Changes project (PAGES)


The Silk Road is a modern concept for an ancient network of trade routes that for centuries facilitated and intensified processes of cultural interaction and goods exchange between West China, Central Asia, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean. The Silk Road flourished when the Han dynasty explored Central Asia around 139 BCE and thrived throughout Antiquity and far into Middle Ages under the Islamic and Mongol Empires. Along the ancient Silk Road, empires, dynasties and the associated institutions, social structures, and economic systems changed for several reasons. There is increasing discussion that climate and environmental factors may also have played a role in fostering economic and socio-cultural changes along the Silk Road and in a broader area. Coherent patterns and synchronous events in history suggest possible links between social upheaval and climate/environment forces; in some cases, environmental factors have been claimed as multipliers that accelerated socio-cultural changes. Such links between climatic, environmental, economic, social, and cultural changes would have manifested themselves differently according to place and time; however, it often remains unclear if and how exactly they affect socio-cultural situations on the ground.

The Silk Road serves as the geographical scope and inspirational concept for the workshop. The objective of this workshop is to increase our understanding of the role played by the environment in socio-cultural changes that occurred in the territories along the ancient Silk Roads, and to initiate a network of young researchers to facilitate international connectivity and multidisciplinary cooperation. Specific topics include (but are not limited to):

  •   Paleoclimate and environment changes in the Silk Road area
    ·   Proxy reconstructions of environment disasters and socio-cultural consequences
    ·   Climate-related human migration and demographic changes
    ·   Conflicts, cooperation, institution, and social organization under environmental stresses
    ·   Quantitative, qualitative, and material culture approaches to analyzing relationships between environmental and social and cultural changes


The workshop especially encourages junior researchers (PhD students and postdocs) to participate. Interested participants are encouraged to submit a 500 word abstract via email by June 30, 2017, and state the willingness to submit a full paper. Full paper is due by the time of the workshop for the peer review process, and a book of the proceedings will be published by early 2018.

Authors will be notified of acceptance/rejection by 14 July 2017. Those selected to contribute to the workshop will receive full funding to cover the costs of participation.

Contact: Dr. Liang Emlyn Yang (

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Conference Invitation

June 8, 2017

HARN member, Brigitta Mader, has notified us of the following conference at the University of Vienna celebrating over 100 years of archaeology there. It is taking place on the 23rd of June at the Institut für Urgeschichte und Historische Archäologie. Unfortunately I’m still struggling with uploading pdfs to the blog (and if someone could send me an email telling me how to do this I’d be very grateful) so rather than supply you with the details I’m going to have to use a link. Go to for more information.



June 7, 2017

Helene Maloigne, University College London

Department of History

I am a PhD student at University College London, Dept. of History, under the supervision of Prof Eleanor Robson.

My research currently investigates the intersection between professional archaeology and the popularization of the subject in interwar Britain. My main case study are the publications of Charles Leonard Woolley, mainly concerned with his excavations at Ur in southern Iraq. I hold an MA in Archaeology and Art History from the University of Bern (Switzerland) and an MA in Museum Studies from the Institute of Archaeology, UCL (UK).

I furthermore work as the registrar at the Tell Atchana/ancient Alalakh excavations in Turkey and co-curated the exhibition The Forgotten Kingdom. Archaeology and Photography at ancient Alalakh, shown at the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (Koç University) in Istanbul in 2014 (

Welcome, Helene, and many thanks for joining our community!


June 1, 2017


David Fleming

My undergraduate degree (Institute of Archaeology, London), master’s (SOAS) and doctorate (Oxford) are in Near Eastern archaeology, with an emphasis on eastern Iran and Afghanistan. My history of archaeology interest is in the creation and development of the British Institute of Afghan Studies, which sponsored the excavations at Kandahar (and some of my work) and which had a brief, tumultuous life from 1972 to 1982.

Welcome, David, and many thanks for joining our community!


May 25, 2017


Brigitta Mader

Brigitta Mader, PhDr, is a freelance scientist associated to the Institute of Oriental and European Archaeology (OREA) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna. She studied slavistics and prehistoric as well as early mediaeval archaeology at the University of Vienna. After several field researches and studies on the glagolitic heritage in Istria and Italy she specialized in Archive Archaeology. Her work is focused on the history of prehistoric archaeology and heritage conservation (research institutions, museums, private collections, biographies of researchers, reconstruction of excavations, archaeospeleology, history of prehistoric discipline, methods and conservation of monuments etc. ) in Austria with special regard to the “international” Hapsburg Monarchy period (XIX cent.- 1918). Brigitta Mader headed independent research projects, worked for museums in Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Croatia and Italy, is exhibition curator and author of international publications. Actually she is researching on the Prehistoric Commission of the Austrian Academy of Sciences during the years of National Socialism and preparing a project about archaeology in Bosnia Hercegovina in the Austrian period.

Welcome, Brigitta, and many thanks for joining our community!