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Session on the history of archaeology at EAA 2019 (Bern, 4-7 September 2019)

February 12, 2019

Erik tells me that the deadline has been extended to the 18th of February.

My apologies for the extremely short deadline on this: 14th February. Laura emailed me on the 9th and I meant to post it then but completely forgot – my excuse is that it was my daughter’s 7th birthday on Friday and then to add to the rainbow, sparkly, glittery excitement we bought a house this weekend and we’ve all been completely overexcited ever since, I think these are excellent excuses, I suspect you all may not agree!

Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia | Instituto de História Contemporânea-CEHFCi-UÉ-FCSH-Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Portugal | e-mail:

Universitat de Barcelona, Spain | e-mail:;

IPOA – Universitat de Barcelona, Spain | e-mail:

ICREA and Universitat de Barcelona, Spain | e-mail:
Archaeological collections are invaluable sources for reconstructing different aspects of the histories of archaeology. The study of archival documents, publications and newspaper articles related to the constitution and later evolution of such collections brings us insights into the development of archaeological theory and practice, the emergence of interdisciplinarity, as well as into the production and circulation of scientific knowledge across time. It also reveals the potential and role of archaeological collections in identity construction, and in shaping various types of networks and power relationships within the discipline of archaeology. This session aims to unveil the invisible stories behind both private and public archaeological collections in Europe and beyond, from the nineteenth to the twentieth century. We welcome papers that explore topics such as the agendas and ideologies behind collecting, researching and exhibiting archaeological objects and collections; the scientific narratives built around collections; the contribution of collections to the evolution of archaeological interpretations and to fostering pluri- and interdisciplinary collaborations and investigations; the role(s) of collections in the production, transfer and exchange of knowledge, as well as in building local, regional and national identities. We would also like to encourage discussions about the hierarchies and networks (e.g., social, academic) that were formed around collections between locals, collectors, amateurs, and professionals, in addition to their involvement in the birth and development of archaeological societies and museums. Following the EAA 2018 session “Archaeology and interdisciplinarity & interdisciplinarity in archaeology: stories of a long and diversified journey (19th-21st centuries)”, this proposal
also aims to get a broader and more detailed picture of some aspects of the research project ‘InterArq – Archaeology and Interdisciplinarity’.

Keywords: Archaeological collections; Invisible stories; Interdisciplinarity; Identities; History of archaeology

Paper and poster proposals must be submitted by 14 February 2019, through the online submission form of the 25th Annual Meeting of the EAA. Accepted and rejected abstracts will be announced by 26 March 2019. Please note that all the delegates participating in the Annual Meeting must be current EAA members (paid-up for 2019) and registered for the Annual Meeting. 

Information about registration, membership fees, deadlines, provisional programme and other details can be found on the webpage of EAA 2019.


CfP Special Issue: Social Resilience to Climate Changes in the Past

February 7, 2019

Liang Emlyn Yang has been in touch with the following update to the original call for papers that was announced in November:

I would like to first inform you the updated program of our conference. Our session 11 is scheduled on Thursday and Friday, March 14-15, 2019. Please check the website.
Though a few of you may not be able to attend the conference, you are encouraged to contribute to our journal special issue on the theme “Social Resilience to Climate Changes in the Past”. Guest editors are Liang Emlyn Yang, Mara Weinelt, Ingmar Unkel, Jonna Seguin.

Both the journals Quaternary Science Reviews and Environmental Research Letters have expressed interests in hosting such a special issue, while their formal decision will be made upon receiving our complete proposal with details of the intended papers.  QSR focuses strongly on natural sciences while ERL welcomes social/historian papers. And, ERL is an Open Access journal that charges publishing fees. 

While papers for the special issue will be primarily from our conference participants, contributions from outside could also be considered.  If you are interested, please send me your commitment (first draft of full paper) one week before the conference, i.e. March 04, 2019, which must include the following information:

  • Title of your paper
  • Detail information of all authors, full names, affiliation, emails
  • Abstract (200-300 words)
  • Main text of at least 1500 words; additional graphes and tables are welcome
  • Preferred/suitable journal for your paper: QSR or ERL, and please state reasons
  • When do you plan to submit complete fullpaper? We request all papers in the issue to be submitted by August 31, 2019 for peer-review. 

I look forward to hearing your responses and to meeting many of you in Kiel!

Best wishes,

Reminder: HARN needs YOU!

February 5, 2019

I promise I won’t spend the next month only telling you that you need to volunteer as a HARN administrator if you want to see the network continue – but I will be reminding you of this on a regular basis. We do have two new volunteers, wonderful people that they are and I will be introducing them in future posts, however, two volunteers out of a membership of several hundred (and nearly the same number of blog followers) is pretty poor. The more administrators there are the less work there is to be done by those volunteers. Even if you can only spend an hour a week helping out that would make a big difference – this is your network, if you want to keep it going then you need to become involved. In recent years very few of you have been actively engaged with the group, and if HARN is going to survive as a meaningful entity then it needs more members doing more work. It really is that simple.

Important Announcement/ Situations Vacant

January 24, 2019
HARN members have already been alerted to the imminent changes about to take place amongst your cohort of Administrators, but partly because I know we have a wider audience than just the membership and particularly in view of the limited response we had to the email I’m announcing the upcoming changes here too.
Now, I should stress right at the beginning of this post that ordinarily I’m not very good with change. In fact some people* have said I am appalling at changes of any kind, but I’m feeling optimistic and upbeat about these even though they are big, big changes.

So, I hear you ask impatiently, what exactly are these changes? Are we moving? Redecorating? Becoming historians of architecture rather than archaeology? No. Well sort of moving, that is to say, Kate, Ulf and I, are moving on. And yes, this was the earworm I had while typing (as well as this one). Kate has been here since HARN began back in 2008, Ulf and I came on board more recently and alongside Pamela, Jonty, James and Clare we have been HARN for the last five years. And, it’s been great fun, I’ve enjoyed the experience tremendously, I’ve learnt a lot and I’m particularly happy that some of you have gone from being valued commentators to proper real life friends. I am hugely grateful to have had this time, however, the three of us feel it’s time to stand aside, to get fresh voices, different perspectives and directions on the histories of archaeology.

We’re not going immediately, we’ll be here until the 1st of March 2019 (St David’s Day, don’t you know) nearly Spring in the Northern Hemisphere, so an apposite time for new beginnings.

Which brings me to the situations vacant part – as you’ll see from the contacts page we have been looking after the members’ directory, sending out emails, writing this blog as well as the Academia and Facebook pages and tweeting, as well as helping to organise workshops and conferences and editing the publications arising out of these meetings (see BHA and the forthcoming MUP volume). If all of these are to continue new administrators have to take our places. HARN won’t carry on without your involvement. We’re happy to advise, prepare and assist in the transition – which is why I’m announcing it so far in advance – and I promise we won’t interfere with how you want to run the network, so get in touch and we can all start planning for the future of HARN.
All the best
*That would be anyone who has ever met me no matter how fleetingly!


January 14, 2019


Anne Duray, Stanford University

I am currently working on my dissertation, entitled “The Idea of Greek (Pre)history: Archaeological Knowledge Production and the Making of ‘Early Greece,’ c. 1950-1980,” which is concerned with the intellectual history of Late Bronze Age – Early Iron Age transition (c. 1200-950 BCE) in Greece. I am broadly interested in the ways in which archaeological practices and intellectual agendas have intersected to inform the framing and interpretation of this period during the 20th century. My dissertation draws from both final publications and archival materials in order to trace communities of scholars, the formulation of research agendas, and the execution of said agendas through archaeological investigation in several case studies. I use these specific case studies to also highlight both the legacies of late 19th and early 20th century intellectual frameworks and practices, as well as to contextualize some of the ways so-called “transitional” periods are approached by archaeologists in the present.

As I wrap up my dissertation, I am also exploring possibilities for future projects. These may include history of archaeology in Cyprus, and women and archaeological knowledge production in early-mid 20th century Greek archaeology.


Paul Jobin, University of Neuchâtel

Initially trained as land surveyor (Federal Diploma), Paul Jobin is currently PhD student at the University of Neuchâtel in Switzerland. Specialist of the history of archaeology, he has firstly worked in Ivory Coast on an analysis of the archaeological practices during colonial and post-colonial Western Africa. His current researches focus on the role of archaeological remains in the social, economic, administrative and political processes related to land management and landscape representation.
For his PhD thesis, Paul Jobin is studying the history of motorway archaeology in Switzerland (1958-2012). His aim is to analyse the progressive integration of archaeology within civil engineering sector and land management procedures, its impact on the discipline and the role of the research in these two sectors. This research should clarify the transformations of archaeological thoughts and practices related to the development of “contract” or “preventive” archaeology.
In parallel of his researches, Paul Jobin has worked on several archaeological excavations in Switzerland, France, Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso.

Welcome, Anne and Paul, and many thanks for joining our community!

CfP: Jerusalem’s Archaeological Archives at a Glance

January 4, 2019

HARN member, Chloé Rosner, has been in touch to inform us of the following workshop being held at the Centre de Recherche Français à Jérusalem on May 30th 2019:

Various projects and studies across the world have drawn attention to the rich nature and multiplicity of archaeological archives and their importance for the writing of the history of archaeology. The Archives of European Archaeology (AERA) project launched in 1998 represented a major advance because it offered, over a large geographical scale, a first methodological and theoretical understanding of the diversity of the records produced while archaeology is in the making. Finally, given that archaeological archives are always the product of men and women who played roles in the discipline in specific and concrete contexts, these archives are clearly relevant and valuable to a wide range of historical inquiries beyond the study of archaeology itself.

Jerusalem has long attracted institutions and archaeologists from around the world, who
were motivated primarily by a desire to explore the Holy Land. This led to the establishment of several schools, institutes, archaeological collections and museums in the city. Furthermore, archaeology operated within administrations, which were established by successive authorities governing Palestine, Israel and Jordan since the late XIXth century. Therefore, the documents produced by these administrations, institutions and archaeologists over time are international in scope and are written in various languages. They are equally diverse in nature, including of course scientific documents but also personal correspondence, diaries, administrative and government records. However, the heterogeneity of these institutions and their actors has consequently led to
the fragmentation of archaeological records across the city. Therefore, it is necessary to include various archival centers which are not directly related to the discipline. Again, these records not only have the potential to teach us about the developments of the discipline but also about the role of external figures and institutions in the shaping and preservation of archaeological heritage, the establishment of museums in Jerusalem, and the planning of tourism. Altogether, these archives shed a light on how archaeology interacts with society and politics.
While some work has been done on the history of archaeology in Jerusalem, including some archival research, the valuable resources located in Jerusalem remain underexploited. In order to improve our knowledge of archaeological archives located in the city, this workshop seeks to bring together students and researchers from various fields, who have worked with these documents for different purposes. This workshop intends to explore and define what are the archaeological records located in Jerusalem through a description of archival holdings. While addressing the specificity and
logic of every archival collection, the workshop aims to answer questions regarding the nature of these documents and how they can be understood and used. These observations will allow us to determine how archives can participate in a renewed history of archaeology in Jerusalem.

The workshop is organized by the French Research Center in Jerusalem. It will take place on the 30th of May 2019 at the French Research Center, Shimshon St. 3, Baka, Jerusalem.

To submit an abstract: Please send a 300 word proposal with a short biography (45 words maximum) (in PDF format) to this email before the 1st of March 2019. Accepted presentations will be notified on April 1st, 2019.
Length of presentations: 15 minutes
Languages: English / French

CfP, EAA Session: From Local to Global Current Perspectives on Education and Cultural Heritage

December 20, 2018

HARN member, A. Jose Farrujia de la Rosa, has sent us notification of a session he is co-organising for the 2019 EAA meeting:

From local to global Current perspectives on Education and Cultural Heritage 
*María Hernández-Ojeda
Cultural heritage can only function as a conduit of sustainable development through proper education, in order to raise awareness of its importance. But cultural heritage also has a dual character whereby it can, at the same time, be celebrated for its outstanding universal value while having a special meaning and value for local and, in particular, bearer communities. 
This session aims to explore how to effectively teach local cultural heritage, mainly archaeological, to grade school, high school, and university students, within the existing framework of the respective Curriculums and degrees. Also, it aims to analyze the general structural inadequacies of the Education system that exist not only in Europe, but in other continents too, in order to consider how these greatly affect the teaching of the local cultural heritage.
Basing protection on the former notion of heritage as a universal, global value has been the dominant approach in international law-making since the second half of the twentieth century. More recently, the significance of heritage to local actors has become much better understood and recognized. This session would also examine the aforementioned shift from an emphasis on local to global heritage and the role education can play in this with regard to Curriculum and Pedagogy, lifelong learning, training programs, teaching and learning relationship, extra-curricular activities, pedagogic innovations, and inclusive and special education.
Contributions are welcome and more information about deadlines etc can be found here.