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October 2, 2015


 A. José Farrujia de la Rosa ( University of La Laguna, Tenerife, Canary Islands

José Farrujia de la Rosa holds a PhD in Prehistory and a PhD Premio Extraordinario (Extraordinary award) in Humanities (2003), both awarded by the University of La Laguna. He was the winner of the Antonio Rumeu de Armas Historical Research Prize (2009) and is a Member of the Spanish Society for the History of Archaeology. He received a research grant from the Ministry of Education and Culture University Teacher program (2000-2003) and taught in the Department of Prehistory, Anthropology and Ancient History at the same university, as well working as a Senior Archaeological Conservation Technician at the Archaeological Museum of Tenerife and Historical Heritage Officer at the La Laguna City Council. He currently works in the field of heritage management. He has been involved in numerous archaeological surveys and excavations in the Canarian Archipelago and elsewhere in Europe. His research focuses on the archaeology of the Canary Islands, including studies on heritage management, the history of the archaeology of the islands, the early colonization of the islands, archaeological theory and methodology, rock art and identity issues. He is the author of many articles published both in Spanish journals (including Trabajos de Prehistoria, Complutum, Tabona, and Revista Atlántica y Mediterránea de Prehistoria y Arqueología Social) and foreign journals (including the Oxford Journal of Archaeology, African Archaeological Review, Sahara, and Nouvelles de l’Archeologie, amongst others). He is also the author of the following books: El poblamiento humano de Canarias en la obra de Manuel de Ossuna y Van den Heede (2002); Ab initio (1342-1969) (2004); Imperialist Archaeology in the Canary Islands. French and German studies on Prehistoric colonization (2005), which is the first academic book written in English on Canarian archaeology; Arqueología y franquismo en Canarias: política, poblamiento e identidad (2007); En busca del pasado guanche. Historia de la Arqueología en Canarias (1868-1968), with a prologue by Alain Schnapp. This last book was presented at Sorbonne University (Paris) on 1 December 2011; An archaeology of the margins. Colonialism, Amazighity and heritage management in the Canary Islands (Springer, New York, 2013); Ab initio. Análisis historiográfico y arqueológico sobre el primitivo poblamiento de Canarias (1342-1969). (2014); Escrito en piedra. Las manifestaciones rupestres de las Islas Canarias (2014), together with Tarek Ode. This is the catalogue of the homonymous exhibition.

Jost Mergen ( Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg

I am a PhD-student at the University of Freiburg, department of archaeological studies. My thesis is about early research on the Roman Limes in western Germany, especially the Rhine-area around 1800. The roman fort of Niederbieber (Distr. Neuwied, Rhineland-Palatinate) is one of the most important dated sites in roman archaeology of Germany. The first excavations were carried out in 1791 by Christian Friedrich Hoffmann, who was the private-teacher of the three Wiedian princes in the castle of Neuwied. The Princely-Wiedian Archive includes more than 1000 handwritten sources, which haven’t been analysed so far. Regarding to the excavations in Niederbieber and the early research of the Roman frontier, the archive is a source of enormous value for the history and the development of systematic (roman) archaeology, archaeological museums and heritage management in Germany. The study is financed by the PhD-scholarship of the German Limes-Commission (

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