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Our publishing colleagues at Maney, publisher of the European Journal of Archaeology, came up with such a nice slogan for the EAA Pilsen meeting, I simply had to replicate it: "Czech yourself before you wreck yourself: 19th EAA Annual Meeting in Pilsen. Looking at the programme, I feel a bit like a kid in a sweet shop." The sweet shop is beautiful metaphor for a number of overwhelming figures: A total of 1397 participants registered for the Pilsen meeting, coming from 48 countries. From 4 to 8 September, 977 papers and 196 posters were presented within 91 sessions and 26 exhibitions. For the local conference organizers, it was a big challenge to deal with the huge number of proposals for sessions and papers and to create the academic programme, and at the end, they received many positive comments via Facebook or email.

From this "sweet shop-like" academic programme, I want to pick two particular “candies”: The EAA Executive Board sponsored a session on Isotopes and aDNA - Windows on the Past, organized by T. Douglas Price, University of Aarhus, Denmark, and Corina Knipper, University of Mainz, Germany, mainly discussing prehistoric mobility and haplogroups. John Bintliff, Leiden University, The Netherlands, and Kristian Kristiansen, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, chaired the session An Archaeologist at the Centre of Europe: A Symposium in Honour of Evžen Neustupný, celebrating one of the most prolific and influential Central European archaeologists. Evžen contributed to the discussion of archaeological methods and theories in Czech, German and English publications (cf. Neustupný 2009) and founded the Department of Archaeology at the University of West Bohemia in 1998, host of the Pilsen meeting (see also the interview with Evžen: Kuna 2012). He celebrates his 80th birthday this year - so congratulations again!

Of course, to frame all the hard academic work, there was also a nice social programme, with the EAA Annual Party in the Pilsner Urquell brewery, a special student party in the tavern Stará Sladovna (Old Malt House), and a number of pre- and post-conference excursions. Thankfully, Mark A. Hall, in his excursion report in this issue of The European Archaeologist, lets us take part in the "Glory of West Bohemia" excursion.

The EAA is happy to welcome two new Working Groups, which presented themselves during the meeting: the Working Group on Public Archaeology (WPAG), and the EU-funded project ArchaeoLandscapes; both groups introduce themselves in this TEA issue.

Another important part of the EAA, besides parties, Working Groups, excursions, and sessions, is the Annual Business Meeting, which takes place each year on the Friday during the conference. This yearly assembly is an important event, as it is here where members can vote on suggestions by the Executive Board, decide on EAA's future development, raise their voice or make suggestions. (...)


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EAA Matters

The 20th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists
20th Anniversary EAA Annual Meeting
The EAA Executive Board elected John Collis Honorary Member of the EAA
The European Archaeological Heritage Prize 2013
The 2013 Student Award of the EAA
European Journal of Archaeology: Call for papers and new books for review
Discovering the Archaeologists of Europe
Committee on Professional Associations in Archaeology (CPAA)
ArchaeoLandscape Europe. An EU funded project and a new EAA Working Group
"Public archaeology from the ground up" and the first meeting of the new EAA Working Group on Public Archaeology
The European Commission supports the "NEARCH" project
EAA Annual Report
Committee on the Teaching and Training of Archaeologists. The 2013 report
For the future of the EAA - The Oscar Montelius Foundation
Calendar for EAA members


Museums Sheffield: better news (by John Collis)
Excursion Report: The Glory of West Bohemia (by Mark A. Hall)
Conference reports
Reports on Pilsen Meeting Sessions