The Spring issue of The European
Archaeologist continues the discussion of the role of archaeology,
heritage and the public, with a Debate essay by Cheryl Benard concerning
the recent public activism undertaken to preserve the underwater city of
Pavlopetri, and the contributions of ARCH (Alliance for the Restoration
of Cultural Heritage) in this effort.
This debate, which is of importance to
archaeologists, heritage managers, and museums, and most likely critical
to the continued public support for both archaeological research and the
presentation and preservation of archaeological heritage, will continue
at the upcoming DGUF conference Archaeology and Power.
Positionings for the future of researching the past, which will be held from 5-8
May 2016 in Berlin and will be attended by EAA President Felipe
Criado-Boada and others. In our opinion, archaeologists must not wait
for an invitation to participate in discussions about at-risk heritage.
We must act, either individually, or by pushing our national level
organizations and, at the EU level, pushing the EAA, to take action. As
Cheryl Benard clearly articulates, action by the public usually carries
more political influence than do words by academics.
María de los Ángeles Utrero Agudo gives
an update on the progress of the research project Archaeology of the Hispanic churches of the 10th
multi-year project, involving many
researchers and institutions, seeks to combine the analysis of knowledge
transmission with analysis of the media of transmission.
This issue of the newsletter includes a
calendar of EAA events and dates for the next few months, and several
conference announcements. Finally, a reminder that the upcoming EAA
conference in Vilnius is from 30 August - 4 September 2012. The call for
papers is now closed - we had an excellent
response, with 1498 abstracts submitted! Registration is open until 15
April 2016, and please
remember to book your flights and hotel.
The deadline for the Summer Issue of TEA
is the 15 May 2016. As always, please e-mail us at
firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to
get in touch.
Katharina Rebay-Salisbury and Roderick B.
Salisbury, TEA Editors