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EDITORIAL

This will be the last issue of The European Archaeologist as you know it. Don’t worry, for the time being we are not planning a major reshuffle - but we will duplicate the number of issues per year: Since the number of pages we have published has increased considerably in recent years, and since a number of EAA deadlines, e.g. for submitting session proposals for our annual meetings, have moved to earlier dates, TEA from now on will be published four times per year. More information is provided in the EAA Matters.

Part of that move is that we are going to reanimate the tradition of having TEA correspondents from various regions. TEA already has a number of regular contact persons; we now have approached colleagues from different regions, and currently the following agreed to serve as official correspondents for TEA:
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Riika Alvik National Board of Antiquities, Helsinki, Finland
Karl Cordemans Vlaamse Landmaatschappij, Brussels, Belgium
Marcel Cornelius Institute for Pre- and Protohistory, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Ericka Engelstad Department of Archaeology & Social Anthropology, University of Tromsø, Norway
Rocío Varela Pousa CISC (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas), Institute of Heritage Sciences (Incipit), Spain
Yuri Rassamakin Institute of Archaeology, Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences (NAS), Kiev, Ukraine
Kai Salas Rossenbach INRAP, France
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Thanks to all of you, and welcome on board of TEA!

As usual the EAA Matters section also contains the EAA calendar, and I would like to draw your attention to two deadlines: 2 June is the deadline for proposals of candidates for the European Archaeological Heritage Prize; and 15 August is the deadline for submission of papers for the Student Award.

TEA repeatedly reported on the ancient mining site at Roşia Montană, last in the Winter Issue, TEA No. 40. Our former president Willem Willems has drawn my attention to similarly threatened mining sites such as Sakdrissi in Georgia and to the US based GAPP Initiative. GAPP is the "Gas and Preservation Partnership", a "not-forprofit organization whose mission is to work collaboratively and pragmatically with both the energy industry and the preservation community to identify and properly manage historic and cultural resources while encouraging efficient exploration and development of energy reserves". Similar partnerships between (mining) industry and heritage management are crucial, and I sincerely hope that the aim not only is “to manage historic and cultural resources” but also to preserve them, despite the "efficient exploitation"! More on Sakdrissi can be found here.

The destruction of sites by illegal excavation again is a major topic of this Summer Issue. The Reports section contains two reports on the Roman town Ratiaria in Bulgaria, heavily devastated by looting. And the EAA Matters contain a joint letter by SAA, EAA, AIA, AAA and others as well as a position paper by EAA, CAA, ICAHM and others expressing their concern with certain media - National Geographic TV in particular - who are broadcasting programmes that present in a favourable manner non-professional excavations of archaeological materials and encourage illegal activity.
 

Alexander Gramsch (Museum Herxheim, Germany)

TEA Editor (tea@e-a-a.org)

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