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Editorial

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.

Viktória Kiss announces the launch of From bones, bronzes and sites to society, a new multi-year research project in the Institute for Archaeology of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

María de los Ángeles Utrero Agudo gives an update on the progress of the research project
Archaeology of the Hispanic churches of the 10th century. This multi-year project, involving many
researchers and institutions, seeks to combine the analysis of knowledge transmission with analysis of the media of transmission.

Tanja Romankiewicz reports on several workshops and conference sessions associated with the
Leverhulme-funded project “Building (Ancient) Lives”: new perspectives on the past for a
sustainable future
, including the session “Moving the house posts” from the 2015 EAA conference in
Glasgow. This essay also reports on the future prospects of this relatively young project.

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 tea@e-a-a.org if you would like to get in touch.

Katharina Rebay-Salisbury and Roderick B. Salisbury, TEA Editors

 
 
 

 

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