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The European Association of Archaeologists.
Some thoughts for the future of our Association

In 2014 we celebrated the 20th anniversary of the EAA. It was also the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, 70th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy, 100th anniversary of the break out of the First World War, the 150th year anniversary of the battle of Dybbĝl heralding the unification of Germany in the Kaiserreich, the 200th anniversary of the opening of the Vienna Conference and the 300th anniversary of the Bourbon conquest of Catalonia, during the Spanish War of Succession. Objectively the anniversary of our Association does not in importance match those other anniversaries that all mark major geopolitical shifts in Europe. However the EAA does somehow deserve to be understood - subjectively by us as members in that context, if we want to understand the wider perspective in which our organization is or should be operating. These "major" anniversaries remind us of how the
geopolitical order of Europe has been remodelled time and again through history. They remind us of the dynamics of European history, which has formed the political, social and cultural framework within which archaeology and heritage management has developed. And they remind us of the need to understand our own undertakings as both impacted by, and impacting history and society around us. They remind us of the short time span during which a major part of the Europeans have enjoyed the benefits of civil rights and democracy, still a precarious good that remains challenged in Europe and beyond. Democracy is a culture that grows from deep but vulnerable roots; it needs cultivation at all levels.

When the EAA was founded more than two decades ago, it happened in the immediate
aftermath of one of those major reshuffles of the European geopolitical order, this time the
collapse of the Soviet Empire and the end of the bipolar world order. The founding of the EAA was inspired by the euphorising prospect of a united and democratic Europe (Kristiansen 1993). The ambition was to create a pan-European arena for Archaeology and Heritage Management to rise to the historic occasion and add its deep time perspective to the short-termism dominating our contemporary European societies.

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Carsten Paludan-Müller

General Director, NIKU - Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (

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Dedicated to Willem J. H. Willems
(19 July 1950 - 13 December 2014)

 In this issue

 EAA Matters
Letter to our members
Willem in memoriam (by Kristian Kristiansen)
In memoriam Willem J. H. Willems (1950-2014) (by Monique van den Dries)
Remembering Willem Willems (by Arkadiusz Marciniak)
The 21st Annual Meeting in Glasgow 2015 - an update
ArchaeoLandscapes Europe. Four years after its start - A preliminary report (by Axel
EAA Monograph Series "Themes in Contemporary Archaeology"
EAA Corporate Members
EAA election 2015 - Nomination by members
EAA membership report 2014
Calendar for EAA members January - June 2015

Session Reports 
Bringing down the Iron Curtain. Paradigmatic changes in research on the Bronze Age in
Central and Eastern Europe
by Laura Dietrich, Oliver Dietrich, Anthony Harding, Viktória Kiss and Klára Šabatová)
Who lived in longhouses? New directions for Neolithic household studies (by Penny Bickle
and Lech Czerniak)
Textiles in a social context. Textile production in Europe and the Mediterranean in the 4th
and 3rd millennia BCE
(by Małgorzata Siennicka, Agata Ulanowska and Lorenz Rahmstorf)
"A crystal formed of necessity" - Gifts, goods and money: The role of exchange in processes of social transformation (by Daniela Hofmann and Nick Wells)
Interpreting the change - Adoption of stone and brick in urban settings (by Andrea Arrighetti, Paulo Charruadas and Liisa Seppänen)
Who is on board? Maritime perspectives on the prehistoric Aegean (by Çiler Çilingiroğlu,
Marina Milić and Barry Molloy)
Spread of ideas, things and people. Cross-cultural contacts in the Baltic Sea area (by Marta Chmiel and Michał Adamczyk)
Archaeologists in dire straits. Stories from the front lines (by Stelios Lekakis and Nota
Archaeology across past and present borders: Fragmentation, transformation and connectivity in the North Aegean and the Balkans during the Late Bronze and Early Iron Age (by Stefanos Gimatzidis, Magda Pieniążek and Sıla Votruba)
Chasing Death Ways. New methods,  techniques and practices in documenting and
interpreting the funerary record
(by Rita Peyroteo-Stjerna and Mari Tġrv)
Neolithic collective burials in Europe in the later 4th millennium BC (by Eleonore Pape,
Arnaud Blin and Ann-Sophie Marçais)
On the future reality of the past. Material, immaterial and virtual heritage in the 21st century (by Dragos Gheorghiou, Styliani Kaltsogianni, Suzie Thomas and Luiz Oosterbeeck)
Round Table: Along the northern Mesopotamian frontier. The upper Tigris region and its surrounding regions during the Early Bronze Age (3100–2000 BCE) (by A. Tuba Ökse and Nicola Laneri)
German-Israeli research on the Crusader town of Arsuf and its former lordship (by Hauke
Kenzler and Annette Zeischka-Kenzler)
A report on the status of the funding cuts for archaeology, the preservation of historic
buildings and monuments, and on the new Heritage Protection Act in North-Rhine Westphalia,Germany
(by Frank Siegmund and Diane Scherzler)