|EAA Annual Report
of the Annual Business Meeting in The Hague, 3rd September 2010
Opening and welcome by the President of the EAA
EAA President, Prof. Friedrich Lüth, inaugurated the EAA Annual Business
Meeting by welcoming its (approx. 118) attendees from among the members
of the Association.
continuing the agenda of the ABM, Prof. Lüth asked the audience to stand
up for a minute of silence in memory of the distinguished former EAA member
Prof. Barry Raftery who passed away on 22nd August 2010. Gabriel Cooney
addressed a few words in memory of Barry.
the agenda, Prof. Friedrich Lüth expressed gratitude to the local organizers
and Congrex, the organizing company, for a very efficient running of the
conference, and thanked sponsors and volunteers for their contribution.
The credit for a successful meeting goes not least to the delegates - with
1026 registered participants from more than 50 countries the 2010 conference
and membership year will belong among the most successful ones. Altogether
536 papers (as compared to 474 in Riva last year) were collected and presented
in 70 sessions (51 in Riva), along with 64 posters. However, there were
30 cancellation of papers during the last two weeks prior to the conference
and one whole session cancellation. All submissions are evaluated by the
Scientific Committee, which must reject some due to limited space; last
minute cancellations or no-shows are unfair with respect to the rejected
proposals. Means to avoid this are the earlier submission and registration
dates introduced this year that provide the Scientific committee with more
time to prepare a quality scientific program. This year, a sudden illness
of a key person from the organizational structure delayed the approval
schedule and we apologize for the inconvenience, having learned a lesson
for the future.
Lüth briefly mentioned the meetings of EAA boards throughout the year and
the main topics discussed: work and composition of the Nomination committee,
the Journal, future of the conference, composition of membership and desirable
increase of its numbers. Participation in EAA election is very low - less
than 10% actually vote, and higher participation in the democratic processes
must be encouraged. The Journal does not in any way mirror what the EAA
stands for and what the EAA deals with at its Annual Meetings. Planned
negotiations of the Incoming Editor Robin Skeates, representing the newly
re-structured Editorial board, with the Publisher - SAGE - will hopefully
translate into a more satisfactory Journal.
Lüth encouraged members to raise relevant matters either during the ABM
or by e-mail to the EAA Secretariat or Executive board.
President Friedrich Lüth, in the absence of former EAA President Anthony
Harding, presented the diploma corresponding to Honorary Membership of
the EAA, awarded to him already in 2004, to Oeivind Lunde. By offering
an EAA secretariat from 1993 to 1996 he made it possible to lay the foundations
of the Association, to establish the organization, and develop the procedures
necessary for running it - in other words, to take the EAA from idea to
Lunde thanked for the diploma and stated that the EAA has gone a long way
since those beginnings and has thus fulfilled his dream of a flourishing
Minutes of the previous ABM (circulated in TEA)
minutes of the ABM in Riva del Garda 2009 were circulated by e-mail (and
are published in the 34th issue of the TEA). The ABM approved them as a
correct record of the previous meeting. The Minutes of the ABM in The Hague
are circulated in the 35th TEA issue 2011 after the Executive Board has
confirmed that they are accurate.
Matters arising from the Minutes
ABM in Riva del Garda agreed upon regulation of Statutes' Article VII:
Rules of Election: 1 A Nomination Committee of three members
shall be elected through a ballot in the
normal election process.
Committee Members shall serve for periods of three years, one retiring
in rotation each year. No serving member of the Executive Board
may be appointed to membership of the Nomination Committee. The
change will now be taken forward and Statutes amended.
addition will be introduced in Article X: Publications: 4. The Editor
be appointed by the Executive Board after advertisement of the position
and prior evaluation of the candidates by the Nomination Committee.
Editorial Board Members shall be appointed by the Executive Board
in agreement with the Editor.
The Editor shall be appointed for a term of three years, renewable
without limit. The Ordinary Editorial Board Members shall rotate
on a regular basis, according to a schedule to be determined by the Executive
ABM in Riva del Garda suggested considering presence of a student representative
on the Executive board, or creation of a whole Student committee. The EAA
Executive board discussed the proposal at its meeting and decided to attribute
responsibility for student affairs to a Board member post to be filled
in 2011 and advertized as such in the election; for the time being and
until this Board member is elected, current Board member Monique van den
Dries will assume this responsibility.
Marshall pointed out that EAA Statutes are too rigid not allowing students
to participate in the official EAA bodies. However, since student status
normally applies to an individual for a limited number of years only, their
participation would require substantial changes in election norms as to
rules for re-election, term of office etc. Mark Pearce proposed that there
should be a Student Working party, connected to a Board member. Four different
solutions resulted from an extended discussion:
Change of Statutes to enable students become EAA Executive board member
Create Student committee
Co-opt students to the Executive board
Ordinary Board member with responsibility for student affairs (temporarily
Monique van den Dries)
group composed of Monique van den Dries, Mark Pearce, Timm Weski and Sylvia
Marshall was established to formulate a proposal for Statutes amendment
at the next ABM.
Annual Report by the Secretary and the Administrator
of the 24th of August 2010 the EAA had 807 paid-up members (compared to
871 prior to last year’s conference), but since many members renew their
membership together with conference registration and with view to the number
of delegates, the total expected membership for 2010 may be much higher.
More than half of EAA membership are full members from Western Europe;
together with Western student, retired and family members, the ratio of
Westerners reaches almost 3/4 of the whole EAA membership. The most represented
country is naturally Netherlands, followed by UK, Germany, USA, Poland
and Hungary. The trend to "Westernization" is an on-going tendency and
seems even strengthened this year perhaps due to costs involved in conference
participation. The EAA efforts to provide colleagues from Central and Eastern
Europe with grants (practically all applicants got support this year from
Wenner-Gren funds), cheap student accommodation (the Students4Students
initiative) and lower membership and registration fees do not seem to bear
significant results, and the EAA Executive board will address this problem
at its next meeting.
is an increase in corporate members this year:
- Rijksinspectie voor de Archeologie
- Norsk Institut for Kulturminnefors
- Field Service for Cultural Heritage
of Archaeology, Prague
Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
of the Lithuanian Archaeology
of Archaeology, Jagiellonian University
Naukowe Archeologów Polskich
by credit card on-line are by far the most popular payment method. Most
membership applications are received already the previous year or early
in the current year, with a secondary peak in early summer. Since 2011,
10% surcharge for late payment (after 31 March) will be introduced to compensate
for the additional costs involved e.g. in re-sending the EJA spring copy.
Financial Report by the Treasurer and the Administrator
EAA has continuously created surplus over the recent years. However, as
an NGO it is not meant to accumulate the surplus, but invest it in the
future of EAA. In order to avoid paying tax in 2010, major investment should
occur so that EAA has a balanced or slightly negative budget this year.
Negotiations of financial and formal matters with SAGE may require this
kind of investment, or else the money will be put for other EAA relevant
purpose. No significant changes in expenses are envisaged for 2011, and
the budget was approved.
Membership fee level for the next year
membership fees in 2011 will remain the same as this year.
Announcement of the 2010 Elections
posts of Treasurer and two regular Executive board members have been available
for election in 2010; the elected candidates will serve from 2010 to 2013.
Following a Statutes change approved at the ABM in Riva del Garda, Editorial
board members are no longer elected, but appointed. Call for nominations
by members was sent out on 14 March; deadline for nominations was 10 May.
One self-nomination, supported by ten full members, was received for the
Ordinary Executive board member post. Board members whose position was
available for election had all served two terms and could not be re-elected.
The NC members approached proposed candidates in May and June; candidate's
statements should have been received at the Secretariat before 1 July.
Election materials were circulated via e-mail on 2 August. 120 received
votes (3 received by regular mail, 29 received by e-mail and 88 at the
conference ballot box) were counted by the Secretary (Eszter Bánffy), members
of the Nomination Committee (Elin Dalen, Predrag Novaković), and the Assistant
Administrator (Magda Turková). The EAA President announced the results
to the ABM.
Welcome to the new Board Members
Lüth welcomed all elected Board members and thanked the unsuccessful candidates
for their engagement. He announced appointed new members of the Executive
and Editorial board: Robin Skeates as the new EJA Editor, Alexander Gramsch
as the new TEA Editor, Lidka Zuk as the new Assistant TEA Editor, Leonardo
García Sanjuan as the new Reviews Editor, Estella Weiss-Krejci as the new
Assistant Reviews Editor, and Arek Marciniak and Elisabeth Jerem as new
Editorial board members.
President also thanked the outgoing members of the different EAA boards:
Margaret Gowen (Executive board), Carsten Paludan-Müller (Executive board),
Graham Fairclough (Executive board), Alan Saville (EJA Editor), Christina
Marangou (Editorial board), Cornelius Holtorf (Reviews Editor), Troels
Myrup Kristensen (Assistant Reviews Editor), Elin Dalen (Nomination committee),
Willem Willems (Heritage Prize committee) and Paula Purhonen (Heritage
Election of new Nomination Committee member
year is the last one that sees election of new Nomination Committee member
by show of hands at the ABM - next year, the procedure will be the same
as for all other elected posts. Elin Dalen has completed 3 years on the
Nomination Committee; the Executive Board proposed Adrian Olivier to serve
on the Committee and he was elected member of the Nomination Committee
for the period 2010 - 2013.
Announcement of the EAA Student Award 2010
Student Award Selection Committee composed of the EJA Incoming Editor and
two members of the Executive Board received seven papers for consideration
to the Student Award. It decided to award the 2010 Student Award to Camilla
Norman for her paper "The Tribal Tattooing of Daunian Women". Camilla
Norman's paper is interesting and very well-constructed. It convincingly
rejects the long-established interpretation of the decoration on the forearms
of the Iron Age statue-stele of Daunia as representations of gloves. Instead,
it reinterprets this marking as tattoos, with reference to appropriate
ethnographic evidence of the tattooing of women in a range of traditional
societies. In the process, Norman succeeds in extending previous gendered
interpretations of Daunian stelae and bodies whilst demonstrating an excellent
knowledge of the relevant archaeological data. The winner received book
gifts from Archaeolingua and a 100.- Euro voucher for purchase of books
from Cambridge University Press.
are welcome to submit their papers for the Student Award in the upcoming
years, and professors are asked to encourage their students to do so.
Progress Report of the EJA by the Editor
Skeates introduced himself as the new EJA Editor, to fully take over with
volume 14. Thanks belong to Alan Saville, the outgoing EJA Editor, who
- with the support of the Editorial board - succeeded to bring the Journal
back on track. Issue 13/1 was published in April 2010, issue 13/2 in August
2010 and issue 13/3 is due for publication in December 2010. Robin Skeates
also appreciated the work of Cornelius Holtorf and Troels Myrup Kristensen
as outgoing Review Editors, and expressed his expectations for a fruitful
work with the restructured Editorial team and new Review Editors. EAA members
were addressed a question, to be answered to Robin Skeates, whether they
would publish their best paper in the EJA, and if not, why. Opinions are
welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Report by the Editor of TEA
Gramsch briefly summarized the content of his first issue, TEA 33, sent
to members in June 2010 and comprising 28 pages. ABM minutes from Riva
del Garda were missing from the last TEA issue and will appear in the autumn
one. The deadline for submissions for the TEA 34 autumn issue is 16 October
and especially session organizers are welcome to submit their reports.
Alexander Gramsch together with his Assistant TEA Editor, Lidka Żuk, are
intending to introduce a number of new features to make TEA more lively
Reports from the Working Parties, Committees and Round Tables
EAA Vice-President, Margaret Gowen, acquainted the audience with the work
of the different EAA Committees and Working Parties which are designed
to extend the work of EAA into particular fields. An EAA Working Party
is created for a limited period in order to achieve a particular result
(formulate policy, develop a standard, create an inventory etc.) while
a Committee is established only if the issue is considered to be of permanent
concern to the EAA. The usual terms of Committee members are three years,
starting and ending at annual meetings. The Board has responsibility to
follow up the work of the Committees and Working Parties and to take the
initiative in setting up new ones. The membership of each Committee and
Working Party shall include a Board member to act as a link between the
Committee and the Board. This Board member reports to the Board about
the progress of the Committee or Working Party. Each Committee and Working
Party is asked to prepare and submit a short report for presentation, by
the Vice President, to the Executive Board. This (short) report should
summary statement of terms of reference of the work of the Committee or
The status and progression of the work or the Committee or Working Party
with particular reference to work undertaken during the year
A list of members and their status/duration of term
Proposed sessions envisaged for the Annual Meeting
on the Teaching and Training of Archaeologists
Arek Marciniak, Secretary Mark Pearce
Pearce's research on the implementation of the Bologna process is now concluded
and will be reported on in TEA. Copies of the full report will be
made available in PDF from Mark Pearce.
Committee has not met in The Hague but its discussions are ongoing in relation
to a new focus of work. This is likely to be on the question of "what
is a PhD". The Committee plans to convene a session in Oslo to identify
definitions, and the degree of variation in definition, supervision and
assessment across Europe.
Kenneth Aitchison; Secretary: Vesna Tintaric
Committee currently has representatives from the UK, Netherlands, Belgium,
Hungary, Ireland and Greece. Colleagues in Spain, Italy, Romania, Slovenia
and Portugal (most of whom attended the Riva round table) have indicated
that they wish to join and are now copied into the Committee's correspondence.
current focus is: 1) the current state of the archaeological profession
across Europe and in different particular states; 2) a potential repetition
and expansion of the Discovering the Archaeologists of Europe project in
extensive project first collected and analyzed information about archaeologists'
professional work in twelve states between 2006 and 2008, with national
and transnational reports at www.discovering-archaeologists.eu.
on the Trade in Cultural Material
Table - Organizers: Amanda Chadburn and Leena Soytinki-Harmo
Committee met in The Hague and presented to its participants a full review
of its activities to-date, together with defining a clear programme of
action for the coming year.
addition, and following the paper by the keynote speaker Prof. Colin Renfrew
at the Opening Ceremony, the Committee would like to bring a motion to
the ABM in relation to a change in the wording of the text in its terms
of reference; these are presented on the EAA website as follows:
EAA is opposed to the illicit trade in archaeological and cultural material
and urges governments to become parties to all relevant international conventions,
including the 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing
the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property,
the 1995 UNIDROIT Convention on Stolen and Illegally Exported Cultural
Objects, the 1954 Hague Convention on the Protection of Cultural Property
in the event of Armed Conflict and its 1999 second protocol, and to adopt
effective implementing legislation.
the EAA calls upon all national museums and local museums in Europe to
formulate acquisition policies in relation to antiquities which are in
conformity with the 1970 Rule and to publish these policies.
on Archaeological Legislation and Organization in Europe
is the intention of Jean-Paul Demoule to revive this committee. A short
report on the proposed focus of the Committee's work will be prepared the
Group on the creation of research strategies for the European frontiers
of the Roman Empire, Chair: David Breeze.
Breeze, the EAA Heritage Prize winner for 2010 has successfully concluded
the work of this committee as originally set out.
Group on Sustaining the Historical Environment within Farmed Landscapes
Steve Trow and Jon Humble
Working Group publishes its detailed annual reports in TEA and now functions
as a Working Group, jointly, for both EAA and EAC. It will present a report
to TEA again this year.
Working Party has identified rural land uses (most notably agriculture
and forestry) as amongst the most destructive of processes acting on the
archaeological historical landscape in Europe. It is a particular concern
that these processes, in contrast to construction and development, have
few or no established mechanisms for impact assessment, avoidance or mitigation.
of this working group has now reached nearly 30 participants or correspondents,
representing 13 countries. Importantly, in 2009, colleagues from the Czech
Republic and Hungary joined the group giving it a perspective of the situation
in central/eastern Europe for the first time. The Working Group continues
to seek additional members, particularly from Southern and Eastern Europe.
Working Group seeks to find ways of lobbying for the better recognition
of cultural heritage in the future direction of the CAP, while noting the
serious challenges this poses. It will also pursue the publication of papers
arising from conference sessions it organized in 2004 and 2009 and at the
2008 World Archaeological Congress in Dublin.
group is delighted that EAC has agreed to jointly fund the publication
of these papers, as volume 4 in its Occasional Papers Series, together
with English Heritage, and the Forest Service, Department of Agriculture,
Fisheries and Food and National Monuments Service of Ireland. Progress
with the volume to date has been good and the Working Group is on course
to publish it before the end of 2010.
Group on Archaeology and gender in Europe
has been established for two years and two of its members organized sessions
at The Hague conference. They also published a short report on their Round
Table in the TEA Winter 2009/10 issue.
EAA working group eRC has stopped its existence. Its purpose was to search
EU funding for a project with many partners. Several attempts have been
made but were not successful. It was decided to try and develop the still
valid ideas in separate ways. The group thanks EAA for the trust and support
throughout the years.
Location of future Annual Meetings
2012 conference will be organized in Helsinki, Finland. Letters of interest
have been received from Plzeň, Czech Republic, and Istanbul, Turkey, for
locations in 2013 onwards.
Invitation for the 17th Annual Meeting in Oslo, Norway
17th EAA conference will be held on 14-18 September in Oslo, Norway, and
will be co-organized by several academic and heritage bodies, one of them
the Oslo university which celebrates its 200th anniversary next year. The
venue will be the Radisson Blu Scandinavia hotel. The opening ceremony
will be held at the Assembly hall of the Oslo University, followed by a
reception at Fanehallen, Akershus fortress. Registration will take place
in the Historical Museum. The annual dinner will be given at the Ekeberg
restaurant. Pre-conference excursions are planned to the World Heritage
Site Alta, from west to east: Bergen - Oslo and to inspect high altitude
archaeology in Lom. Post-conference excursions will include city tour through
Oslo, Bronze Age rock carvings in OEstfold and the Viking county Vestfold.
The registration fees will rise a little in comparison with this year.
It will be important to have a student session; the Students4students offer
should be also continued and advertised more massively. Good flight connections
to most cities in Europe exist from Oslo Gardermoen OSL Airport, Moss Airport
Rygge or Sandefjord Airport Torp. Hotels of varying price levels will be
pre-booked, including cheap hostel accommodation. The whole organization
and registration is run by the Gyro Conference AS. The web site has been
launched already at www.eaa2011.no.
Any Other Business
Collis asked that the notes for speakers at EAA conference, currently at
EAA web page, have a direct link from conference web page so that all speakers
read them. The question whether all presentations must be pronounced in
English was raised and will be discussed at the next Executive board meeting.
EAA table at the exhibition area should be offered for display of books
written by EAA members; the Board will discuss feasibility of this proposal
at its next meeting.
no other matters arose, Friedrich Lüth declared the Annual Business Meeting
as closed, and thanked everyone for their participation.