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European Association of Archaeologists (EAA) is a membership-based association
open to all archaeologists and other related or interested individuals
or bodies. The EAA currently has over 1100 members on its database from
41 countries world-wide working in prehistory, classical, medieval and
later archaeology. They include academics, aerial archaeologists, environmental
archaeologists, field archaeologists, heritage managers, historians, museum
curators, researchers, scientists, teachers, conservators, underwater archaeologists
and students of archaeology.
Association is a fully democratic body, governed by an Executive Board
elected by the Full members and is representative of the different regions
of Europe. At all times the EAA adheres to its Statutes.
main forum for EAA members to interact is represented by the Annual Meetings.
These lively and well-attended conferences, held every September in a different
country of Europe, are one of the highlights of the archaeological year.
official language of the EAA is English, but if you have difficulties with
English you can communicate with us in any major European language.
Association organises conferences and seminars and acts as an advisory
body on all issues relating to the archaeology of Europe. The EAA Annual
Meetings offer a unique opportunity for archaeologists from all over Europe
and beyond to exchange ideas and opinions on archaeological practice and
theory following the aim to contribute to a continuing discussion concerning
the numerous identities and contexts of European archaeology.
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Dear EAA Members, dear European
We are not alone. At least
where this year's Annual Meeting is concerned: In Helsinki we are accompanied
by MERC, the Medieval Europe Research Congress. This adds to the many reasons
for a visit to the capital of sauna and Finnish tango! Have look at the
invitation to Helsinki in the EAA Matters.
On top of all that, the Helsinki
organizers provide us with the full range of social activities, including,
of course, an extraordinary Finnish Sauna Experience; and they offer many
special services and support for students who plan to come to Helsinki.
you are still hesitating about whether or not you should join us there:
have a look at the students' conference web-page: http://students.eaa2012.fi.
It informs you, inter alia, about ... a special sauna-evening for
students! And remember to register before 1 June to enjoy the reduced conference
Despite the fact that the
Helsinki organizers are arranging a marvelous social programme, including
the Welcome Reception, the Annual Party, etc., I am inclined to believe
that it is the scientific excellence of the Meeting that attracts so many
participants and sessions. There will be roughly 80 sessions and round
tables in three days! Most of the sessions run parallel in a single building
on the same floor. This may tempt you into session hopping - jumping from
one session to another to pick attractive presentations here and there
- which seems desirable, the more sessions and papers that are offered.
However, we all have experienced the pitfalls and disappointments of missing
parts of a paper or having to shuffle through the audience when leaving
the lecture room. In Helsinki, this may be even more annoying for both
the hoppers and the audience staying in the room due to the fact that session
organizers this year have more flexibility in assigning time slots to speakers:
speakers may have 15 or 20 minutes to present their paper. So my advice
is to relax, despite the wide-ranging offer of intangible riches - don't
stress yourself too much. Trying to get more from this huge market of knowledge
may lead to less - less insights, less enjoyment, less satisfaction.
Student issues, by the way,
are present throughout this whole TEA Summer Issue: The EAA Student Representative,
Monique van den Dries, comes with a piece that summarizes the benefits
that the EAA offers to students, and she invites you to play a part in
the EAA and to bring in your ideas, wishes and needs. The EAA
Matters also includes a questionnaire for PhD students. And there
is more about international student issues in the Announcements
and the Conference Announcements.
Moreover, we want to encourage students to submit their presentations in
Helsinki for the EAA Student Prize.
EAA and AIA, the Archaeological
Institute of America, are establishing a partnership. Therefore, in the
Ben Thomas and Meredith Anderson Langlitz provide us with accounts of the
current activities of AIA, relating to the conservation of archaeological
sites and the promotion of archaeological activities to the public - issues
that definitely need to be discussed widely! Moreover, they come with a
present: EAA members will be able to attend the AIA Annual Meeting in Seattle
from 3 - 6 January 2013 at the discounted rate.
Coming back to the Annual
Meetings: The 2013 EAA Meeting will take place from 4 - 8 September in
Pilsen. Proposals for sessions can be submitted immediately following the
Helsinki meeting, but only until the end of November 2012!
The TEA Winter Issue, No.
38, will publish your Helsinki session reports, along with announcements,
reports, etc. Please send your submissions until 15 October 2012 to TEA.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking forward to hearing from you!