Workshop: How to Become a PhD
30 January 2019

January 30th we’re organising a new How to Become a PhD workshop at the VU in Amsterdam. There are only a few spots left. Read more >>

The annual Steentijddag (in Dutch)
2 February 2019

The Steentijddag is an initiative of the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden and the Faculty of Archeology at Leiden University. The organization is in the hands of the Steentijddag working group.  Read more >>

Archaeology & theory symposium: Beyond Malinowski
 February 21st, 2019

How can archaeology and anthropology benefit from one another? SAD would like to invite both archaeologists and anthropologists to join the discussion in order to reconnect both disciplines. Read More >>

CRASIS annual meeting & masterclass
7-8 March 2019

The 8th Annual Meeting and Master Class will take place on 7-8 March 2019 in Groningen. The Master and Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Louise Revell, Associate Professor in Roman Studies at the University of Southampton. Read More >>

The History of Mediterranean Archaeology in the Low Countries – TMA & Argos
8 March 2019

This English-language symposium intends to bring together research on the history of archaeology as practiced in the Low Countries in the 19th and 20th centuries. Early career researchers are encouraged to send in an abstract for a paper or bring a poster! Read more >>

Reading soils and sediments: Global Geoarchaeology course
25-26 March 2019

This 2-day course gives theoretical frameworks for interpreting soils, sediments, and landscapes as records of the past and provides theoretical training in field and laboratory methods that identify, quantify and evaluate early human activities and environmental imprints. Read more >>

Geoarchaeology: theories and practices
27-29 March 2019

Developing a toolbox for geoarchaeology in archaeological field projects. The 3-day course is entirely research led and focused on two live, current, research projects. Files with seminar materials as well as the reading will be available beforehand. Read more >>



This year’s ARCHON Day took place on Friday 26 October. Students and professional researchers from different institutions got together at the RCE in Amersfoort, to talk about archaeological practice and academic education. Read more >>


Prof. David Fontijn of Leiden University will join the ARCHON Board in 2019. We welcome him to the board, and are looking forward to collaborating with him.


On 1 October 2018, Barbara Oosterwijk will leave ARCHON to take up a position as a PhD student in Durham (UK). The board of ARCHON wants to thank Barbara wholeheartedly for all her work and commitment to ARCHON over the past 6 years, and wishes her every success with her research project.

Barbara’s role as coordinator will be continued by IJk van Hattum. Correspondence to ARCHON can be directed as usual to


More changes for ARCHON: prof. Harry Fokkens of Leiden University will retire as ARCHON Board member after having been involved with it for more than 30 years. An interview with Harry (in Dutch) on ARCHON’s history, role and successes is published here. The ARCHON Board wishes to thank Harry for his long commitment to ARCHON and his dedication to stand for the interests of academic archaeology in the Netherlands.


In the Netherlands the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) read more >>


RMA students, PhD students and staff members of the participating institutions can all become members of ARCHON. Membership of ARCHON will give you access to its educational activities, bring you into contact with fellow students and researchers and will provide opportunities to present your work. read more >>


Are you a staff member, PhD researcher or RMA student and are you considering organizing an event on your research topic? Did you know that Archon can help you organize and host such events? read more >>


American Museum of Natural History

Curatorial Associate, responsible for coordinating and assisting in all aspects of curatorial research and documentation for the reinstallation of Northwest Coast Hall.
Closing date: Open until filled

Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies

5 positions for Postdoctoral Researchers – 3 years with the possibility of extending 3 years.

University of Aberdeen

PhD-studentship in isotope analysis and palaeodiet
Deadline: 31 January 2019

University College Dublin

PhD-studentship in medieval archaeology
Deadline: 1 March 2019

Max Planck Institute

16 PhD positions at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History
Deadline: 31 January 2019

University of Cambridge

ERC PhD-studentship in archaeobotany / computational modelling on the Jomon/Yayoi transition in Japan
Deadline: 22 Feb 2019

German Archaeological Institute

2-years postdoc position in Archaeology and Mathematics.
Deadline: 24 Dec 2018

University of Algarve
Two post-doctoral research positions:

Position in Geoarchaeology for Middle and Upper Paleolithic in Portugal.
Deadline: January 9, 2019

Position in Geoarchaeology for investigating archaeological fire residues.
Deadline: January 14, 2019

One funded PhD-studentship in geoarchaeology to investigate pyrotechnology and site formation processes.
Deadline: December 31, 2018

University of Tromsø

Fully funded PhD position in Arctic Archaeology.
Deadline: 1 February 2019

University of Innsbruck

6-year postdoc position in Digital Archaeology. N.B. This is a position advertised in German!
Deadline: starting date 1 March 2019, application deadline not given

University of Durham

2 fully funded PhD-studentships: Geoarchaeology of Lindisfarne and Fuel Use in Early Urban Societies.
Deadline: 18 January 2019; see guidelines for application


Archon is the Dutch inter-university research and graduate school for archaeology.
It unites staff members, PhD researchers and research master students of its participating institutions.

  • the University of Amsterdam (UvA),
  • VU University Amsterdam (VU),
  • the University of Groningen (RUG),
  • the University of Leiden (UL)
  • the Agency for Cultural Heritage (RCE) in Amersfoort.

Archon initiates, organizes and supports a program of educational activities including conferences, lecture series, thematic workshops, multi-and interdisciplinary courses and skill courses for RMA students, PhD researchers and staff members of the participating institutions. Our members are encouraged to come up with ideas for workshops, seminars and conferences concerning their interests or subjects they wish to further explore. It unites staff members, PhD researchers and research master students of its participating institutions.

Our main aim is to create a platform for inspiring academic debate on current archaeological research. By creating a stimulating interinstitutional and interdisciplinary environment, Archon aims to bring together its junior and senior members. Most educational activities are also open to the staff of university institutes and archaeologists working outside the academic world.

The Archon bureau is based at the Faculty of Humanities at the VU University Amsterdam (IJk van Hattum). Contact can be made through email.