Human-animal entanglements
21 – 22 March 2019

A two-day workshop, consisting of both theoretical lectures and a hands-on laboratory component, advocates a practice-oriented approach to zooarchaeology, drawing on the social zooarchaeology of Nerissa Russell (2012). 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 >>

DAWN – Digital Archaeology workshops
5 April 2019

A day of workshops on Digital Archaeology at the University of Amsterdam organized by the Digital Archaeology Group and CAA Netherlands/Flanders Chapter.  Read more >>

CIAW: treading the Middle Ground.

The first meeting of the new research group Cultural Interactions in the Ancient World (CIAW). The meeting is devoted to the concept of ‘Middle Ground’. Read more >>

SAD: Reconstructions of the past. How do we make them and do they matter?
17 April 2019

Archaeology is the study of the past through material remains of this same past, but these remains only go so far. A leap of imagination is required to bridge the gap between the soil marks interpreted as post-holes….  Read more >>

24 April 2019

At DUSANE, the Dutch Symposium of the Ancient Near East, people from Archaeology, Egyptology, Assyriology, Islamic Studies and other relevant disciplines can share their research and exchange perspectives and experiences. Read more >>

Mortuary Archaeology workshop: Challenging the Dead
2 – 3 May 2019

Mortuary archaeology poses a lot of challenges to archaeologists. These problems are shared between archaeologists regardless of periods and regions of interest. This workshop focuses on bringing those problems forward… Read more>>

ArcGIS skill course
21 – 22 May 2019

Students looking for insight into the application of Geographical Information Systems with archaeological fieldwork and analysis as well as students and archaeologist who wish to broaden their knowledge of ArcGIS are encouraged to register. 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 left 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 is 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 >>


University of Oslo

Three-year Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in Digital Heritage and Cultural History
Closing date: not stated

University of Georgia (Athens, GA)

Three-year Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Geographic Information Systems and Computer Modeling in Archaeology
Closing date: not stated

University of Sewanee (Tennessee)

Two-year Residential Postdoctoral Fellowship in Historical Archaeology with a focus on the U.S. South.
Starting date: August 2019

Leiden University

Faculty of Humanities and the Netherlands Institute for the Near East are searching for a fixed-term Postdoctoral Researcher in Ancient Near Eastern Studies.
Closing date: 07 April 2019

The Max Planck Society

The Max Planck Society offers a PhD in Hominin Behaviour and Environments of Pleistocene West Africa!

Closing date: 31 March 2019

HeriLand Project

15 fully funded PhD studentships in heritage studies starting Autumn 2019.
Closing date: 1 April 2019

Linnaeus University (Växjö / Kalmar, Sweden)

2 year postdoctoral fellowship in Heritage Futures.
Closing date: 5 April 2019

University of Boston

University lecturer with methodological specialty in archaeological sciences, max. 2 years
Closing date: Open until 29 May 2019


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.