KLEOS call for papers and call for editors!

KLEOS is a peer-reviewed, open access academic journal, launched in 2014, which publishes current research and review articles by graduate and PhD students as well as starting independent researchers from the fields of Archaeology and Ancient Studies (i.e. Classics and Ancient History). The journal is published once a year and its main goal is to provide a possibility to graduate and PhD students to publish their research. The journal thus aims to serve as a platform for starting academic careers.

Are you interested in gaining academic publishing experience? Do you want to boost your academic CV and further develop your academic network? Would you like to publish your BA/MA thesis or a great paper from one of your courses?
KLEOS cordially invites enthusiastic starting researchers – including BA/MA and PhD students – from the fields of Ancient Studies and Archaeology to submit a paper to KLEOS – the Amsterdam Bulletin of Ancient Studies and Archaeology!

See the call for papers and the call for editors.


ARCHON has moved to the VU Amsterdam

As of the 1st of January 2018 Archon, the national research school of Archaeology has moved from the Faculty of Archaeology in Leiden to the VU University Amsterdam.
Thus, we have to say goodbye to our scientific director Alexander Geurds. I would like to personally thank him for a very fruitful collaboration these past years.

But this also means we have a new scientific director by the name of Dr. Philip Verhagen. Philip is currently assistant professor at the Faculty of Humanities, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, specialized in computer applications and quantitative methods in archaeology, with an emphasis on GIS, spatial analysis and modelling. He has been Publication Officer of Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods from 2011-2016, and is currently Managing Editor of the newly started Journal of Computer Applications in Archaeology.

We look forward to seeing you at one of our events in the future.

The secretary@archonline.nl address will be in service and will be forwarded to my new e-mail address b.oosterwijk@vu.nl which I will be using from now on.


ARCHON Call for event proposals 2017-2018

Are you a staff-member, PhD researcher or RMA student and are you considering organizing an event on your research interest? Did you know that ARCHON offers the possibility to organize and host such events?

These 1 or 2 day events can be organized year-round and can take the form of workshops, conferences or master classes within the ARCHON sphere of general interest. Subjects may include explorations into certain archaeological research themes, for example matters of methodological interest, or conceptual discussions. ARCHON also encourages events that debate the societal impact of archaeological work in all parts of the world. One requirement that we ask is that proposals for events ensure the active involvement of at least two of the participating ARCHON institutes and that the proposal is likely to attract an audience broader than your own research group.

We can help you with booking a venue at any of the participating institutes, and provide support with all other logistical matters concerning the event. As said, what we find most important is that you work actively together with someone from another institute (The University of Groningen, The State Service for Cultural Heritage, VU University Amsterdam, University of Amsterdam or Leiden University) in organizing the event. If this is challenging to you, we can help you with this through our ARCHON Education Board representatives.

The available budget is max. €1000,00 per event. ARCHON will support, for instance, the accommodation and travel costs of international speakers, and may also fund general costs based on the discretion of the ARCHON Education Board.

So if you have any ideas for a workshop for the academic year 2017-2018, do not hesitate to contact us!

ARCHON’s main goal is to bring archaeologists together in inspiring conferences and workshops, whether they are students or staff members.

You can send the proposals to either Barbara or ARCHON’s scientific director, Dr. Alexander Geurds.


Subsidy for ARCHON members
Netherlands Institute at Athens Conference 'Fields, Sherds and Scholars

The Netherlands Institute at Athens and the University of Amsterdam are organizing the early career scholarconference 'Fields, Sherds and Scholars , recording and interpreting survey ceramics' on the 24-25 February 2017 at the premises of the NIA.For ARCHON members willing to join this conference ARCHON has made available a compensation for their travel costs. Please note that RMA students are also welcome to join, they can earn up to 2 EC after submitting a written report and have the opportunity to do a poster presentation at the event, for example about their thesis topic or present a research idea for a PhD. See below for more information about the conference theme and details for applying for the compensation. 

Survey ceramics have always been convenient chronological markers of archaeological surveys, enabling us to recognize and date survey sites. Although landscape archaeology has now been going on for more than half a century and the amount of sherds collected in these projects is overwhelming, the interpretative value of the ceramic material is rarely exploited. What do the dots on the map actually represent and how did people use and shape the landscape?

This conference will also address sampling, recording and publication strategies that would best serve the interpretation of survey ceramics. Of course these depend on the research questions we have in mind, but to some extent the material itself dictates opportunities and limitations. The dataset is shaped by the choices what field data to record, which material to collect and how to record and publish. These strategic choices determine our research possibilities and the comparative value of project results.

The following topics and themes will be dealt with:

• Sampling, recording and publication strategies
• Interpretative potential for survey ceramics

Possible themes include:
• Intensive/Extensive survey methods and interpreting pottery distribution
• Fabrics and the organization of production and exchange
• Functional analysis of survey sites
• Sampling and recording methods – comparisons of database examples and software

ARCHON offers a limited number of student and PhD members of the school compensation for their travel costs up to €250. If you are a member and want to apply, please send a motivational letter to the ARCHON office (secretary@archonline.nl) before the 19th of January 2017, stating why you think you should receive the subsidy and why it is of importance you present at this international conference. Also, provide them with this invitation and an overview of the total travel costs. Student members may also apply for this compensation and are invited to do a poster presentation. Submitting a written report can earn you up to 2 EC for this conference.

Please see attached the preliminary programme.


31 March/1 April 2016
Diet in the past - Food for Discussion

The Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University and the Research school of Archaeology (ARCHON) organise a symposium entitled “Diet in the Past – Food for Discussion”.

Venue and Date
Venue: Academy Building (Klein Auditorium), Rapenburg 67-73, Leiden.

Topics to be discussed are:
Methodology – How to reconstruct past diet
Food and Adaptation/the Evolution of diet
Cultural and Anthropological aspects
Palaeodiet /Palaeolithic Nutrition

Invited keynote speakers
Prof. dr. John D. Speth, Michigan (USA)
Prof. dr. Hanno Pijl, LUMC Leiden
Prof. dr. Wil Roebroeks, Fac. Archaeology Leiden
Prof. dr. Wim van Neer, KU Leuven
Dr. Remko Kuipers, UMC Groningen
Dr. Amanda Henry, MPI Leipzig


11-12 February 2016
CRASIS Annual Meeting

CRASIS, the interdisciplinary research institute for the study of the ancient world at the University of Groningen, is organizing its fifth Annual Meeting and Master Class. CRASIS brings together researchers from Classics, Religious Studies, Ancient History, Late Antiquity Studies, Archaeology, Ancient Philosophy, and Legal History, focusing on Greek and Roman societies as well as on Jewish and Near Eastern civilizations and their mutual interaction. The CRASIS Annual Meeting and Master Class is a two-day event, set up as a meeting place for students at PhD or Research Master level, Post-Docs, and senior staff to promote discussion and exchange of ideas beyond disciplinary boundaries.

The theme of this year’s Annual Meeting and Master Class will be, Hellenism: Interaction, Translation and Culture Transfer. We in the modern world are used to thinking of the globe as a fairly small place, one that is getting smaller all the time with instant access to information and almost unlimited possibilities for continuous contact with other people. Increased exposure to other people and places also brings with it exposure to different cultures. Although in some regions of the world, imperial domination may have ceased, the cultures of those former imperial nations continue to serve colonialist and imperialist agendas. Whether we see t-shirts for sale with the Coca-Cola logo and slogan in Thai or we watch wars waged to establish “democratic” political institutions (and all their attendant institutions) in places where they have never flourished, most people in the world have interacted in a variety of ways with what is often dubbed “Western” culture, often articulated through English, the language of the dominant culture. Yet cultures are not monoliths, nor are they stable entities unaffected by the people who practice and enact them. Not only does the receiving culture undergo change: the dominant culture is also affected. Indeed all culture is dynamic and local.

More information is available here.


February & March 2016
ARCHON courses Geoarchaeology
VU University Amsterdam (2-4 EC)

In February and March several intensive courses Geoarchaeology specially developed for ARCHON are offered at the VU University of Amsterdam. You can register by sending an email to ARCHON's coordinator:b.oosterwijk@arch.leidenuniv.nl.

22-23 February 2016, location Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Reading Soils and Sediments: Geoarchaeologies of the Mediterranean and Middle East regions (2 days), 2 ects.
Day 1: introduction (0, 5 hours); session 1: seminars, reading soils and sediments; session 2 Mediterranean geoarchaeology; session 3 Middle Eastern geoarchaeology.
Day 2: morning session: student presentations on Mediterranean geoarchaeology.
Afternoon session: Teachers and student presentations on Middle Eastern geoarchaeology.
Assignment: To build a presentation of 3 references on a landscape framework.
Testing:  50% presentation, 50% final exam

24-26 February 2016, location Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and field locations.
Geoarchaeology: theories and practices (3 days), 3 ects.
Developing a toolbox for geoarchaeology in archaeological field projects.
Day 1: Maps and stratigraphy (lacquer peels) natural soils of NW Europe and the North Atlantic (1 day).
Day 2: Field program: Pleistocene, Holocene and ‘Anthropocene’ soils and sediments. Coring excursion and fieldwork, preparing for group presentation.
Day 3: Morning: Lab exercises: thin sections micromorphology NW European and North Atlantic anthropogenic soils and sediments.
Day 3: Afternoon: Group presentations of sections, maps and micromorphology: synthesis in time and space in section.
Testing: Presentation 25%) Research report (3000 words, excl. figures, images, photos and references) (75%).

22-23 March 2016, location Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Reading Soils and Sediments: Geoarchaeologies of the Americas (2 days), 2 ects.
Day 1: introduction (0, 5 hours); session 1: seminars, reading soils and sediments; session 2 North and Central American geoarchaeology; session 3 South American geoarchaeology.
Day 2: morning session: Teachers and student presentations on North -Central, and South American geoarchaeology.
Day 2: Afternoon session: student presentations on South American geoarchaeology.
Assignment: To build a presentation of 3 references on a landscape framework.
Testing: 50% presentation, 50% final exam


4th of January 2016
How to become a PhD (RMA only) (1 EC)

In November ARCHON will organize the annual workshop ‘How to become a PhD student’. This wokshop is meant especially for RMA students. This day will be organized with the aim to offer information about different PhD-trajectories to RMA-students. Questions such as what kind of PhD-positions there are, how to apply for these and how to write an application will be discussed.


28-29 January 2016
Interconnectivity: Migration of People or Ideas?
University of Groningen (1 EC)

On the 28th and 29th of January the Dutch academic journal Tijdschrift voor Mediterrane Archeologie (Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology, abbreviated TMA) is organizing an 2 day conference. To set up a program that appeals to many archaeologists, we intend to invite speakers who will approach this topic from different angles, ranging from network analyses to papers on the exchange of technological skill (or traveling craftsmen) or the colonization of new territories, with case studies in the Mediterranean and beyond. 

More details about the programme will follow soon.


18 December 2015
Beyond urbanization: the organization of early complex societies
Leiden (1 EC)

A workshop organized by the NWO Vrije Competitie project Landscapes of Early Roman Colonization (LERC), in collaboration with ARCHON, research school of Archaeology.The development of complex society and state formation are fundamental research themes in archaeological and historical research, closely related to ways in which we understand the modern world. Urbanization and centralization have traditionally been seen as integral parts of these developments, both in theoretical research and in different historical case studies. Recently, however, other theoretical models have been explored: recent research on archaeology and early state formation, for example, stresses the problems associated with the so-called neo-evolutionist paradigm (e.g. Routledge 2013), and has pointed out the possibly heterarchical nature of early complex society.

Our research project LERC (Landscapes of Early Roman Colonization) investigates the relationship between societal structure and performance specifically for the historical context of the Samnite world, i.e. the mountainous area in Central Italy where in the first millennium BC a famously - or notoriously - “non-urban” society flourished. We explore other trajectories towards complex society, in which cities do not necessarily play a central role, or at least are not the only central places. Sanctuaries, for example, may perform functions of production and craft specialization, hubs of trade, and centres of gravity for identity formation of larger groups.

On 18 December 2015, we organize a workshop that confronts the relation between complex society and urbanization from a comparative perspective. By bringing together case studies from various historical contexts, ranging from Late Chalcolithic Mesopotamia and Bronze Age Crete to Iron Age Spain and Italy, the role and necessity of urbanization in the development of complex society will be further explored.


18 December 2015
21th Romeinensymposium
VU University Amsterdam (1 EC)

Op vrijdag 18 december 2015 organiseert de opleiding Archeologie van de Vrije Universiteit voor de 21e keer het jaarlijkse Romeinensymposium over actuele thema’s uit het onderzoek van Romeins Nederland en omstreken. Bijzondere aandacht wordt dit jaar geschonken aan het onderzoek van rurale nederzettingen in Zuid-Nederland, Vlaanderen en het Duitse Rijnland en aan nieuwe inzichten in de ontwikkeling van de Romeinse steden Nijmegen en Tongeren. Download het volledige programma van het Romeinensymposium.

Deelname aan het symposium is gratis. Inschrijving is mogelijk tot maandagochtend 14 december aanstaande via: romeinensymposium.let@vu.nl


9 October 2015
The Annual ARCHON Day
 (1 EC) in Amersfoort.

You can now register for the Annual ARCHON day on the 9th of October taking place at the Rijksdienst voor Cultureel Erfgoed in Amersfoort. This year the ARCHON day has a new set-up. In the morning session ARCHON (staff)members with new research projects will present their research. Among others, the newly granted Graduate Programme PhD candidates Karen de Vries (Groningen) and Paul Kozowyk (Leiden) will briefly present their proposals as well as staff members from the UvA, VU, RUG and Leiden.

At lunch we will have the annual ARCHON poster competition, where RMA and PhD students compete for the best posters.
We invite all RMA and PhD members to create a poster and as an extra stimulant people presenting posters will receive an additional EC (writing a report also earns you 1 EC). The best posters will be rewarded with a cash prize of 150 euros by the ARCHON jury. 
If you are interested in presenting a poster, please reply to this email so we can get an idea of how many posters we can expect.
Posters have to be submitted to Barbara in PowerPoint/Indesign or Illustrator  a week before the ARCHON day, Monday the 5th of October at 13.00.

The afternoon sessions will introduce a new component of the ARCHON day, namely the ARCHON debate sessions.
Here different topics will be discussed that allow people to be 'pro' or 'con'. The subjects of the statements range from ‘ Archaeology 3.0’ (Prof. Daan Raemaekers versus Yannick Henk) to 'computational appraoches in Archaeology (Hans Kamersmans versus Willem Vletter to ‘the destruction of cultural heritage’. Speakers will defend the pro and con arguments and during the session a statement is presented to the audience who can then vote, eventually the results of these votes are presented before and after the debate.

The day is concluded with drinks and an award ceremony for the best posters!


New ARCHON website

After being offline for a few weeks ARCHON has a brand new website! We are still working hard on adding information and new events. 
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the secretariate


24 April 2015 - The Materiality of Conflict

Aims, methods and theory of conflict archaeology from prehistory to modern times. 

In the past two decades we have witnessed the rapid development of a new field of archaeological research, commonly labelled as conflict archaeology. It has its origins in the study of battlefields and other conflict-related phenomena in the modern and pre-modern periods, but numerous studies have already made clear that this theme, its methods, techniques and theories are also relevant for older historical and even prehistoric periods. However, the material dimension of mass violence and conflict is still an underexplored field of study, certainly in Dutch archaeology. This symposium aims to give an up-to-date overview of the potentials, the scope and the limitations of conflict archaeology. The program offers a broad range of papers from the prehistoric period up to the Second World War, and has a focus on methodological and theoretical issues. Questions that will be addressed are: how can we identify battlefields?, how essential is the availability of documentary evidence? What is the potential of a landscape-archaeological approach in this field of research? Has archaeology something to offer to the study of genocide in the past? How important are ritual depositions related to conflict? 

Each paper will have 30 minutes, including at least 5 minutes for questions. We will finish the program with a general debate.

Speakers include: Nico Roymans (VU), James Symonds (UvA), Jan Kolen (Leiden), Rob van der Laarse (UvA), Gabriel Moshenska (UCL), Augusta McMahon (Cambridge), Michael Meyer (Freie Universität Berlin), Tim Sutherland (York), Max van der Schriek (VU) and David Fontijn (Leiden)

See here for the flyer and the programme.


Dr. Alex Geurds New Scientific Director of ARCHON

After more than 15 years as the scientific director of national research School ARCHON, prof. Harry Fokkens has decided to pass his function on to someone else. Harry played a crucial role in rebuilding ARCHON to the organization it is today. I would like to personally thank him for a very fruitful collaboration these past years. 

It is with great pleasure that we introduce to you our new scientific director, Dr. Alex Geurds. 

Alexander Geurds (PhD 2007, Leiden University) is currently Associate Professor at Leiden University and Assistant Professor Adjunct at the University of Colorado – Boulder. He is an anthropological archaeologist specialized in the prehispanic past of Central America and Mexico. He is also a National Geographic Society Explorer.