Workshop: Isotope analysis as a proxy to investigate animal mobility in the past

During this half-day event we bring prominent researchers together to discuss the application of stable isotopes in the study of animal mobility in the past. We aim to showcase the potential of stable isotopes in the field of archaeology and the importance of interdisciplinarity, balanced with critical notes regarding cons of this field. More information >>

How to get a Postdoc

ARCHON is organizing a workshop for PhD students: How to get a postdoc. This workshop will be organized with the aim to offer PhD students information about what they can expect from a postdoc position and how to (successfully) apply for one. More information >>

ARCHON Summer School: Experimental Archaeology

This fieldschool aims to introduce students to experimental archaeology. Students will be introduced both to the methodological and scientific aspects as well as the practical aspects in the field. The summer school will consist of two parts, a one day symposium followed by two days of practical experimental archaeology workshops in Masamuda (Vlaardingen). More information >>

Continuous online courses

ARCHON has selected some skills courses that can be followed online at your own pace:

ARCHON members can obtain credits by submitting a report afterwards.


Obituary of prof. David Fontijn

It is with sadness that Archon learned this week of the passing away of our former board member David Fontijn on May 1. David Fontijn was Professor of Archaeology of Early Europe at the Faculty of Archaeology in Leiden. Since his studies and PhD in Leiden, he had studied the early agricultural societies of Europe, with a special focus on the Bronze Age. He won several prizes such as a VICI grant in 2015 for the project ‘Economies of destruction’, which resulted in his book of the same name (2019).

David made a big impression with his enthusiasm and passion for archaeology and enjoyed great national and international appreciation for his research. With David, we not only lose a scientist of exceptional stature, but above all a fantastic human being.


We would like to inform you that our conference- and event subsidies are both raised.  Read more >>


Do you want to stay up to date on ARCHON supported events, funding opportunities and calls for poster/papers/abstracts? Both ARCHON members and non-members can subscribe to out mailinglist. Her you can find the sign up form to the ARCHON mailing list. 


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 >>


ARCHON encourages PhD and RMA students to attend and speak at conferences abroad. Therefore we annually award a limited number of conference subsidies to RMA and PhD students for presenting a paper or poster at an international conference. Read more >>


In order to facilitate student mobility, ARCHON reimburses up to 40 euros per year (per student) for traveling to and from Groningen for attending educational activities. Travel is only reimbursed for students who send in an evaluation report in order to claim ECTs. Contact our secretary for more information.


ARCHON wants to motivate PhD and RMA students to publish their research! To help you get started, we organize a workshop Publishing for Early Career Researchers, and we have listed a number of online journals that are are open to, or especially meant for, publishing research from Graduate and PhD students. Read more>>



The Early Career Archaeologist community created an extensive recourse including vacancies, upcoming conferences, data archives and more! More information >>


Are you interested in governance and science? Check out Platform JOng, a new online platform for young researchers. You can contact them if you want to write a contribution for their platform and share your knowledge!


This index offers an extensive list of upcoming conferences about archaeology. More information >>

More PhD & Postdoc positions:

Check out Erik Rossenberg’s blog postgraduate opportunities in Archaeology for an up-to-date list of PhD and postdoc positions in archaeology.

John’s Hopkins University has set up a continuously updated repository of federal and private funding opportunities that are intended for postdoctoral investigators. The opportunities are pre-sorted chronologically and alphabetically, and can be searched by funding amount and subject matter.

Arches project (open source software platform) job opportunities.

Fund┋it collects and presents on a single website all research grants and fellowships (post-PhD) available for scholars in the social sciences and humanities in France.


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 University of Utrecht (UU)
  • Radboud University Nijmegen (RU)
  • 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. Contact can be made through email (Yannic Rabou).

If you want to stay updated on upcoming ARCHON events, calls for proposals and academic job opportunities, you can sign up to our mailinglist.