Materiality Matters conference

The one-day conference Materiality Matters 2020: (new) archaeological approaches to human-thing relations is taking place online on 10 December 2020. Read more >>

Romeinensymposium 2020

The Annual Conference on the Roman archaeology of the Netherlands and adjacent areas will take place on 18 December 2020. The program includes reports of recent fieldwork as well as analyses of find categories and more synthesizing studies. The event will be held almost entirely in Dutch. Read more >>

CAA 2020

This year the Computer Applications & Quantitative Methods in Archaeology Conference will take place online on 3 & 4 December! Read more >>

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.

22 Sept. 2020, 29 Sept. 2020 and 6 Oct. 2020

SCAPECON 2020: Breaking boundaries: negotiating change in the Aegean Bronze Age. This third installment of the no(e)scape-conference series returns to discuss relational archaeology in the Aegean Bronze Age. Read More >>

Online QGIS Course

Good news! You can now take the ARCHON QGIS course online. You get 1 EC for taking the course and making a report as the assignment. Read more>>

Online ArcGIS Course

You can now take the ARCHON ArcGIS course online. You get 1 EC for taking the course and handing in a report. Read more>>



On 30 October 2020 the online ARCHON Day took place! This year’s central topic was ‘Advancing access to Research’. It was a successful day with an interesting poster session, workshop session and keynote lecture by Ben Marwick. ARCHON Steering Committee member Ela Altay wrote a recap blog about the day, including links to the posters and powerpoint presentations. You can find the recap blog of the ARCHON Day here >>>


Welcome to Karsten Lambers, who will join ARCHON as a steering committee member from October onwards. Karsten is Associate Professor and head of the Digital Archaeology research group and in charge of the MSc programme Digital Archaeology at Leiden University. We’re happy to have him on board!


Walter Laan has decided to step down as a member of the Steering Committee. Besides his activities for the Steering Committee he also taught many GIS-courses at ARCHON. We would like to thank Walter for his long commitment to ARCHON and wish him good luck with his further activities!


The representative for Leiden University in the ARCHON Board, Prof. dr. David Fontijn, stepped down as a board member. We would like to thank him for his commitment to ARCHON. He will be succeeded by Jan Kolen, Dean of the Faculty of Archaeology and Professor of the History and Heritage of European Cultural Landscapes. Welcome!


On 20-22 February 2020, the Archon Winter School Sharing Practices: Archaeological 3D Visualisation in the Netherlands was hosted by the RCE in Amersfoort and University of Amsterdam. This three-day event consisted of workshops, lectures by national and international researchers and practitioners, showcases of projects and equipment, opportunities for socializing and networking, and a roundtable discussion on the future of 3D visualisation practices in archaeology. You can find a summary of the event here >>>


ARCHON has a new a new coordinator! Eline Verburg started 1 May 2020, replacing IJk, who started her PhD research in Ghent. Due to the measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus it might take some time before you can meet Eline in person. However, she will be available to answer your questions and to meet you online. To contact Eline you can send an email to


The RCE representative in the ARCHON Board, dr. Roel Lauwerier, is retiring and has stepped down as board member. Our special thanks go to him for his long commitment to ARCHON and for representing the RCE. He will be succeeded by dr. Hans Huisman, senior researcher at the RCE and professor by special appointment in Groningen, specialised in geoarchaeology and archaeometry. We are looking forward to having him on the board!


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, buplishing research from Graduate and PhD students. Read more>>


ARCHON is looking for new members for the steering committee. The Steering Committee supports the Archon Office in developing its educational programme. It meets three times a year to discuss event proposals and other activities. Read more >>


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


Kiel University

Doctoral position in ‘Ancient diet and mobility’. More information >>

Deadline: 30 November 2020

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

11 PhD positions in the fields of Classical and Ancient Studies. More information >>

Deadline: 1 January 2021

University of Maryland College Park

Four-year funded PhD position in the Central North Atlantic Marine Historical Ecology Project (CAMHEP). More information >>

Deadline: 5 January 2021

University of Bonn

Professorship in ArchaeoSciences/Bioarchaeology for a period of six years. More information >>

Deadline: 8 January 2021

Newcastle University and Historic Environment Scotland (HES)

PhD ‘Understanding Military Spaces: Materiality and Social Practice in the Structures of the Antonine Wall’. More information >>

Deadline: 13 January 2021

Loyola University Chicago

Assistant Professor in Archaeology. More information >>

University of Glasgow

Archaeology at Glasgow is inviting applications for a PhD Proposal Competition and Workshop. The research projects cover periods from the Mesolithic to the Modern era and extend from the North Atlantic to Iraq, with regional foci in the prehistory of Scotland and Ireland, Early and Later Medieval Scotland including the Viking world, the ancient Mediterranean and Near East. 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.

Matteriality Matters conference 2020 – 10 December 2020

Human-thing relations have become an increasingly debated topic in materiality and material culture studies. The approaches to these relations have also been extensively debated. In our conference Materiality Matters 2020, we will add our contributions to this ongoing debate.

Some approaches that will be considered are authenticity, phenomenology, gender-roles and agency. Do these concepts sound familiar to you or in any way spark your attention? Then, we very much encourage you to be a part of Materiality Matters 2020. All contributions related to materiality and material culture discussions in archaeology are welcome. Of course, there will be some interesting guest speakers and topics, which are to be announced.

If you are interested in participating as a speaker, please send us a title, brief description (ca 200 words), your name and university to (deadline Friday 13 November).

Deadline 13 November 2020

25th Limes Congress

Call for papers on dress and adornment in frontier communities. The congress will take place from 22-28 August 2021. More information >>

Deadline 1 November 2020


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. Contact can be made through email (Eline Verburg).

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