New online course: Rchon statistics course

We are now offering a new continuous online course on statistical analysis for archaeologists using R. Get yourself immersed in the wonderful world of statistics and scripting! More information >>

Skills course: Academic Poster Presentation

During this workshop, attendees will learn what the do’s and don’ts are of making an academic poster, and how to present it. More information >>

Skills course: Structure from Motion

Photo-based 3D modelling of archaeological artifacts. Learn how to make 3D models of archaeological artifacts, using digital photographs. The workshop teaches techniques and best practices regarding 3D modeling archaeological artefacts. More information >>


Dit jaar vindt de Metaaltijdendag plaats op 9 oktober, en is deze gewijd aan de maatschappelijke significantie van metaaltijden-onderzoek. Wat is het belang van de ontwikkelingen in de metaaltijden binnen onze diepe geschiedenis? Maar ook: wat is de betekenis van relicten en -verhalen uit de metaaltijden in het heden? Kort gezegd: waar doen we het voor? Meer informatie >>

Sensing the Past

A workshop in applied sensory archaeology and heritage assessment that will take place from 7-9 October 2021. More information >>

Skills course: 3D landscape visualisation in Blender

In this workshop you will learn how to work with GIS data formats in open source 3D modelling software Blender and take advantage of the possibilities this program has to offer. The workshop takes place on 14 October. More information >>

ARCHON Day 2021

This year the ARCHON Day will take place on Friday 29 October! Save the date, further information will be available here soon.

Subsistence Course

Food procurement, preparation and consumption form one of the major themes in archaeological research. Nowadays, a range of new techniques and approaches are used to study (aspects of) subsistence and diet, from isotopes and chemical fingerprints to micromorphology and landscape-scale modelling. The present course will give an introduction to the application of a range of different approaches. With a strong emphasis on discussion, we will combine presentations of specialists with oral- and poster presentations. More information >>

LiDAR workshop

In this workshop students will learn about the state of the art in archaeological remote sensing, and get hands-on experience in working with the essential techniques needed for effective application. This includes machine learning approaches, data fusion techniques and 3D modelling. The approaches will be demonstrated by case studies from the Netherlands, Germany, and Cambodia. 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.



We are looking for 2 RMA students to represent their university in our Steering committee!  We are searching for one student from Groningen University and one student from University of Amsterdam. More information>>

Open Archaeology special issue
In February 2020, the Archon Winter School “Sharing Practices: Archaeological 3D Visualisation in the Netherlands” (20-22 February, 2020) took place, organised together with Loes Opgenhaffen, Martina Revello Lami and Hayley Mickleburgh. The Archon Winter School led to a Special Issue of the open access journal Open Archaeology on Art, Creativity and Automation. Sharing 3D Visualization Practices in Archaeology. Check out the special issue here >>
New issue of KLEOS

The Amsterdam Bulletin of Ancient Studies and Archaeology (KLEOS) published a new issue! In the open-source peer reviewed journal the work of starting scholars of (R)MA, PhD and BA level is presented. Interested? You can read the publication online >>

Huibregtsenprijs 2021

The six nominees for the annual Huibregtsenprijs have been announced! ARCHON nominated PAN (Portable Antiquities in the Netherlands) of dr. Stijn Heeren, but unfortunately the project was not selected among the six to win the prize. Nevertheless the jury was very enthusiastic and expressed their appreciation for the project. Curious which projects were selected? Have a look here >>


Welcome to Joris Aarts as a new member of the ARCHON steering committee! Joris is Assistant Professor at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He will replace Jan Paul Crielaard who is now a member of the ARCHON Board. Welcome Joris!


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>>


2021 EAA Student Award

MA and PhD students and archaeologists working on a dissertation, who present a paper at the 27th EAA Annual Meeting in Kiel (virtual), are welcome to apply. Please submit your paper before 20 August 2021, email a brief covering letter, CV and the full text of the conference paper (2000-8000 words) to for consideration by the selection committee. More information >>

W.A. van Es-Prijs

Prize for excellent master-thesis about archaeology in The Netherlands and/or The Netherlands in its Northwestern-European context. Students who completed their thesis between 1 September 2019 and 31 August 2021 can participate. More information >>

Deadline: 17 September 2021

Utrecht University

PhD position (4 years) ‘Finding Suitable Grounds: Neolithic use of alluvial surfaces in the Dutch delta’. More information >>

Deadline: 19 September 2021

NWO Mosaic PhD Scholarship

Mosaic 2.0 is a PhD scholarship program aimed at the under-represented group of graduates with a migration background from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central and South America and Turkey in the Netherlands. More information >>

Deadline: 28 September 2021 (pre-proposals)

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.


CAA Netherlands/Flanders are organizing the 2021 chapter meeting at the Faculty of Archaeology at Leiden University, on December 9-10 2021. They welcome proposals for 20-minute papers on the following topics (see website) in both English and Dutch. 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!


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.