Seminar Biomolecular Archaeology

Archaeological science in general, and biomolecular archaeology, in particular, have become increasingly essential foundations of archaeological practice and theory. This seminar provides an overview of various analytical methods, including isotopic, proteomic, parasitic, and hormonal approaches to better understanding the past. Special emphasis will be placed on the principles, potentials, and limitations of these approaches. Read more >>

How to get a Postdoc?

This workshop will be organized with the aim to offer PhD students information about what you can expect from a postdoc position and how to (successfully) apply for one. Participants will receive individual feedback on their scientific proposals for a fictive individual research project. 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.

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>>



We have two new RMA members in the ARCHON Steering committee: Sven Ransijn (Leiden University) and Sandra de Regt (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen). They will represent the students from their universities at ARCHON. Please find their introductions 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!


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 >>>


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 >>>


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>>


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


Leiden University

Two PhD positions in the NWO funded project: The Talking Dead. Reconstructing the transmission of information in Corded Ware and Bell Beaker Societies during the 3rd Millennium BC. More information >>

Deadline: 10 May 2021

RMO – NIT Fellowship

Fellowship offered jointly by the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden and The Netherlands Institute in Turkey. (R)MA, PhD and recent graduates of Dutch universities can apply. More information >>

Deadline: 15 June 2021

KNIR Scholarships

The Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut in Rome has several scholarships for students, (prospective) PhDs and Postdocs that want to execute research in Rome. More information >>
Deadline: 15 May 2021

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.


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!


Are you interested in publishing a paper and boosting your academic CV? Would you like to publish your BA/MA thesis or the first results of your PhD-research? KLEOS invites starting researchers to submit a contribution! Contributions on any subject related to the academic fields of ancient history, classics and archaeology will be received with interest! More information >>

Deadline: 30 April 2021

Roma Aeterna – 9.2

Rome en Florence staan in het themanummer 9.2 naast en tegenover elkaar. Welke minder bekende verbanden tussen beide steden verdienen ook onze aandacht? Kunnen we vanuit Florence nieuw licht laten schijnen op bekende plekken in Rome, of andersom? In het bijzonder worden bijdragen verwelkomd over archeologie van Florence; de wedijver met de Romeinse oudheid. Meer informatie >>

Deadline: 25 April 2021


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.