New online course: Drone Archaeology

We are now offering a new continuous online course on Drone Archaeology! This course will provide the stepping stone for those wishing to deploy drones in archaeology, for either research purposes or commercial activities. More information >>

Developments in Mortuary Archaeology

This one-day meeting aims to focus on both the innovations and the problems that researchers face within the field of mortuary archaeology. Innovative research in various aspects of mortuary archaeology will be highlighted while Archon members (ReMA, PhD, post-docs, staff) are invited to present papers that problematize their research. More information >>

Steentijddag (in Dutch)

De jaarlijkse Steentijddag is bedoeld voor iedereen die interesse heeft in de archeologie van de Steentijd. Het dagprogramma bestaat uit lezingen over allerlei aspecten van de Steentijd-archeologie, van het Midden-Paleolithicum tot en met het Laat-Neolithicum. More information >>

How to become a PhD?

This day will be organized with the aim to offer RMA students information about what you can expect from a PhD position and how to get one. Topics such as different kinds of PhD-positions, how to apply for PhD-positions and how to write an application will be discussed.  More information >>

CRASIS Annual Meeting & Masterclass

The Annual Meeting and Masterclass is an annual two-day event, designed to promote discussion and the exchange of ideas about the ancient world across traditional disciplinary boundaries among graduate students, postdocs, and established scholars. This year, the theme will be exemplarity. More information >>

The Impact of Rome in the East

Between indigenous identities, Hellenization, Romanization and the impact of colonization, how did the different regions of the Roman East experience their incorporation into the Empire? More information >>

Funnel Beaker junior conference

Students from the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen are organising a junior congress themed: the Funnel Beaker period. The number of people working within this area of study is vastly growing, therefore they would like to take the opportunity to connect one another in the same discipline. 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.


New coordinator!

From 1 February 2022, ARCHON’s coordinator Eline Verburg will step down to focus on her PhD-research. We are happy to announce that Yannic Rabou will take over the role as coordinator of ARCHON! We wish her good luck!

ARCHON Day Review

Congratulations to Suzanne den Boef! KLEOS (Amsterdam Bulletin for Ancient Studies and Archaeology) selected her review of the ARCHON Day to be published in their fifth issue, which is expected late Spring 2022. Are you interested in publishing your research in KLEOS as well? Have a look at their website!

Credits 140 p. literature

From 1 January 2022 the possibility to earn an additional EC if students process at least 140 pages of literature, is no longer available. Additional EC’s can be obtained by following one of our ‘continuous courses‘ online and at your own pace, wherever you want!

Recap Sensing the Past

From October 7th-9th 2021, the international workshop ‘Sensing the Past: A workshop in applied sensory archaeology and heritage assessment’ was held in Amsterdam. Organised by PhD-students Pamela Jordan and Sara Mura, the workshop brought together established scholars and early-stage researchers across disciplines who apply sensory approaches to their heritage and archaeology research. Read a summary of the event here >>


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>>


Newcastle University

Bones of the Northumbrian landscape: a new zooarchaeology of early medieval Jarrow. More information >>

Deadline 31 January 2022

University of Oslo

Vacancy at Museum of Cultural History: Data Curator with substantial experience in GIS (1.0 fte, permanent). More information >>

Deadline: 19 January 2022


CRASIS invites applications for its eleventh Annual Meeting and Masterclass. This year’s theme will be exemplarity. More information >>

Conference ‘The impact of Rome in the Eastern Provinces’ is looking for papers and posters to be presented on 22 April 2022! More information >>

Graduate Archaeology at Oxford is looking for papers to be presented at their online conference 11-13 March 2022. 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!


24 January – 4 February 2022 – Winter School ‘R 4 Archaeologists’. More information >>

29 March – 1 April 2022 – LYNX Spring School ‘Movement in Space – Space in Movement’. Deadline 17 December. More information >>

31 January – 2 March 2022 – online classes on the ‘Conservation and Physicochemical study of Metal Artefacts from the Crusader Period’. Organised by Leiden University, the Netherlands Institute in Athens (NIA), the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities of Euboea, and the Greek Research Center/Laboratory ‘NCSR Demokritos’ at Athens. 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 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.