The 12th edition of DUSANE, the Dutch Symposium of the Ancient Near East, will take place on 22 April 2021. During this symposium, several researchers from various specializations will present their latest research related to the ancient Near East. Anyone with an interest in the several civilizations and cultures of the Near East is welcome to attend. Read more >>

NASTA 2021

The first NASTA conference will be hosted by graduate students from ACASA at the University of Amsterdam. The one-day conference will explore the role of narrative and storytelling in archaeology. What is the best way to give voice to our discoveries, and how can different forms of narrative shape understandings of the past in the present? 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 >>


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

PhD position in the NWO-funded NWA project Constructing the limes: Employing citizen science to understand borders and border systems from the Roman period until today. More information >>

Deadline: 6 May 2021

Universiteit Utrecht

PhD position archaeology of the Limes in the NWO-funded NWA project ‘Constructing the limes: Employing citizen science to understand borders and border systems from the Roman period until today.’ More information >>

Deadline: 6 May 2021

Universiteit Utrecht

Projectleider voor het Open Science project ‘Constructing the Limes’ (0,5 fte).

More information >>

Deadline: 16 April 2021

Berliner Antike-Kolleg

PhD program ‘Landscape Archaeology and Architecture’. The Graduate School Scholarship Program (GSSP) of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is offering one scholarship to research and complete a doctorate in the “Landscape Archaeology and Architecture” (LAA) program. Applications from the fields of Prehistoric Archaeology, Classical Archaeology, Near Eastern Archaeology, Egyptology and Northeast African Archaeology, or Geoscience (with a focus on Landscape Archaeology) are welcomed. More information >>

Deadline: 30 April 2021

University of Cambridge

University lecturer in Palaeolithic Archaeology. In particular, the Department welcomes applications from those whose research experience, expertise and/or future vision combine regional engagement with comparative and global perspectives, and who engage with questions in broader social/cultural archaeology, archaeological science, and/or human evolutionary studies. More information >>

Deadline: 16 April 2021

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

PhD position in Archaeological Biogeochemistry in the C-Limes project. The title of this PhD position is: ‘Mobility patterns and associated dietary changes in the Roman limes borderscape in the Netherlands, Belgium, northern France, and western Germany.’ More information >>

Deadline: 30 April 2021

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

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.