The History of Mediterranean Archaeology in the Low Countries – TMA & Argos

The History of Mediterranean Archaeology in the Low Countries – TMA & Argos

Date and place: 8 March 2019, Leemanszaal, Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, Leiden

Credits: 1 for full-day participation and written report

Language: English

Deadline for abstracts: 15 January

Online registration: here

Deadline for posters: Let them know before March 1st that you want to bring a poster.

The symposium

How did Mediterranean Archaeology develop as an academic discipline in the Netherlands and Belgium? Who were the key players, where did they work, what did they investigate? What were the most important intellectual and methodological currents? How was the archaeology of the Mediterranean related to other disciplines in the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences? What were the similarities and differences in approach and narrative between the Low Countries and their neighbors? What were the differences in research focus and approaches between the Netherlands and Belgium?

This symposium intends to address these questions by bringing together research on the history of archaeology as practiced in the Low Countries in the 19th and 20th centuries. We welcome abstracts from all scholars interested in and working on one of the following topics:

Histories of fieldwork
o Reflection on projects: how, why, when did archaeological research projects in the Mediterranean
begin? What kind of questions were pivotal at the time? Which method was used, inspired by whom?
How did they end?
o Microhistories of fieldwork
o Histories of local perspectives on fieldwork
o Histories of policy around fieldwork (project policies; local politics; university/education policies etc.)
o Alternative fieldwork histories through the lens of methods, techniques, instruments, daily practices
or local environments
o Biographies of fieldwork archaeologists (i.e. critical/reflective, non-hagiographic)
o Cultural and social contexts of archaeological projects

Histories of networks
o The emergence of archaeological study and museum collections
o Relations with the international archaeological field
o Emergence and disappearance of university chairs

Histories of thought and practice
o Histories of theoretical and methodological approaches
o Histories of archaeology (theory, method, narrative) in relation to other disciplines from the
humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences
o Theoretical and methodological frameworks of individual archaeologists
o The shift from visual analysis of study collections at home to field experience abroad
o The shift from classical to Mediterranean archaeology
o Currents of thought and their relation to dominant international currents
o Currents of thought and their relation to archaeology as practiced in the countries of study

Call for papers

Please send a title and abstract of 150 words with your name and affiliation to The deadline for sending in abstracts is the 15th of January 2019. We especially encourage early career researchers to apply.

Poster session
A poster session will be held during the symposium. Please let us know before the 1st of March if you wish to bring a poster.

The organization plans to publish the presented papers as a special issue of an international journal, for instance, the peer-reviewed Bulletin of the History of Archaeology.

The symposium is organised on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of TMA, Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology for the Netherlands and Flanders. Co-organisers are Platform Argos and Rijksmuseum van Oudheden. Platform Argos, initiated in 2016, aims at the historical study of Mediterranean archaeology as practiced by Dutch and Flemish archaeologists, projects, universities and museums ( Rijksmuseum van Oudheden is the national archaeological museum of the Netherlands. The symposium is financially supported by ARCHON, the Dutch inter-university graduate school for Archaeology.