NVFA 40th Lustrum Symposium – 10 November 2023

NVFA 40th Lustrum Symposium

Date: 10 November 2023

Location: Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed, Amersfoort

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We are happy to announce that registration for the NVFA’s 40th Anniversary Symposium “Diseased, Damaged and Commingled: The Challenges and Opportunities of Studying Modified Archaeological Human Remains” is now open! We invite you to celebrate this commemorative event with us at the Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed in Amersfoort on Friday the 10th of November. Expert lectures will explore the challenges, opportunities and ethical dimensions of studying modified and commingled remains. Hands-on workshops allow participants to learn new or hone existing practical skills. Lunch and refreshments are included, and the symposium will conclude with afternoon drinks and an Osteology Quiz! Check out our list of speakers and workshops below! A couple of our ARCHON RMA members are helping with the organisation of this year’s NVFA symposium, read about their experiences in this blog post.

9:30-10:00 Welcome with coffee and tea
10:00-10:15 Prof. dr. Jos Bazelmans (Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed)
Welcome and Opening of the Symposium
Dr. Hayley Mickleburgh (University of Amsterdam, NVFA)
Reflection and introduction to the program
10:15-11:00 drs. Steffen Baetsen (ARCHOL)
Don’t be Denied: A Puzzle focussing on Teeth from Tiel, the Netherlands
11:00-11:30 Break
11:30-12:15 KEYNOTE: Dr. Anna Osterholz (Mississippi State University)
Configuring Community: Collective Burial, Commingling, and the Reinforcing of Social Structure
12:15-13:00 Lunch Break
13:00-13:30 drs. Inge van der Jagt and Martijn van Haasteren, MA (Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed) Short tour of the RCE osteological collections
13:30-14:15 Amandine Flammang, MA (Université Libre de Bruxelles)
Should We Dig Looted Tombs? An Interdisciplinary Study of Andean Open Sepulchres Funerary Contexts in the Upper Nepeña Drainage, Peru
14:15-15:15 Dr. Tristan Krap (Maastricht Institute for Criminal Sciences)
Workshop 1a: Analyzing Cremated Human Remains
14:15-15:15 Dr. Barbara Veselka (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
Workshop 1b BYOB: Vitamin D Deficiency Disclosed
15:15-15:45 Break
15:45-16:45 Dr. Hayley Mickleburgh (University of Amsterdam, NVFA)
Workshop 2a: Creating  3D-models of Bones and Burials with Photogrammetry
15:45-16:45 Dr. Sarah Schrader (LU)
Workshop 2b: The Osteological Paradox: Limitations and Possibilities
16:45-18:30 Drinks & Osteology QUIZ
19:00 Dinner at Restaurant voor Iedereen (limited spots available)

Registration: Register for the Anniversary Symposium through the online registration formIMPORTANT: your registration is complete once you have transferred the registration fee to the NVFA bank account (details listed in the form). Make sure to indicate your workshop preferences and whether you will participate in the Osteology Quiz in the form.

Register now:

  • Student members of the NVFA: €25 (student ID must be shown on the day)
  • Members of the NVFA: €40
  • Non-members: €55

Note that ARCHON offers to compensate the registration costs for ARCHON members that want to attend the congress and handing in a reflection report afterwards.

Symposium dinner (limited spots available!): The Symposium dinner at Restaurant voor Iedereen is not included in the registration fee. Please indicate during registration whether you would like to join the dinner. The 3-course meal includes meat/fish, vegetarian and vegan options and costs €35 p.p. (drinks must be purchased separately on the day). Save your spot by making your payment before 1 November (details listed in the registration form).