European Association of Archaeologists

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The European Association of Archaeologists (EAA) is a membership-based, not-for-profit association, open to archaeologists and other related or interested individuals or bodies in Europe and beyond. It was founded in 1994 at an inaugural meeting in Ljubljana, Slovenia, where its statutes were formally approved,[1] and recognized by the Council of Europe in 1999.[2] EAA has had over 11,000 members on its database from 60 countries worldwide, working in prehistory, classical, medieval, and historic archaeology. EAA holds an annual conference and publishes the flagship journal of European archaeology, the European Journal of Archaeology; the EAA also publishes an in-house newsletter, The European Archaeologist (TEA). The registered office of the association is in Prague, Czech Republic.


The EAA sets the professional and ethical standards of archaeological work through its statutes,[3] code of practice,[4] principles of conduct for contract archaeology,[5] and code of practice for fieldwork training;[6] the EAA Communities help define important aspects of archaeological work through constant discussion and consultation with EAA membership at EAA annual conferences. The EAA further promotes international cooperation though interactions with Affiliate Organizations.[7] In 1999, the EAA was granted consultative status with the Council of Europe, which in 2003 was upgraded to participatory status.[8]

The EAA aims are to:

  • to promote the development of archaeological research and the exchange of archaeological information;
  • to promote the management and interpretation of the European archaeological heritage;
  • to promote proper ethical and scientific standards for archaeological work;
  • to promote the interests of professional archaeologists in Europe;
  • to promote cooperation with other organizations with similar aims.[9]


The EAA is governed by an executive board elected by full members of the association; the executive board comprises three or four officers (president, incoming president, treasurer, and secretary) and six ordinary members.[10] The current president is Felipe Criado-Boado from Galicia.[11][12]


The EAA awards prizes and honours relevant to its aims; these include the European Archaeological Heritage Prize, the EAA Student Award, and Honorary membership in the EAA.[13]

European Archaeological Heritage Prize[edit]

The EAA instituted the European Archaeological Heritage Prize in 1999. An independent committee awards the prize annually to an individual, institution, (local or regional) government or a (European or international) officer or body for an outstanding contribution to the protection and presentation of the European archaeological heritage.[14]

  • 1999: M.M. Carrilho, Minister of Culture from Portugal
  • 2000: Margareta Biörnstad, former state antiquarian, Sweden
  • 2001: Otto Braasch, member of the Aerial Archaeological Group (AARG), Germany
  • 2002: Henry Cleere, ICOMOS Paris
  • 2003: Viktor Trifonov, Institute of Material Culture, Russian Academy of Sciences in Sankt Petersburg
  • 2004: Illicit Antiquities Research Centre at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research at the University of Cambridge
  • 2005: Kristian Kristiansen, Sweden
  • 2006: John Coles, UK
  • 2007: Siegmar von Schnurbein, Germany
  • 2008: Jean-Paul Demoule, France
  • 2009: Ulrich Ruoff, Switzerland
  • 2010: David John Breeze, Scotland
  • 2011: Girolamo Ferdinando, UK and Avvocato Francesco Pinto, Italy
  • 2012: Willem J.H. Willems, Dean of the Faculty of Archaeology, University of Leiden, Netherlands
  • 2013: M. Daniel Thérond, former Head of Department of the Culture, Heritage and Diversity Department, Council of Europe, and Vincent Gaffney
  • 2014: Marie Louise Stig Sørensen and Erzsébet Jerem
  • 2015: María Ángeles Querol Fernández and Martin Oswald Hugh Carver
  • 2016: Unité d'Archéologie de la Ville de Saint-Denis and Caroline Sturdy Colls

Student award[edit]

A student award was instituted in 2002 and is awarded annually for the best paper presented at the EAA Annual Meeting by a student or an archaeologist working on a dissertation.[15]

  • 2002 - Laura M. Popova
  • 2003 - Anita Synnestvedt
  • 2004 - Jonathan D. Le Huray
  • 2005 - Marta Caroscio
  • 2006 - NOT AWARDED
  • 2007 - Goce Naumov
  • 2008 - NOT AWARDED
  • 2009 - Pamela Cross
  • 2010 - Camilla Norman
  • 2011 - Heide Wrobel Norgaard
  • 2012 - Maria Leena Lahtinen
  • 2013 - Oliver Dietrich
  • 2014 - Can Aksoy and Ziyacan Bayar
  • 2015 - Patrycja Kupiec, and special commendation to Christine Cave and Alex Davies
  • 2016 - Sian Mui and Shumon Hussain

Annual meetings[edit]

The EAA inaugural meeting took place in Ljubljana, Slovenia in September 1994; the official first annual meeting took place in September 1995 in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, and an annual meeting has taken place every year since. The table below shows the meeting locations and dates since the year 2010.[16]

16th The Hague, Netherlands September 1–5, 2010
17th Oslo, Norway September 14–18, 2011
18th Helsinki, Finland August 30–September 1, 2012
19th Pilsen, Czech Republic September 4–8, 2013
20th Istanbul, Turkey September 10–14, 2014
21st Glasgow, Scotland September 2–5, 2015
22nd Vilnius, Lithuania August 31–September 4, 2016
23rd Maastricht, Netherlands August 30–September 3, 2017
24th Barcelona, Spain September 5-8, 2018
*25th Bern, Switzerland September 4-8, 2019
*26th Budapest, Hungary August 26-30, 2020
*27th Kiel, Germany September 08-11, 2021
*28th ? August 31–September 3 or September 07-10, 2022
*29th ? August 30–September 2 or September 06-9, 2023

* Those marked with an asterisk are upcoming


The EAA publishes the quarterly European Journal of Archaeology (EJA),[17] originally the Journal of European Archaeology (1993–1997), the monograph series THEMES In Contemporary Archaeology,[18] and an electronic newsletter, The European Archaeologist (TEA).[19] EJA is currently co-edited by Robin Skeates and Catherine J. Frieman.[1]


  1. ^ Cleere, H. 1995. The EAA is up and running; the European Archaeologist 3: 1-3.; EAA Statutes
  2. ^ Council of Europe Conference of INGOs
  3. ^ "EAA Statutes". Retrieved 2016-12-06.
  4. ^ "EAA Code of Practice". Retrieved 2016-12-06.
  5. ^ "EAA Principles of Conduct for Contract Archaeology". Retrieved 2016-12-06.
  6. ^ "EAA Code of Practice for Fieldwork Training". Retrieved 2016-12-06.
  7. ^ EAA Affiliate Organizations
  8. ^ Recognition of EAA by the Council of Europe; CoE list of INGOs
  9. ^ EAA Statutes, Article II: Aims Archived 2006-06-13 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ EAA Statutes Article VI: Organization
  11. ^ Felipe Criado Boado, presidente de la EAA, DLGGA-Delegación del CSIC en Galicia]‹See Tfd›(in Spanish)
  12. ^ EAA Executive Board , Official website
  13. ^ EAA Prizes and Awards
  14. ^ EAA European Archaeological Heritage Prize
  15. ^ EAA Student Award
  16. ^ EAA Conferences
  17. ^ EJA at Cambridge University Press
  18. ^ Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group) "Themes in Contemporary Archaeology; EAA THEMES homepage
  19. ^ TEA homepage

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