This is a round up of EAC activities from July to November 2022.
Annual Meetings The first call for papers for the EAC Heritage Symposium in March 2023 was announced in September. The theme will be ‘New Challenges - Archaeological Heritage Management and the Archaeology of the 18th to 20th centuries’.
It will be held 23-25 March 2023 at the LVR LandesMuseum in Bonn, Germany, hosted by the LVR-State Service for Archaeological Heritage on behalf of the Association of State Archaeologists in the Federal Republic of Germany. Abstracts are invited on three themes: Archaeological witnesses of industrial, infrastructural and urban development; Remains of war(s) and terror as a task of archaeology; Mass production and new materials as a challenge for archaeology. Find out more about how to submit an abstract and register for the symposium here.
Membership In July, the EAC conducted a communications survey of its members to find out how well it communicates, and where it can improve and create new activities. The good news is that mostly members are happy with the communications they receive from EAC. A significant number of members who responded to the survey would like to be more actively involved with EAC. The EAC welcomes active participation by its members so the Board has started planning to make this possible. More information will follow soon.
Officers and administration The EAC Board met in Dresden, Germany in October, kindly hosted by the Archaeological Heritage Office of Saxony. The Board focussed on plans for engaging members and managing and promoting the guidance being developed by the working groups. The meeting included a visit to the State Archaeological Archives, and the Bronze Age Goldkuppe hillfort.
Publications European Affairs Update, the EAC/ EAA newsletter – which rounds up matters of European heritage policy and funding – was published in July and November 2022. Our communication survey showed that members who receive it find it very useful, but some members don’t know it exists! You can sign up here if you wish to join the mailing list.
Policies and other activities The EAC was pleased to renew its support for the UKRI-funded project Bringing the Past to the Present: measuring, maximising and transforming public benefit from UK government infrastructure investment in archaeology. Project fellow Sadie Watson spoke at ISOCARP2022, the world planning congress, on matters relating to the work of EAC. The EAC also continues to support the Community Archaeology in Rural Environments Meeting Societal Challenge project, which is now completing its multi-national fieldwork programme and entering its final phase.
Working Groups The EAC Chairs of Working Groups met in September to discuss progress: the EAC is working steadily towards new guidance and recommendations in key areas of European Heritage Management, and the next few years will be busy ones for the working groups. The Archaeological Archives, Making the Case (public benefit of developer-led Archaeology), National Research Frameworks and Archaeological Significance groups will all be delivering outlines and drafts in the coming months. The Remote Sensing group has had a successful start to its Lidar guidance, with a well-attended workshop in July, and plans for new guidance underway. Discussion of all of the forthcoming guidance and recommendations will be an important element of the Annual Meeting in March 2023, and we urge members to attend and participate. Find out more about the working groups here or contact the Assistant firstname.lastname@example.org.
An archaeological legislation survey for EAC members is out now: if you are an EAC member and have not received it by email, please contact the Assistant email@example.com to request it. The EAC is working with Czech colleagues to take a snapshot survey of archaeological legislation in member countries: the results will be available to all members, and we expect them to be very useful, so do please participate.