Strategic documents

EAC Amersfoort Agenda

Setting the agenda for the future of archaeological heritage management in Europe

During the 16th Annual Meeting which took place in Lisbon on 18-21 March 2015, the European Archaeological Council (EAC) presented an agenda for the future of the archaeological heritage management in Europe. This so-called ‘Amersfoort Agenda’ is the result of the 15th heritage management symposium of EAC (held in 2014) which took the form of a working conference and was hosted by the Dutch Cultural Heritage Agency in Amersfoort. The input from EAC members and other participants during this event constituted the basis for preparing the EAC Agenda.


Setting the Agenda

More than twenty years after the drafting of the Valletta Convention (European Convention of the Council of Europe on the Protection of the Archaeological Heritage), times have changed and there are new challenges ahead that demand the attention of archaeological heritage managers. The Amersfoort Agenda presents the focus of EAC in addressing these challenges.

The first major theme in the Amersfoort Agenda is embedding archaeology in society. This includes amongst others encouraging public participation and the need for integrating archaeology into education. The second theme is about the importance of conscious, explicit and transparent choices in archaeological heritage management. The focus of the third and final theme is the subject of archaeological data management in the digital age.

The Amersfoort Agenda has been included in EAC Occasional Paper No. 10 and it is accompanied by some very inspiring articles that relate to the topics of the agenda. The publication is titled ‘Setting the Agenda: Giving New Meaning to the European Archaeologcial Heritage’ and is available at Archaeolingua.


The digital versions of the Amersfoort Agenda

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