More than 3.000 experts gather in Barcelona to debate on the future of the archeology
Under the motto "Reflecting futures", the meeting has invited the most active archaeologists in Europe, to reflect on the challenges and the social function of archaeology in this time of changes in Europe and the world.
More than 3,200 communications and posters will be presented during the meeting. Contributions have been organized in different theme lines. One of those lines are the new theories and archaeology methods, such as the use of digital technologies and new data and analytical methods, together with contributions archaeology can add in debates on the mobility of population, climate change or sustainability.
Another topic will be formed by several current research studies on the remains of the diverse material and immaterial cultures of humanity. Also, a group of communications under the name of "Mediterranean Landscapes" will focus on the different cultures of this area and the relation they have.
The link between archaeology and the future of the cities and urban environment is another topic, which will show research studies, for instance, on the potential of archaeology to integrate immigrant populations, or on the challenges and opportunities the tourist sector brings to this academic discipline.
There will be a series of contributions on archaeology within the context of the European Year of Cultural Heritage. For the first time in a EAA conference, there will be a theme area on the challenges of archaeology dissemination, especially on the field of museology.
There will be other contributions on more aspects such as archaeology and gender bias; archaeology at everyone's reach; or heritage at risk due wars and political conflicts.
Dissemination program: Archaeology in the streets
The meeting in Barcelona offers a program of dissemination activities to bring archaeology closer to the citizens. There will be a conference series on several aspects of the history of Barcelona, a cinema cycle on archaeology and history.
People can also visit the archaeological site in the Faculty of Geography and History of the UB, where a guided tour on the urban heritage of Barcelona will be given. The groups Phoenix and Barcino Oriens will offer different historical recreations of the Roman Period and the group Ibercalafell will offer recreations of the Iberian societies. Visitors will see virtual reconstructions of several archaeological sites and there will be a workshop on Roman cuisine and another on experimental archaeology of the Paleolithic Period.
Activity program for the public: https://www.e-a-a.org/EAA2018/PublicEvents
At the same time, the CCCB (C/Montalegre, 5) will hold the first European Fair of Archaeology, which will gather more than fifty exhibitors from Catalonia, Spain and Europe.
The meeting is sponsored by the University of Barcelona, Generalitat de Catalunya (Ministry of Culture) and the Barcelona City Council (Department of Culture). The meeting has an organizing committee formed by Margarita Díaz-Andreu (UB-ICREA), Raquel Piqué (UA) and Sandra Montón (UPF-ICREA), as well as a scientific committee and an advisory committee representing the most important Catalan archaeology bodies and others from Spain. Logistics are taken care of by two Catalan companies (Kultura and Manners).
The European Association of Archaeologists is the main body on archaeology and archaeological heritage in Europe, and the second biggest organization of this kind worldwide. Its current president is Felipe Criado-Boado. It has more than 3,500 active members, and over its almost twenty-five years of life, has involved about 15,000 people. EAA's aim is to promote the development of archaeology, support professionals of this field and ease the relation between Aarchaeological heritage and society.