martes, 27 de enero de 2015


When Valletta meets Faro. The reality of European archaeology in the 21st century
19-21 March, 2015 (Lisbon, Portugal)

Over the past decades, European archaeology focused on different ways of researching and protecting sites in the areas intended for construction and other forms of land development. This type of archaeology, which has become the predominant model of this scientific discipline, gained different names all over Europe: preventive, rescue, commercial, contract, development lead etc.
Whichever term we use to describe it – it is worth discussing. Therefore, the aim of next year’s EAC symposium is to review the different ways of delivering preventive or rescue archaeology across Europe, and to look at the challenges and benefits of state and private or commercial archaeology.
The anticipated outcome will be a greater shared understanding of the benefits and challenges faced and approaches taken by European States, to underpin more informed advice to governments on application or modification of policy.
The discussion is backed by the concept of integrating the approach of the Valletta Convention, which shaped preventive archaeology policies as we know them, with the concept of heritage communities contained in the Faro convention, which will determine 21st century integrated approach to heritage management.
The Symposium will last one and a half days and will consist of three plenary panel sessions. Each session will consist of an introduction to the theme and then 5 speakers representing countries throughout Europe will give short presentations addressing the same set of questions in reference to the situation in their respective countries. After that a Q&A session will be held – including questions and comments from the floor.
Conclusions and recommendations will be prepared by a team of experts and presented at the end of the symposium.
A publication of all presented materials is planned later in the year.

DAY 1 (19 March, 2014)

14:00 – 14:15 Opening of the symposium, welcoming addresses

Session 1. Setting the scene (14:15 – 17:20)

The aim of this session is to introduce the theme of the symposium by presenting the legal and organizational framework for different preventive archaeology models applied across Europe. The range of available solutions is very wide – from strictly centralized schemes to full free market models. Different countries developed their policies in different legal, social, and economic circumstances. The panelists’ task will be to summarize their country’s model and explain why it was chosen. Panelists will be asked to focus more on the theoretical model than on its practical outcomes. The main questions to be addressed refer to assigning significance: who chooses, how do we choose what sites warrant action, what the appropriate action should be, and last but not least – who does the work?

Session chair and moderator: Adrian Olivier (UK)

14:15 – 14:35 Introduction on legal background: Paulina Florjanowicz (Poland)

14:35 – 15:00 Introduction to session’s theme: Kristian Kristiansen (Sweden)

15:00 – 16:20 Panelists (including coffee break at 15:20 – 15:50):
·         Harald Meller (Germany)
·         Jan Marik (Czech Republic)
(coffee break)

·         Brian Duffy (Ireland)
·         Bernard Randoin (France)
·         Mehmet Özdogan (Turkey)
16:20 – 17:20 Q&A

DAY 2 (20 March, 2014)

Session 2. Balancing stakeholders (9:30 – 12:45)

This session is designed to focus on the effects. Its aim is to critically analyze the practical outcomes of different rescue archaeology solutions that have been applied and to show ways of balancing everyone’s expectations. One of the most important aspects is arbitrating the goals of the different stakeholders in the planning process. An important issue to be tackled is whether the delivery model for preventive archaeology is still a scientific endeavor or whether it is just another pre-construction service? An important issue to be raised is whether and how the free market within EU (including free labour movement) influences archaeological works in both positive and negative ways. Panelists are expected to openly present the good and bad practices in their countries in order to initiate a vivid discussion on the actual benefits of preventive archaeology in the reality of the 21st century.

Session chair and moderator: Rebecca Jones (UK)

9:30 – 10:00 Introduction to session’s theme: Friedrich Lüth (Germany)

10:00 – 11:20 Panelists (including coffee break at 10:30 – 11:00):
·         Maria Catarina Coelho (Portugal)
·         Dominic Perring (UK)
·         Dieke Wesseling (Netherlands)

(coffee break)

·         Michał Grabowski (Poland)
·         TBC
11:20 – 12:20 Q&A

12:20 – 14:00 Lunch

Session 3. Assuring quality (14:00 – 16:45)

The final session is meant as a practical reminder of the actual reason for undertaking preventive archaeology measures. It is important to acknowledge that current measures used for protecting archeological heritage in the planning process are not taken for granted and that good relations with the public are essential. One of the greatest challenges of preventive archaeology is to determine why and how to monitor quality of the research process. Panelists will be asked to address several issues from their countries’ experience such as finding the right expertise (skills, accreditation, procurement), monitoring quality – both on site and afterwards, sharing results with different target groups (researchers, public), and last but not least – ensuring lasting public benefit.

Session chair and moderator: Ana Catarina Sousa (Portugal)

14:00 – 14:25 Introduction: Monique van den Dries (Netherlands)

14:25 – 15:45 Panelists (including coffee break at 14:45 – 15:15):
·         Ronan Swan (Ireland)
·         Carolina Andersson (Sweden)
(coffee break)

·         Francesca Romana Stasolla (Italy)
·         TBC (Estonia)
·         Branislav Kovar (Slovakia)
15:45 – 16:45 Q&A

16:45 – 17:00 Coffee break

17:00 – 17: 30 Conclusions:
·         Kate Clark (UK)
·         Ols Lafe (Albania)
·         TBC
17:30 Closing of the symposium

Scientific coordination of the 16th EAC Symposium: Paulina Florjanowicz (Poland),

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