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Monique van den Dries

Monique van den Dries is assistant-professor at the Faculty of Archaeology of Leiden University (The Netherlands), where she teaches archaeological heritage management. She studied Prehistory of North-western Europe at Leiden University, with specialisations in the application of IT and in museology. After her studies she further specialised in IT and communication. For her PhD-research (1998) she applied artificial intelligence techniques for analyzing and teaching use-wear traces on flint artefacts. From 1995 onwards she was active in Dutch heritage management. First she worked for the Dutch Foundation for Archaeology, where she was the editor of the archaeological magazine ArcheoBRIEF. Then she worked at the State Agency for Archaeology as project manager for public outreach activities. In 2002 she became inspector at the Dutch Inspectorate for Cultural Heritage. In 2010 she was appointed at Leiden University to conduct research on archaeological heritage management and to teach a Master specialization on Heritage management. Her recent publications concern the developments within Dutch heritage management following the implementation of the Malta-principles and the global economic recession. Her main research projects at the moment are:
- Archaeology in Contemporary Europe - [www.ace-archaeology.eu]
- Tell Balata Archaeological Park project [www.tellbalata.com
One of her aims as EAA board member is to stimulate the involvement of students. 

Executive Board Member
Maria Gurova

Maria Gurova is an Associate Professor of Prehistory at the National Institute of Archaeology with Museum of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in Sofia, Bulgaria. She specializes in the study of prehistoric flint assemblages from Bulgaria, NW Anatolia and the Levant, including use-wear analysis. Among her other interests are: the origins and dispersal of early hominins in Europe; the Neolithization of the Balkans and related issues of identity; flint raw material procurement and distribution strategies in prehistory; the symbolic vs the utilitarian in archaeological interpretation; and experimentation in archaeology. She is involved in fieldwork and related projects in Bulgaria, Turkey, Israel, Serbia, the UK and Spain. She publishes regularly in several languages in peer-reviewed journals, conference proceedings and edited monographs, her publications reflecting both the empirical and theoretical aspects of her research. She sits on several editorial boards, is editor-in-chief of the first online Bulgarian journal of archaeology (Be-JA), and a member of various scientific organizations including UISPP and SAA.

EJA General Editor
Robin Skeates

Robin Skeates is a Reader in the Department of Archaeology at Durham University. His research interests centre upon the prehistoric archaeology of the Central Mediterranean region, and his publications explore a wide variety of themes within the overlapping inter-disciplinary fields of material, visual and sensual culture studies, and of museum and heritage studies.  His latest book is An Archaeology of the Senses: Prehistoric Malta (Oxford University Press). His current field project is investigating the human uses and experiences of a group of prehistoric ritual caves in Central Sardinia.  He is Director of Durham University's Masters programme in Museum and Artefact Studies, and an External Examiner for BA Archaeology programmes at Leicester University.  He is also a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, a member of the British School at Rome's Faculty of Archaeology, History and Letters, and a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council's Peer Review College.  His goal, as General Editor of the European Journal of Archaeology, is to raise its profile as a leading international academic journal dedicated to publishing the very best scholarship on European archaeology, particularly that facilitated by the EAA.

TEA Editor
Alexander Gramsch

Dr Alexander Gramsch is currently working for the State Heritage Office in Rhineland-Palatinate, southwestern Germany. He received degrees from Cambridge University, UK, and Leipzig University, Germany. His primary research interests are matters of theory and historiography. Moreover, he worked on agency in Bronze Age cremation burials, on the Bell Beaker phenomenon, and on the ritual practice of TRB barrowbuilding. He has edited "Vergleichen als archaeologische Methode" and co-edited "Archaeologies of Europe. History, Methods and Theories". He has worked for private archaeological companies, lectured at universities in Berlin, Freiburg and Leipzig, organised conferences for the German Theoretical Archaeology Group (T-AG), and was part of a research project on social interpretations in archaeology at Basel University, Switzerland. Currently he is also one of the editors of Archaeological Dialogues. He became editor of The European Archaeologist in 2010.

EAA Administrator
Sylvie Květinová

Sylvie Kvetinová (EAA Administrator) studied Ethnology and Archaeology at the Charles University in Prague and the Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. She focuses on Palaeolithic (especially Magdalenian), chipped stone industry, and on Latin American Prehistory.

Mark Pearce

Mark Pearce is Associate Professor in Archaeology at the University of Nottingham. His research centres on the Neolithic, Copper and Bronze Ages of northern Italy and he is particularly interested in early mining and metallurgy and in mountain landscapes. He has long been involved in the EAA and has served as General Editor of the European Journal of Archaeology (2001-2004) and as member of the Nomination Committee (2004-2007). More information and a list of his publications can be found at http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/archaeology/people/Mark.Pearce

Executive Board Member
Peter F. Biehl

Peter Biehl is Chair of the Department of Anthropology and Director of the Institute for European and Mediterranean Archaeology at the State University of New York at Buffalo (USA). His interests include Neolithic and Copper Age Europe and Near East, archaeological method and theory, cognitive archaeology and the social meaning of visual imagery and representation, archaeology of cult and religion, museums and archaeological collections, heritage and multimedia in archaeology. He has projects in Albania, Germany, Israel, Romania, Ukraine, United States and Turkey, and is currently working at the West Mound in Çatalhöyük. He has published widely on the meaning and functions of Neolithic and Copper Age figurines, Neolithic enclosures, the archaeology of cult and religion, and multimedia applications in archaeology. He was the reviews editor of the EJA 1998-2005 and serves on various national and international editorial boards and academic committees. 

EJA Editorial Board Member
Arkadiusz Marciniak

Arkadiusz Marciniak is an Associate Professor of Archaeology at the University of Poznań in Poland. He expertise is in the development of early farming communities in western Asia and central Europe and their progression to complex societies. His other interests comprise zooarchaeology of farming communities, archaeological heritage and political context of practicing archaeology as well as archaeological theory and history of archaeological thought. He has been a co-director of the Polish team at the Neolithic tell in Çatalhöyük, Turkey. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed books and journals. Among his recent publications are Placing Animals in the Neolithic. Social Zooarchaeology of Prehistoric Farming Communities and Grahame Clark and his Legacy (with John Coles). He is currently involved in the project on distance learning solutions in archaeology and archaeological heritage. While at Stanford, he will teach two courses Social Zooarchaeology. Animals within prehistoric social worlds and Politics, nationalism, heritage and archaeology in Central/Eastern Europe.

Executive Board Member
Franco Nicolis

Franco Nicolis studied Ancient History and Prehistory at the University of Bologna. His PhD thesis at the University of Pisa was focused on the Bell Beaker phenomenon in Nortern Italy.
Since 1991 he is working as archaeologist at the Archaeological Heritage Office of the Autonomous Province of Trento, Italy. In this position, he directed many excavations from the Mesolithic to the Roman period, organized several international conferences on different topics, gave public lectures at different European Universities and Institutions (University of Bristol; University College London; University of Nottingham; College de France, Paris, ...), 
He is in charge for the relations with other institutions, e.g. the Italian School of Archaeology in Athens and the Excavations Department del National Heritage Board of Sweden.
He has been the coordinator of the Organising Committee of the EAA 15th Annual Meeting which has been held 15-20 September 2009 in Riva del Garda, Trento.
His interests include: Material culture and society of Neolithic, Copper Age and Bronze Age; Megalithic monuments in the alpine region; Bell Beaker Phenomenon; Long-distance contacts and connections in prehistory; Archaeology of funerary contexts; Archaeometallurgy; History of Archaeology; Archaeology of Cultural landscapes; Archaeology of I World War and forensic archaeology; Archaeology and communication; Ice Archaeology: the archaeology of ice patches and glaciers in the Alps. He has published widely on Bell Beaker phenomenon, Long distance cultural links in prehistory, Alpine archaeology, Archaeology of death.

Executive Board Member
Agnė Čivilytė

Dr. Agnė Čivilytė is currently working for the Institute of Lithuanian History in Vilnius. She received her PhD from Heidelberg University, Germany in fields Prehistoric Archaeology, Classical Archaeology and Archaeology of Near East. Her PhD thesis was focused on various aspects with the phenomenon of Bronze Age weapon depositions in North-Central Europe. Her other interests comprise prehistoric warfare, technology and social development in prehistory, archaeolometallurgy, social theories, memory in archaeology and cultural relations and identity in prehistory. She also participated at archaeological excavations in Göbekli Tepe (Turkey) and Tiryns (Greece). She is a member of Society of Lithuanian Archeology and a member of editorial board of peer-reviewed journal ”Archaeologia Baltica”. Her current research project is Technology and social development in prehistory: A study of Bronze Age metal objects.  VP1-3.1-ŠMM-07-V-01-101  (2011-2014). More information can be found at http://www.istorija.lt/html/projektai_acivilyte.html. As an Executive Board Member she aims  Lithuanian archaeology to be involved into European community of science and to discuss not only scientific, but also current problems of archaeological heritage and the role of archaeology in modern society in a global context. 

Executive Board Member
Nurcan Yalman

Dr Nurcan Yalman studied prehistoric archaeology at Istanbul University, and received her PhD entitled The Contribution of the ‘Settlement Logic’ Studies at the Contemporary Villages to the Interpretation of Archaeological Sites in 2005. Besides participating in numerous excavations and survey projects in Turkey, she has been the team leader of the pottery laboratory at the Çatalhöyük Research Project between 2003-2011. Her research interests are the history of archaeological thought, contextual ethnoarchaeology, pottery analysis and methods and theories of cultural heritage including public outreach, vocational training and community archaeology. Currently, she is a research fellow in the Centre for International Heritage Activities (CIE) in Leiden and in the NGO The Cultural Awareness Foundation in Istanbul, where she is developing training programs on cultural heritage. She has published widely on pottery analysis, ethnoarchaeology and recently on cultural heritage. She has also organized and supervised the exhibition From Earth to Eternity: Çatalhöyük in Istanbul. She has lectured at the Mimar Sinan and Kadir Has Universities in Istanbul.