Professional Associations in Archaeology (PAA)

About the Community

Established: 1999
Last renewed: 2016
Gerald Wait (
Mark Spanjer (
Doug Rocks-Macqueen (

At its Business Meeting in 1999, the European Association of Archaeologists agreed to the formation of a Committee for Professional Associations in Archaeology, operating under the umbrella of the EAA. At its Meeting in March 2005, the Executive Board re-appointed the Committee for another term.

The Association charged the Committee:

  1. To identify the problems of professional archaeologists in Europe: common, particular to states
  2. To share experiences and solutions
  3. To advise the EAA on how it can lobby for its professional members (e.g. as advisor to the Council of Europe)
  4. To advise EAA how it can raise the profile of archaeologists in Europe
  5. To advise EAA how to encourage dialogue and shared perceptions – to raise standards by example
  6. To advise EAA how to ensure that professional and ethical values can be used to strengthen national laws and transcend the values of the marketplace
  7. Identify projects for European funding

The Committee has continued to work towards these objectives, reporting annually to the Annual Business Meeting and occasionally reporting progress in The European Archaeologist. The Committee has met at each EAA Annual Meeting, organising round-tables to explore issues within its remit, and working in close partnership with the Committee on Education and Training on key issues. In 2003 and 2004 it has also held inter-conference mettings, in Bangor (Wales) in 2003 and Leuven (Belgium) in 2004.


  1. To organise a special interest group meetings annually
  2. To discuss the outcomes of the group meeting at round tables held annually
  3. To discuss the outcomes of research at the round tables
  4. To circulate the results to the Committee and to report to the Business Meeting
  5. To make recommendations to the Board
  6. To update the web page related to the Committee activities

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