Are you TEA’s next photojournalist of the year?

Submit one image (photo or drawing) in portrait* format alongside a max 400-word text and find out!

We archaeologists often find ourselves in strange, beautiful, far-off, and sometimes dangerous places. Whether we work close to our own backyards or in exotic locales, fieldwork is a vital part of the archaeological endeavor.

Continuing the success of last year’s photo competition, we are happy to announce that the EAA is sponsoring another photojournalism competition. This year the theme is


Whether dodging bullets or dodging mosquitos; hopping trains or hopping streams; learning a new language out of necessity or curiosity; making new friends or gaming new enemies; avoiding near-disaster or enjoying the company of new friends; pull on your boots, sharpen your trowel, pack up your bags, and take us with you to one of the wonderful, wacky, or wild (or dreadful!) places that you’ve been to as an archaeologist!


Submissions should be made by email to by 1 August 2023 at 23:59 CET. Each entry should include a single high-resolution (600 DPI) portrait-style image (.tif or .png) with an accompanying text (max 400 words).

The text should describe the subject matter of the photo, as well as its location and archaeological relevance. Some short time should also be spent on describing why it fits the theme; as such be sure to include information on the location, the contexts, and the circumstances presented in the image. The text should be a .word file, and should also include a thumbnail of the image described. In your email text, please state your full name, institution (if you wish it to be posted) as well as your EAA membership number. Please include ‘TEA Photojournalism competition 2024’ in the subject line of the email. By submitting an image to the competition, you confirm that you have or have obtained copyright permission, that you provide permission for TEA to print the image in question as a cover, should your entry be among the winners and you also extend permission to the EAA to use the image with accreditation in its promotional materials.


The three winning entries will have their EAA membership fees waived for 2024 and will receive certificates describing them as “TEA Photojournalist of the Year 2024”. The images will feature on the winter, spring and summer issues of TEA, and will be announced as TEA’s Photojournalists of 2024.

  • You must be a current EAA Member to enter.
  • Each Member may submit only one entry, so choose wisely.
  • You may only submit an image on your own behalf.
  • The image must be oriented in portrait to potentially fit the cover of a future TEA issue.
  • You must have copyright permission for the image and you must agree to provide permission to TEA to reprint the image. This includes the possibility of the image being included in a future issue of TEA spotlighting the entries of the competition.
  • All subject material which answers the competition theme will be considered, though it must also be appropriate to being a cover of TEA.

After closing date, all submissions will be evaluated by a panel (including both professional photographers as well as archaeologists). Those short-listed will be notified by end of August that their entry has been selected for the second round of the evaluation process, which will be by popular vote by Members of the EAA. Before the voting begins, shortlisted entries will be spotlighted on EAA’s social media channels alongside their texts before the final vote. Winners will be notified by 31 October.

*Please note that images which are not in portrait orientation will not be accepted. If you have an image that you would like to contribute that is square or in landscape format you must crop it to portrait before sending it in to the competition.

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New Book Release

Agropastoralism and Languages Across Eurasia: Expansion, exchange, environment

Edited by Mark Hudson and Martine Robbeets

This volume of collected essays explores questions relating to human dispersal, exchange, and language across the varied environments of Eurasia. Chapters in the book discuss topics as varied as Jōmon plant cultivation, linguistic borrowings by agropastoral groups, the spread of gold and silverwares across the steppes, and customs related to feasting in medieval northern China. This book will be of interest to archaeologists and historical linguists alike, particularly those working on long-term social change across Eurasia.

Paperback | ISBN 9781407360751
Regular price: £47
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New Book Release

Torregarcía, Purpura y Agua: Aplicación Histórica de Metodología No Invasiva en una Officina Purpuraria en el Litoral Almeriense (España)

Edited by María Juana López Medina

Este libro utiliza una variedad de técnicas no invasivas para revelar la historia de la producción de tinte púrpura en el sitio de Torregarcía (Almería, España). El sitio se identificó anteriormente como una factoría romana de salazones, pero una nueva investigación ha revelado la importancia de la explotación del tinte púrpura como actividad principal del yacimiento, además de proporcionar una mayor comprensión de las diversas estructuras excavadas previamente en el sitio.

This book uses a variety of non-invasive techniques to reveal the history of purple dye production at the site of Torregarcía (Almería, Spain). The site was previously identified as a Roman salting factory, but new research has revealed the importance of the exploitation of purple dye as the main site activity, as well as providing greater understanding of the various structures previously excavated at the site.

Available Open Access:
Paperback | ISBN 9781407360478
Regular price: £67
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Seeking Participants for Research Survey on Applied Geophysics to Assist in Law Enforcement Investigations

Michelle Proulx

Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education (ORISE), USA

Forensic Scientists conducting a metal detecting survey (left) and a ground penetrating radar survey (right) over a simulated crime scene. Photos taken from “Collection of Forensic Soil Evidence” 2019,

Call for Participation

The American Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Laboratory is conducting three web-based questionnaires to gather information on the use of metal detectors and geophysical methods (such as GPR and electrical resistivity) to search for hidden or buried targets (clandestine graves, weapons, etc.) in criminal investigations.

The goals of both archaeology and law enforcement may include detecting buried items and could benefit from the application of non-destructive methods for the detection and imaging of subsurface targets. Therefore, the archaeological community may occasionally (or even regularly) partner with law enforcement in their outdoor search efforts. Some non-destructive geophysical technologies that archaeologists and law enforcement personnel could use to detect a buried or obscured target include:

  • Metal Detectors (see above left)
  • Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) (see above right)
  • Electromagnetic Induction (EMI)
  • Magnetometer
  • Electrical Resistivity Tomography
  • And others
Target Research Participants:

We want to reach out to scientific and professional communities, such as those within archaeology, geology, and geophysics, who are likely to have applied geophysical methods in their respective fields and have applied these methodologies to assist in law enforcement investigations.

Research Objectives:

The intent of these questionnaires is to better understand which geophysical methods are deployed for law enforcement investigations and how effective the method are under the case specific conditions. Whether the geophysical survey was for a clandestine grave search on the property of a residential home or a buried weapons search out in an open farming field, we are interested to learn how the geophysical survey was conducted, which methodologies were applied and the subsequent outcome(s).

In addition, we are encouraging participants to describe attempts where the geophysical survey may not have been deemed as “successful” in detecting a target in an investigation. These “unsuccessful” attempts could result from: the suspected target not being present at designated survey site, failure of the equipment, large amount of unusable or noisy data, the physical condition of the site and/or the suboptimal survey design for data collection.

If you have used specific geophysical methodologies for a law enforcement investigation, please complete the questionnaire found here:

QUESTIONNAIRE #1: Geophysical Service Providers in Support of Law Enforcement -

We are also seeking the perspectives of law enforcement end user of geophysical methods. In addition to participation in the survey above, we ask that you forward the two surveys below to your law enforcement clients:

QUESTIONNAIRES #2 and #3 (Law enforcement Personnel ONLY):

The last day to complete these questionnaires is January 1st, 2024. If you have questions about the questionnaires or the research study in general, reach out to

  • UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment (2019) Collection of Forensic Soil Evidence. [2019]. Available from: (Accessed: 15 June 2023).

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