It is summer now, and on fieldwork or not, we are all looking forward to our annual meeting in Maastricht. EAA 2017 is coming up soon, so please remember to book your travel and your hotel or other accommodations. Also, please remember to vote in the EAA election, before 1 September. You should have received an email, or you can vote through the link in your personal profile.
You will notice that this issue of TEA is rather slim in comparison to the ones we previously edited – we have decided to combine the Spring Issue 52 and the Summer Issue 53 as one pdf to archive. Our TEA website is up-to-date, however, as we aim to disseminate all news, announcements and reports as soon as we receive them. Please keep the information coming – we are happy to include all items relevant to the EAA community.
Note that a few contributions to this newsletter by our Vice-president Sophie Hueglin are concerned with archaeology and processes of its professionalization. A united front of professionals makes heritage concerns visible and advocates their relevance to society in competing European interests.
We are still looking for short articles about Open Access in archaeology. This issue of TEA includes a brief discussion of Image Rights for publication and dissemination. The topic of image rights is a good example of the variety of national laws surrounding copyright and permission to reuse data and images. With multi-national archaeological projects becoming ever more common, and multi-national publishers attempting to control copyright, we need to know the applicable laws, and perhaps push for European – or even global – laws governing the dissemination of publicly funded research. Open Access and Creative Commons licensing will not resolve all the differences in national legal systems. EAA, through its cooperative efforts and Europe-wide scope, is positioned to offer guidance and contribute to policies as they develop. We need our membership to offer thoughts and experiences that the EAA can use to address OA in European heritage policies. You can send comments to TEA, or comment directly on the Debate page on the EAA website.
In addition to matters concerning EAA governance and the upcoming 23rd Annual Meetings, this issue also contains several announcements, research, and a tribute to Bernhard Hänsel.
Please send us your debates, research updates and conference announcements for the next issue, Autumn/Fall 2017, by 15 October 2017 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Katharina Rebay-Salisbury and Roderick B. Salisbury