Discover Sicily’s Argimusco – a Holistic Approach to Heritage Management

25 -28 October 2018: 2018 ICOMOS-ICAHM Annual Meeting - Discover Sicily’s Argimusco - a Holistic Approach to Heritage Management, Montalbano Elicona, Sicily, Italy


In the European Year of Cultural Heritage, the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee for Archaeological Heritage Management (ICAHM) is happy to announce that the 2018 ICAHM Annual Meeting will take place in the spectacular Medieval castle of Montalbano Elicona in cooperation with the Municipality of Montalbano Elicona and under the patronage of ICOMOS Italy.

The Meeting will focus on the need to develop a holistic and integrated approach to heritage management, with six key themes at the heart of current debates:
  • Community Engagement - Session Committee: Alicia Castillo Mena, Adrian Oliver, Margaret Gowen-Larsen
  • Climate Change - Session Committee: Will Megarry, John Peterson, Anne Jensen, Margaret Comer
  • Heritage Tourism - Session Committee: Sebastiano Tusa, Ray Bondin, Valerie Higgins, Marc Kocken, Cynthia Dunning
  • Non-Invasive Technologies -Session Committee: Will Megarry, Till Sonnemann, Friedrich Lüth
  • Archaeoastronomy - Session Committee: Andrea Orlando, Antonio Belmonte, Cesar Garcia
  • Continuing the Africa Initiative - Session Committee: Douglas Comer, Sam Makuvaza, John Peterson
We are offering the possibility of a pre-conference Fieldwork Day on 24 October enabling a maximum of thirty persons to have a preview of the Argimusco site and to help to gather more information from the megalith site on which very few studies have been made. During this day experts will gather at Argimusco to demonstrate and test a range of non-invasive remote sensing techniques used in archaeological investigations or assessments. The data that will be collected on that day and in the preceding few days for demonstration on the Fieldwork Day will be extremely valuable for mapping Argimusco and further research and development of the site.

Important conference dates: For more information about the Meeting please visit the conference website:

We hope to welcome you in Montalbano Elicona in October!

The Organizing Committee 
John Peterson, Ray Bondin, Annemarie Willems, Filippo Taranto, Erminia De Fracesco, Andrea Orlando


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Safeguarding the Values of the European Cultural Heritage

Athens, 14–15 September 2018

We kindly remind you that ICOMOS Hellenic is organizing an international conference to celebrate the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 and the International Day for Monuments and Sites. The theme of the conference is “Safeguarding the Values of European Cultural Heritage” and it will be held in Athens in September 14th-15th 2018.

The aim of the conference is to share opinions and acquired knowledge between experts regarding the preservation of the cultural and historical value of European heritage, to answer questions about the preservation of Europe’s historical cities, archaeological sites, natural landscapes and integrated aspects of intangible heritage, and to discuss principles and policies for their sustainable management. Within this framework, representatives of ICOMOS national and scientific committees, as well as experts of public and private cultural institutions and organizations, are invited to share their views and experience on the protection and communication of the common, yet diverse, cultural heritage of Europe, especially in view of the current political, social and economic challenges.

The conference will be organized according the following thematic sections:
  1. Folktales, myths and traditions: The integrated intangible aspect of European cultural monuments and sites.
  2. European Cultural Heritage and Sustainability: Initiatives and best practices.
  3. Digital Documentation Technologies in the Service of Preserving European Cultural Heritage.
  4. Young Professionals, the “heirs” of European heritage: Challenges and Perspectives.
  5. Local Communities and the Social Dimensions of European Heritage.
  6. Risks and Mitigation Strategies in all types of Cultural Heritage.
The sessions will take place in the first day of the conference. During the second day there will be an excursion organized by ICOMOS Hellenic to Eleusis, a city located 20 km from Athens, which will include a guided tour to the archaeological site and a venue hosted by the mayor of the city. Eleusis, which is known for its antiquities and modern industrial history, has been named European Capital of Culture for the year 2021. Hotel and travel expenses will be covered by the attendants.

On behalf of ICOMOS Hellenic we would like to invite you to participate in the conference with a short presentation within the concept of the above mentioned thematic sections. If you are interested please submit (e-mail:, at your earliest convenience and if possible no later than May 15th, your presentation proposal in order for us to draft the program of the conference before June.

On behalf of the ICOMOS Hellenic National Committee
Dr. Athanasios Nakasis & Dr. Elena Korka

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Grave Matters: Interpreting objects and death in later prehistoric Europe

Manchester, 29 June 2018

The Grave Goods project (funded by the AHRC) is pleased to announce a day conference on ‘Grave Matters: interpreting objects and death in later prehistoric Europe’. This will take place on Friday 29 June 2018 at the University of Manchester. Speakers include: Joanna Brück, Harry Fokkens, David Fontijn, Daniela Hofmann, Laurent Olivier, Katherina Rebay-Salisbury and Alison Sheridan, along with the project team.

The project aims to interrogate empirically the meaning of grave goods, focusing particularly on the performative character of mortuary practices and the relationships between people and things. It will also bring to fore small, intimate items that have previously been overlooked, to complement the rich and diverse material from prehistoric Britain and the near Continent. The conference aims to attract a range of academics, students and field practitioners, creating a dynamic, discursive forum in which to share novel approaches and interpretive ideas.

If you have any further queries please contact Dr Anwen Cooper, University of Manchester

Book £25 tickets for the event here:

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European cultural heritage summit 2018

Sharing Heritage - Sharing Values

Berlin, 18-24 June
The European Cultural Heritage Summit will take place from 18-24 June 2018 in Berlin, Germany. This Summit, with the motto “Sharing Heritage – Sharing Values”, has been recognised by the European Union as one of the key public events of the European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH) and will be supported by the EU’s Creative Europe programme.

The European Cultural Heritage Summit will be co-hosted by Europa Nostra, the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, SPK) and the German Cultural Heritage Committee (DNK), acting as national coordinator of the EYCH in Germany.

The Summit will engage and mobilise a wide range of stakeholders, public and private, for an ambitious European Cultural Heritage Agenda. The Summit will be attended by highest representatives of EU Institutions, Member States and civil society organisations from all over Europe.

The main events will be held by the Summit’s hosts on 21-22 June. Additional events will be organised by European and German partner organisations on 18-20 June and/or 23-24 June.

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CfP: Communicating the Past in the Digital Age – Digital methods for teaching and learning in Archaeology

12-13th of October 2018

CoDArchLab, Institute of Archaeology, University of Cologne, Germany

This two-day international symposium aims to bring together scholars that use and develop digital tools and methods for communicating archaeological information to students, peers and the public.

Digital methods have increasingly pervaded every aspect of archaeological knowledge production. University courses on 3D modelling, computer simulation, or Serious Games (to name just a few), which until a few years ago were considered niche, are gradually included in archaeology curricula. The workshop aims to encourage discussion on the potential, problems and challenges of using digital methods for teaching and learning in archaeology. In what ways new technologies facilitate, enhance or disrupt the learning process? How could 3D, interactive and multi-sensory applications be best used to encourage novel and creative approaches to the interpretation of material culture in and out of the classroom? How could we best tap the added value and communicative potential of digital tools for teaching and learning? - Travel expenses for those presenting a paper at the symposium will normally be covered. Prospective participants should submit a 500-word abstract in English by 30 of June. For more information - and the Call for Papers - please visit

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CfP: Circum-Baltic Interaction in the Bronze Age (CIBA)

International Conference, Hamburg, 23.-24. 11. 2018

The Bronze Age is a time of increasing interaction. Some parts of it are very well explored, and for some regions very strong narratives of hierarchisation, dependence on external raw material supplies, and specialisation have been proposed. In other regions, however, only some of these aspects appear (or indeed none of them), even though we can assume that networks of contact would at least have been possible. This is for example the case in the Baltic region, where western and eastern areas show dramatic differences in subsistence, the amounts of metal produced and deposited (and therefore presumably the social role of metal), the settlement pattern and scale of social groups. A particularly interesting question is the intensity of culture contact of the eastern Baltic across the sea with Scandinavia and with directly neighbouring continental regions.

These are the themes our conference would like to address, focusing in particular on:
  • Settlement and economy (e.g. what are settlement structures like across the region; how resilient are societies towards climate change; what kinds of social formations existed)
  • Material culture and knowledge transfer (e.g. how diverse is material culture and what does this mean; what is the role of specific materials such as metal or amber; was there an individualising kind of hierarchy)
  • Boundary creation and patterns of interaction (e.g. were these societies part of a kind of globalisation; how and under what circumstances did societies change; what role did individual and group mobility play and was it always peaceful)
More detailed information can be downloaded here:

Date and Venue
The conference will be held on 23th-24th November 2018 in the Institute for Pre- and Protohistoric Archaeology (Institut für Vor- und Frühgeschichtliche Archäologie) at the Universität Hamburg, Edmund-Siemers-Allee 1, West; 20146 Hamburg, Germany.

Participation and abstract submission
Please send an abstract of no more than 300 words to the organisers by the extended deadline: 30th June 2018. We accept posters, short presentations of a site or region, or longer interpretive lectures; please indicate what kind of format your contribution will take. We also particularly encourage early-career researchers to submit a proposal.

Local organizers and contact
Prof. Dr. Frank Nikulka (
Jun.-Prof. PhD Daniela Hofmann (
Dr. Robert Schumann (

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The Caucasus: Bridge between the urban centres in Mesopotamia and the Pontic steppes in the 4th and 3rd millennium BCE

The transfer of knowledge and technologies between East and West in the Bronze Age
November 28th – December 1st 2018
Frankfurt am Main

In October 2018, Georgia will be guest of honour at the Frankfurt book fair. Against this background the Archaeological Museum Frankfurt is preparing the exhibition “Gold and wine. Georgia’s oldest treasures” with a great number of spectacular finds on display for the first time in Germany.

The accompanying conference – which will be held in the Archaeological Museum Frankfurt and which is organized by the Museum in cooperation with the Eurasia Department of the German Archaeological Institute (DAI) – deals with one major aspect of the exhibition: the development of the Caucasus region in the 4th and early 3rd millennium BCE, which was then the centre of the first globalization. The 4th millennium BCE was marked by an unusually large number of innovations that partly still carry importance today. Only to mention a few, these novelties included the wheel and wagon, alloying of copper, lost-wax casting, the extraction of silver through cupellation, the potter’s wheel, the breeding of sheep to obtain wool, the domestication of donkey and horse, the cultivation of olives and wine, writing, the administration of goods by using seals, the construction of cities, and the birth of states. Hence the amount of innovations in the 4th millennium BCE reached a hitherto unknown scale and each one of those innovations led to considerable economic, social and cultural change. Moreover, they shaped societies and even the bodies of men. The latter became drivers, horsemen, warriors, all through intensive training, or developed writing and reading skills. What we are today is rooted in the 4th millennium BCE.

The Caucasus is the focal point for our understanding of the transfer of these innovations from Mesopotamia to Europe. Although in recent times we have gained new chronological dates, a new concept for determining cultural developments and supra-regional connections during the 4th and early 3rd millennium BCE is still missing. The conference will thus make major contributions to this field of research, bringing together specialists from both sides of the Caucasus to work out new results.

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Genes, Isotopes and Artefacts: how should we interpret the movements of people throughout Bronze Age Europe?

Date: Thursday 13th December 2018 – Friday 14th December 2018
Venue: Austrian Academy of Sciences, Theatersaal, Sonnenfelsgasse 19, 1010 Vienna, Austria
Conference organisers: Benjamin Roberts, Claudio Cavazzuti (Department of Archaeology, Durham University), Katharina Rebay-Salisbury (OREA, Austrian Academy of Sciences)

This conference arises from the recent and rapid advances in genomic, isotope and archaeological research that have provided complex, but frequently contradictory, perspectives on human mobility across Bronze Age Europe (2200–800 BC). Human mobility in European prehistory has traditionally been identified through artefacts rather than people. Interpretations of movement have frequently drawn upon distribution maps of artefact types across the continent or changes in recurring artefact assemblages in graves and settlements that underpin archaeological cultures. Post-modern sociological and anthropological theories on human mobility have inspired new theoretical foundations in which archaeologists understand movement by focussing on “routes instead of roots”.

Recent technological developments in genomic sequencing and isotope analysis on teeth/bones have meant that debates concerning mobility have now shifted to direct evidence from humans (and animals). In addition, scientific developments in archaeological materials have enabled new perspectives on production and trade. Network analyses, which draw upon these and other new avenues of data, are starting to transform the Bronze Age map from a mosaic of static archaeological cultures to a mobile world of inter-dependent polities.

The aim of the conference is to identify the different scales, patterns and societal impacts of mobility throughout Europe. This international event will bring together leading scholars from all parts of the continent and research fields tackling similar problems with different methods rooted in the humanities and natural sciences. As an inter-disciplinary forum, this event will provide room for networking and discussions to lay the theoretical and methodological foundations for future scientific advancement.

Participants include Morten Erik Allentoft, Andrea Cardarelli, Claudio Cavazzuti, Edward Caswell, Peter Clark, Karin Margarita Frei, Catherine Frieman, Mario Gavranović, Jelena Grujić, Wolfgang Haak, Johannes Krause, Anthony Harding, Barbara Horejs, Reinhard Jung, Viktória Kiss, Corina Knipper, John Koch, Kristian Kristiansen, Gabriella Kulcsár, Anne Lehoërff, Andrew Millard, Janet Montgomery, Ron Pinhasi, Miljana Radivojević, Katharina Rebay-Salisbury, David Reich, Martin Sikora, Philipp Stockhammer, Benjamin Roberts, Natalia Shishlina, Robin Skeates and Marc Vander Linden.

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