24th Annual Meeting of the EAA

Reflecting futures

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The EAA Executive Board, the Municipality of Barcelona, and all the institutions representing Catalan archaeology in the Advisory Board are delighted to welcome delegates to the 24th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists in Barcelona (5-8 September 2018). Barcelona has much to offer. It has wonderful, state-of-the art museums and art galleries, it boasts some stunning architecture and it also has many archaeological sites open to the public. The city is also famous for its lively intellectual and popular culture.

The Annual Meeting venue is located in the centre of the city, at the Faculty of Geography and History of the University of Barcelona and the Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona (CCCB), cultural centre just opposite to the Faculty. Excellently situated at the heart of Barcelona, the area is witness to the extraordinary ability of this Mediterranean city to reinvent itself. Urban renewal and modernization sits comfortably side by side with the city's eclectic mix of medieval, 18thC, 19thC and Art Nouveau architecture.

The Barcelona Meeting will celebrate EAA's participation in the European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH) with thought-provoking discussions and exchange of ideas on heritage, material culture, archaeological science, theory and social impact. As a way to encourage debates on archaeological museums and outreach to public, a specific theme will be dedicated to the EYCH. Also, the Annual Meeting in Barcelona will foster discussions that are linked to the sustainability of the city's cultural life, such as the role of heritage in urban renovation and the opportunities for the promotion of civic pride, identity and wider promotion linked to its Mediterranean location in the archaeological past.

Join us in celebrating, cosmopolitan Barcelona for the 2018 EAA Annual Meeting!

by Local Organising Committee: Margarita Díaz-Andreu (ICREA and Universitat de Barcelona), Sandra Montón-Subías (ICREA and Universitat Pompeu Fabra) & Raquel Piqué (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)


The three figures of the logo come from the rock art site of Roca dels Moros del Cogul of Les Garrigues, province of Lleida/Lérida, Catalonia. They are painted in Levantine style and belong to a much larger panel. You can find more information here and here.

The first recording was made by lawyer and advocational archaeologist Ceferí Rocaforti i Sansó (1872-1917) and since then there have been many others (Alonso and Grimal 2007: 83-90). The recording used for the logo was made by Anna Alonso and Alexander Grimal in 2007. This recording was commissioned by the Servei d'Arqueologia i Paleontologia (Service for Archaeology and Paleontology) of the Generalitat de Catalunya (Government of Catalonia) which kindly gave permission to use the three figures selected for the logo. 

The colours chosen for the logo are different shades of blue reflecting the Mediterranean character of Catalonia and also make a link to the Annual Meeting motto. 

You can download the logo here.

Alonso Tejada, A. and Grimal, A. 2007.L'art rupestre del Cogul. Primeres imatges humanes a Catalunya. Lleida: Pagès
Rocafort, C. 1908. Les pintures rupestres de Cogul. Butlletí del Centre Excursionista de Catalunya 158: 65-73

Motto "Reflecting futures"

"Reflecting futures" evokes the Mediterranean Sea, the reflections made by her blue waters. "Reflecting" also denotes the exchanges that at the Annual Meeting will echo, but also take further, previous intellectual debates on the archaeological past. "Futures" because these discussions in Barcelona will impact on the interpretations that will enrich the study of archaeological heritage in the coming years.