24th Annual Meeting of
the European Association of Archaeologists
Barcelona has been an urban
laboratory since the high Medieval Ages. A place of diversity, a
backdrop for a multiplicity of social and cultural processes on multiple scales that reflect different ways of
constructing the future, a city with a long experience of urban life
and social innovations.
From the prehistory of Modernity through to
Upper Modernity, the city space of Barcelona has always reflected the arising
Modern order,. It has also been through phases of subsequent modern disorder, struggles for workers’
rights, modernist social identities, and alternative ways of living.
This is a city that has constantly reinvented itself. The early
industrial era, the periods of strife such as the Tragic Week of 1909
and the May Day of 1937, the Spanish Civil War, the transition to
democracy, the 1992 Olympics, and present day cultural activity all reflect how Barcelona has experienced new ways of reclaiming the city for its citizens. Its history is
reflected in its urban layout, and in the way that it continues to take shape.
Barcelona offers a reflection of our future pasts, much in the way that
archaeology does: our profession embodies an ability to reflect on
how the future comes into existence and how the past influences it. We must also have the power to
prototype the future. Everyone falls in love with Barcelona. One way or
another, this love affair has to do with how the future challenges our
past and our present. Barcelona is a perfect location for holding the 24th
Annual Meeting of the EAA, the ideal setting for an Association that
seeks to continuously develop and change the direction of its ability to reflect the past, in
order to be able to reflect about the future.
by Felipe Criado-Boado (EAA President)