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New EAA Communities co-founded by ZBSA members

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On their annual meetings that are held at changing places in Europe, the EAA (European Association of Archaeologists) brings together numerous archaeologists from all different fields of the discipline. These international conferences are a fixed date in the annual calendar of many members of the ZBSA – they regularly give talks and organise sessions about selected archaeological topics. Under the umbrella of the EAA, scientists can form networks, so-called communities, that dedicate their research to specific archaeological phenomena and that unite and promote this research by their activities. Communities elect a chair for 3 years, meet at the annual EAA meetings, organise joint sessions in this context, and encourage the networking of expert scientists in the specific field.

Further information:
https://www.e-a-a.org/About/About_EAA/EAA_Communities/EAA/Navigation_Communities/EAA_communities_intro.aspx

One of these communities is the “Medieval Europe Research Community“ (MERC). As succeeding entity of the congresses “Medieval Europe“ (1992–2007), MERC has been a community under the EAA umbrella since 2012. The community serves as contact point for existing societies and scientists. Its aim is to promote European research in the field of Medieval archaeology. Besides sessions on topics of Medieval archaeology, the annual MERC forum and the MERC reception take place at the annual EAA meetings. Sven Kalmring from ZBSA has been a member of the Committee Board of MERC since 2016.

In 2018 two further communities were founded with the involvement of members of the ZBSA. Existing activities of the ZBSA are strengthened and our international collaborations are consolidated by these.

Firstly, Sonja B. Grimm from ZBSA founded in collaboration with Natasha Reynolds (UMR 5199 PACEA, Université de Bordeaux) a community for Palaeolithic and Mesolithic archaeology (PaM). PaM aims to give space to Palaeolithic and Mesolithic research at the EAA annual meetings to make them more visible and at the same time make the EAA better known among researchers working on these periods. These aims are already achieved: In less than half a year PaM has grown to be the EAA community with most members and at the next conference in Bern in September PaM will advertise 13 sessions of which three are organised with the involvement of ZBSA members:

Session #213 (D. Visentin, F. Fontana, S. B. Grimm)
HUMANS BEYOND ARROWHEADS. QUESTIONING THE INTERPRETATIVE VALUE OF ARROWHEADS AND OTHER TOOLS FOR RECONSTRUCTING PEOPLE IDENTITIES IN PREHISTORIC SOCIETIES

Session #310 (H. Lübke, S. Koivisto, V. Bērziņš)
THE IMPORTANCE OF FISHING FOR CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT IN THE EARLY AND MID HOLOCENE IN NORTHERN EUROPE

Session #344 (S. B. Grimm, A. Arrizabalaga, D. Groß)
STUMBLING BLOCK OR COMMON GROUND? THE QUESTION OF STANDARDISATION OF PALAEOLITHIC AND MESOLITHIC LITHIC ANALYSIS

Further information:
https://www.e-a-a.org/EAA/Navigation_Communities/Palaeolithic_and_Mesolithic_Community.aspx
https://eaapalaeomesocommunity.wordpress.com/

Based on the intensive research on Baltic hill forts within the project “Forschungskontinuität und Kontinuitätsforschung” (research continuity and continuity research) of the Mainz Academy of Sciences that was conducted as a joint venture with the ZBSA and the Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte Berlin, Timo Ibsen (ZBSA) in collaboration with Sebastian Messal (DAI Berlin) and Lennart Linde (Uni Frankfurt) founded the “Community on Fortification Research” (COMFORT). Their aim is to establish a European network of scientist that focus on research of fortifications. The COMFORT community is organising the following session at the EAA meeting in Bern:

Session #302 (T. Ibsen, S. Messal, J. Jarockis)
INSIGHTS INTO THE INSIDE. THE CONSTRUCTION OF RAMPARTS AND RELATED
QUESTIONS ABOUT A KEY ELEMENT OF PREHISTORIC FORTIFICATIONS.

Further information:
https://www.e-a-a.org/EAA/Communities/Community_on_Fortification_Research/EAA/Navigation_Communities/Community_on_Fortification_Research.aspx

Link to the scientific programme of the EAA annual meeting in Bern 2019:
https://www.e-a-a.org/EAA2019/Programme.aspx?WebsiteKey=92bb0c7f-79c0-4998-9804-b5db83f9a8b9&hkey=48f0a584-1ae8-4680-bcef-572c6fe82598&Program=3#Program

Abstract submission for sessions at the EAA annual meeting in Bern 2019:
https://submissions.e-a-a.org/eaa2019/

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