Session: #17

Theme & Session Format

Archaeological theory and methods beyond paradigms
Session format:
Round table (only list of confirmed discussants(session co-organizers)

Title & Content

Medieval Archaeology in Europe today
The position of Medieval Archaeology at universitary archaeology departments in Europe is currently not as flourishing as it used to be 20 years ago. After a rise during the 80's and mainly the 90's, when medieval archaeology became a full-fledged subdiscipline of archaeology with everything this entails in terms of approaches, finalities, questions, methods, and developments, the situation has deteriorated. In this round table we want to show the results of a small questionaire about the situation of medieval archaeology in Europe and North America. The situation is different from country to country. On the one hand the situation of medieval archaeology s still strong in UK, Scandinavia, the Low Countries, but it has weakened a lot in important countries such as Germany, France and Spain. On the other had, Medieval Archaeology seems to be on the rise in eastern Europe. We want to discuss these results with colleagues from all over Europe, discuss the causes of the difficulties, opportunities, projects and more. we will enlighten you about the 'medieval manifesto' which is an initiative of MERC to define medieval archaeology in the 21st century.
medieval archaeology, discussion, meeting
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Main organiser:
Dries Tys (Belgium) 1
Carlo Citter (Italy) 2
1. Vrije Universiteit Brussel
2. Siena University