Session: #273

Theme & Session Format

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

Title & Content

Preventive Archaeology in the post-Malta Age: the Challenges to Be Faced
EAA and the Malta Convention are almost contemporary, not by chance. Products of the same political and cultural context that has produced, among other things, undoubted progress on the level of professionalization of our discipline. At the same time, however, many problems still remain both as regards the archaeological activity on the field, the quality of scientific research, the working conditions of those who practice it, and for what concerns new challenges to the preservation of the archaeological heritage, starting from climate change.
On the side of cultural policies, the need for citizens' participation, not simply passive, to the activities of preventive archeology, is now unavoidable.
Finally it should be noted that in an increasing number of countries archaeologists are confined to a marginal role in the process of territorial planning.
In the session, starting from the results of the analogous sessions held in the previous EAA conferences, we will try to identify what tools can be used to face these challenges. And at the same time how the EAA can be involved in this process. In this way the Association could become the protagonist of an innovative process of cultural elaboration based on the collective intelligence of its members, its communities and task forces, including, first of all, the EAA Community for Organisation and Legislation.
Preventive archaeology, Malta Convention, EAA Committee for Organisation&Legislation
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EAA Community for Organisation and Legislation


Main organiser:
Maria Pia Guermandi (Italy) 1
Jean-Paul Demoule (France) 2,3
1. Istituto Beni Culturali della Regione Emilia Romagna, Italy
2. Institut Universitaire de France & Université de Paris I Professeur émérite de Protohistoire européenne
3. Ancien président de l’INRAP