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NEARCH and ADS looking forward to Day of Archaeology 2015!

ADS LogoOk wait, isn’t this Day of Archaeology 2014? It’s time to think about 2015 already?!

Yes!…and 2016, 2017 and 2018, as the New Scenarios for a Community-involved Archaeology (NEARCH) project prepares to work with the Day of Archaeology from next year. NEARCH follows on from the ACE project, which aimed to promote contemporary archaeology at a European level, by emphasising its cultural, scientific, and economic dimensions, including its manifold interest for the wider public. Conducted by the French National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research (Inrap), the NEARCH project, supported by the European Commission Culture programme, is a European-wide cooperation network of 14 partners from 10 countries willing to explore these changes and their consequences. More specifically, NEARCH aims to study the different dimensions of public participation in archaeology today, and to propose new ways of working and cooperating in a profession strongly concerned by the current economic crisis.

The main themes of the NEARCH project are:

A. Archaeology for the community: informing and involving people
B. Archaeology and the imaginary: crossroads between science and art
C. Archaeology and knowledge: teaching and sharing information
D. Archaeology in a changing economy: towards sustainability
E. European archaeology and the world: dependencies and mutual development

The NEARCH project is delighted to be joining forces with the Day of Archaeology, and while this work technically falls under theme A, it has relevance across every theme. ADS is coordinating the collaboration, and we are currently discussing how best to work together. Broadly though, the first year will likely entail working across our collective networks to ensure greater participation from archaeologists across Europe, and providing translations for the ‘How to take part’ sections of the website, so that more people can post in their native language if they so choose. In the following years we hope to also explore creative ways for people across Europe to use the site.

Looking forward to next year!

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The NEARCH project has been funded with the support of the European Commission.

Photo above titled: From fragments to pixels: digital representation of a tomb painting of the 4th century BC, Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece by Pierre Buch © Buch Edition. From the ACE Portal for Publications and Outputs.

Finding Neanderthals in France, article reviews, and conference planning.

My last post for the Day of Archaeology is a mix of writing about another Postdoc project I am hoping to work on (and the process of shaping your research career), as well as describing other typical activities that researchers get done over a day.

I spent most of today working on a Postdoc application with a deadline looming alarmingly close. I’ve been busy writing a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship application, which has to be submitted on 11th August.  This is basically a European-wide competition for a two year research position, where you must move outside your normal country of residence. It’s up to you to find a research team at a European lab, propose a project to them, and get the go-ahead to apply for the funding from the central European Commission for Research and Innovation, which for early career researchers is called ‘Marie Curie’ Actions after the renowned scientist. These brilliant fellowships are aimed at supporting young researchers by training them in new skills within different research communities, and helping Europe as a whole become a more vibrant competitive research community.

As I’ve discovered over the past few years, perhaps the most important thing you can do to help your research career (apart from publish, publish, publish!), is to get out and meet people. Go to conferences, talk to colleagues, attend workshops, and take the opportunity to network whenever it presents itself. All the projects I am currently involved in have happened this way, by meeting people outside of the Universities where I did my degrees.

With colleagues at the CAHO conference: Dr John McNabb, Dr Thora Moutsiou and Dr Nick Taylor