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27th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists

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The 27th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists will be held online from 8-11 September 2021.


The Annual Meeting themes, as defined by the Scientific Committee, incorporate the diversity of EAA and the multidimensionality of archaeological practice, including archaeological interpretation, heritage management and politics of the past and present.

1. Widening horizons through human-environment interconnections
2. Pandemics and climate change: responses to global challenges
3. The new normality of heritage management and museums in post-Covid times
4. Globalisation and archaeology
5. Assembling archaeological theory and the archaeological sciences
6. Material culture studies and societies
7. From global to local: Baltic-Pontic studies

Access the expanded theme descriptions here.


Access the most up to date listing of deadlines here.

Abstracts and posters

Submit abstracts and posters by 26 February 2021. All details.


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PAGES' LandCover6k working group session

#278: Systemic Approaches to Agricultural and Land Use Change in Prehistoric Societies
Conveners: Nicki Whitehouse and Antolin Ferrin

(Theme 1: Widening horizons through human-environment interconnections)

Farming practices are embedded within a complex and inter-dependant system that involves crops and livestock and their management, soils, the environment and climate, as well as social and land-use dynamics. Changes in agricultural practices are therefore never simple or easy to track, but archaeobotanical and archaeozoological data generated over the past few decades informs us that they took place, sometimes at a very broad scale.

The question we would like to address in this session is: what drove agricultural changes and innovations in prehistory, when farming practices were mostly locally rooted and depended largely on household level decision-making and what were their social and ecological consequences?
Archaeology has the ability to tackle this complex network of processes and consequences by interlinking multiple proxies that can be evaluated independently, combined and contrasted with multiple sources of information.

This session welcomes papers that deal with all types of archaeological proxies that are combined with data on agricultural dynamics at the local, regional or supra-regional scale to understand the scale of agricultural change, innovation and productivity, as well as the effects on social and ecological systems, including land cover and land use change. We particularly welcome multi-proxy and systemic approaches to the understanding of agricultural decision-making in the past.

This session is supported by the AgriChange Project (, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (PP00P1_170515) and the LandUse6k subgroup of the LandCover6k working group of PAGES (