General news

Past general news can be found in the archive.

Session «Faith – Heresy – Magic – Manifestations of deviant beliefs and magical practices in the material culture of Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages» from 22 to 23 september 2020

Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
Christian-Albrechts-Platz 4
24118 Kiel

The recording of beliefs beyond official Christian doctrines and confessions has a long tradition in the various disciplines dealing with Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages. A key question is whether and how such notions of conflicting religious currents or of ‹lived religion› are reflected in material culture. In addition, there are manifestations of magical practices that play a major role outside the actual sphere of religious practice. Their manifold traces are moving increasingly into the focus of archaeology. It is often difficult to separate them by definition: What is faith, what is superstition, and what is magic? Where are the dividing lines between the various competing Christian confessions? How much paganism is there in magic? The basic assumption in early historic archaeology that objects with a certain decoration could per se say something about the beliefs of their owners is increasingly being questioned. The reconstruction of religious and magical practices is difficult in view of the few, often distorted written sources.

This year’s meeting of the study group Late Antiquity, Early Middle Ages (AGSFM), and the study group Christian Archaeology (AGCA) on 22nd and 23rd September 2020 in Kiel on the topic of «Faith – Heresy – Magic – Manifestations of deviant beliefs and magical practices in the material culture of Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages» will examine these various questions.

Information: Deutscher Verband für Archäologie

Kiel, Blick auf den Christian-Albrechts-Platz mit Uni-Hochhaus und weiteren Gebäuden
Kiel, Blick auf den Christian-Albrechts-Platz mit Uni-Hochhaus und weiteren Gebäuden. Photo credits: © 2019 Marvin Radke (CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia).

DIGIARCH2021 «Cultural heritage in the digital age» from 24 to 25 march 2021

Limmatstrasse 118
8005 Zürich

The digital age has long since dawned in the field of cultural heritage management. The aim of the conference is to reflect on our perception, application and handling of the possibilities of digitalised or digital cultural heritage. In 2020, it brings together archaeology, monument conservation and other areas of cultural heritage and is jointly organised by formation continue NIKE I BAK I ICOMOS, the Network Archaeology Switzerland and the Office for Spatial Development of the Canton of Zurich.

Programme: Keynote speech, panel discussion, three content sessions with short lectures, presentations and interactive modules, with simultaneous translation (D, F) Participation fee: CHF 150.–

Information: www.digiar.ch

Zürich, Limmathaus
Zürich, Limmathaus. Photo credits: © 2009 Micha L. Rieser (Wikimedia).

The 9th Joint Meeting of Nomisma.org and ECFN from 13 to 17 april 2021

Arheološki park Viminacium
12208 Stari Kostolac BB

Provisional timetable

  • Tuesday 21st: Evening Reception at the National Museum Belgrade
  • Wednesday 22nd: Excursion to Golubac fortress, Lepenski Vir and the Tabula Traiana, transfer to Viminacium
  • Thursday 23rd: Viminacium – Registration, ECFN papers, site visit to the Archeological Park Viminacium
  • Friday 24th: Viminacium – ECFN papers
  • Saturday 25th: Viminacium – Nomisma.org sessions

Information: The European Coin Find Network

Kostolac, Viminacium, Museum
Kostolac, Viminacium, Museum. Photo credits: © 2014 Dzumba54n (CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia).

NAS Conference 2021 «Experimental Archaeology» from 17 to 18 june 2021 in Solothurn

Experimental archaeology in research, crafts and education is a link between practice and theory. It contributes to new findings in archaeology, making them tangible and lively. The conference organisers would like to bring together experts from the various fields, present a comprehensive overview of the current state of experimental archaeology and its possibilities, and look to the future.

We are looking for contributions for the following three topic blocks:

  • Research and Analysis (presentations of 30 minutes each): Scientific experiments as a contribution to research and as part of archaeological evaluations.
  • Handicrafts (demonstrations, illustrations and, to a limited extent, the possibility of practical demonstrations, 4–5 islands of works in one room): Prehistoric and historical handicraft techniques, replica production and experiments.
  • Mediation (workshops with moderation): discussion and joint debate on the topics production and use of life images, use of replicas in mediation, and «Hands on». Suggestions for further topics are gladly accepted.

You are invited and invited to suggest your contribution to the conference or to draw our attention to people who have interesting things to say about the individual topics. Please send a title with a short description until 28. February 28, 2020 to hc.ziewhcs-eigoloeahcra@nnamreiht.nelle. We look forward to receiving numerous suggestions from a wide variety of eras and fields. The organisers will decide on the inclusion in the programme by June 2020.

Information: Swiss Archaeological Network

Solothurn, Blick auf die Altstadt
Solothurn, Blick auf die Altstadt. Photo credits: © 2007 Ch-info.ch (CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia).

Workshop «Digital Humanities – Numismatics and neighbouring areas: Concepts, questions, experiences»

Altes Amtshaus
Amtshausgasse 7
4410 Liestal

International numismatics is currently developing a great deal of dynamism with regard to digital projects in the context of «Digital Humanities». Many projects and data portals, especially in the environment of nomisma.org, develop normative data, concepts and data standards in connection with meta-databases. Above all, the standards data and concepts unify and facilitate the work with large amounts of data of diverse origins and provide a common «ontology».

These projects also reach Switzerland and are linked to coin cabinets, archaeological services or the inventory of Swiss coins found in Switzerland. At the same time, competence centres for digital humanities are being established at universities; basic research companies within and outside the SAGW are developing their own portals (e.g. Histhub) in order to develop and bundle digital resources and ontologies. The workshop attempts for the first time to present such endeavours, insofar as they may be of methodological or content-related interest to archaeological numismatics, and to promote the exchange of concepts and experiences.

This also raises the question of what the yield of these new ontologies and meta-databases can be for numismatic research. Will new subject areas emerge or will the mass of what is already known simply be made more accessible? What kind of experiences are made when ontologies have to be developed across disciplinary boundaries? Which questions can we formulate differently with structured data than before? How must the concepts be defined so that they not only reflect the state of research but also create scientific added value?

Information: Archäologie Schweiz

Liestal, Kantonsarchäologie
Liestal, Kantonsarchäologie. Photo credits: © 2013 GoogleMaps.