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28 October-1 November 2013: Digital Heritage Congress

Fall 2013 will witness the largest international scientific event on digital heritage in history, bringing together hundreds of researchers, educators, scientists, industry professionals and policy makers to debate, discuss and present digital technology applied to the protection, documentation, and understanding of humanity’s shared heritage. The Digital Heritage International Congress will take place from 28 October-1 November 2013 , in Marseille. You can find practical information about the congress on the Digital Heritage website .

The European Commission supports the “NEARCH” project: a major international archaeology programme

In the framework of the “Culture” programme, the European Commission has selected for funding the project “NEARCH – New scenarios for a community-involved archaeology”. At their inaugural meeting on June 20th and 21st 2013, at the Centquatre art centre in Paris, the partners discussed the project’s implementation details, fine-tuning the work program, roles and responsibilities and time schedule.

Opening and inauguration of the Visitors Centre at Tell Balata (historical Shekhem) on June 24, 2013

The opening and inauguration of the Visitors Centre, and the visitors trail on the site, are an important result of the Tell Balata Archaeological Park project that is jointly being implemented by the Palestinian Department of Antiquities and Cultural Heritage, the Faculty of Archaeology of the University of Leiden, and UNESCO, Ramallah Office. The three-years project is financed by the Government of the Netherlands and is in its final stages.

Jan Kolen Director of LDE Center for Global Heritage and Development

Archaeologist Professor Jan Kolen has been appointed Director of the LDE Center for Global Heritage and Development (CGHD) with effect from 1 July 2013. This new inter-university heritage center is due to start in the autumn of 2013 within the framework of the strategic alliance between Leiden University, Delft University of Technology and Erasmus University Rotterdam (LDE).

SAA 2013 Honolulu Hawai

On 4, 5 and 6 April the Faculty presented itself at the Exhibition event of the Annual Meeting of the SAA. Olga Yates and Audrey Aijpassa represented the Faculty with success. During all three days there was a lot of interest from mainly American and Canadian students looking for MA or RMA study opportunities in Europe or even more specific in Leiden. 

UNESCO UNITWIN Underwater Archaeology Network

UNITWIN is the abbreviation for the UNESCO University Twinning and Networking Programme. The UNESCO/UNITWIN Network for Underwater Archaeology Programme was created on 3 September 2012. It aims to build and increase capacity in the participating countries through international cooperation. The first meeting of this newly established network will take place on 16-18 May, 2013 in Kemer near Antalya, Turkey under the lead of the Turkish Selcuk University. For the moment the network joins four universities, it is open for adhesion to appropriate other universities.

CEDLA grant for Mariana Françozo

Mariana Françozo has been awarded a grant by the Cedla Slicher van Bath-de Jong Fund . Her research is titled: Early modern comparative ethnography: The ‘Locke drawings’ collection and the representation of Brazilian native peoples in global perspective (ca.1680-1750) .

Archaeologists criticize hasty World Heritage Listings

The International Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management  (ICAHM) held its first conference in April on how to manage the world’s myriad archaeological World Heritage sites. Prof. dr. Willen J.H. Willems, ICAHM co-president and dean of the Faculty of Archaeology at Leiden University, sharply criticized the way that sites are proposed and awarded World Heritage inscription.

CommonSites is a web-based platform for the heritage sector that promotes sustainable heritage practices around the world. By applying crowd-funding technology, CommonSites makes it possible for heritage communities to find and share knowledge, raise funds and report progress from the field.

Photo exhibition: Discover the Archaeologist

On Januari 12th 2012, the photo exhibition 'Discover the archaeologist' was opened in the Lipsius Building (LAK cafe). Everyone is somehow familiar with archaeology. This familiarity is often based on documentaries, movies and computer games. But what does the job entail, what is it that archaeologists actually do? The photo exhibition ‘discover the archaeologist’ focuses on the work of the archaeologist instead of the objects they discover.   

Tell Balata Campaign 2011

The objectives of the 2011 campaign Tell Balata Archaeological Park are to carry out excavations, promotion and awareness, community involvement, gathering oral histories and educating children. The objectives are described in a handout produced for the opening ceremony on June 21st 2011.

Field School ‘Crossroad of Cultures’ Robben Island South Africa

The Robben Island field school in January and February 2011 investigated and documented the tangible and intangible heritage of Robben Island, encompassing the remains associated with various political prisoners, the Muslim exiles, the lepers and lunatics, the WWII soldiers and Navy personnel, the prison and hospital staff. There was a special focus on the VOC Company’s Gardens and the connection with the maritime and underwater cultural heritage on and around the island.

Leiden Centre for Global Heritage

A Centre for Global Heritage will be set up at Leiden University, that integrates the unique global breadth and quality of academic expertise at the University and the Leiden Museums with the global infrastructure of practical consultancy expertise built up over the past years by the Centre for International Heritage Activities (CIE) and the Faculty of Archaeology (Archol BV).