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CALL. 15.03.2017 [PANEL 3 at EAA Maastricht 2017] Developing professional standards for archaeologi




LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: MECC Maastricht (Maastricht, Netherlands)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Katharina Möller (Bangor University). Co-Organisers: Teresita Majewski ( Ph.D., RPA, FSA, Statistical Research, Inc., Arizona); Edoardo Bedin ( Independent Researcher, London)

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This session, jointly supported by the Committee on the Teaching and Training of Archaeologists and the Professional Associations in Archaeology Committee, will work towards developing professional standards for archaeological fieldwork training. It follows on from a session on archaeological field schools and the EAA’s CTTA’s Round Table on fieldwork training at EAA 2016 Vilnius. Both these sessions highlighted that there are significant differences in virtually all aspects related to archaeological fieldwork training, both within and across countries, institutions, and degree programmes even at the same institution. While both CIfA and RPA are providing professional accreditation of fieldwork training, only a few field schools and training courses have been accredited as of yet. The variability of what is on offer in terms of fieldwork training, however, raises considerable questions of how students (or as they are increasingly seen, customers) can assure themselves that what they are signing up for is both living up to professional standards and will provide them with the skills needed (or, indeed, value for money). At the same time, future employers have no way (other than word of mouth) of assessing whether prospective employees received sufficient training in fieldwork to prepare them for a professional career, or whether they need to be trained by their future employers from scratch. This session will bring together papers from the professional institutes about their field school accreditation programmes, best practice papers, and papers critically assessing the difficulties resulting from the currently very patchy and uneven provision.

Session Format:papers, max. 15 minutes each. Deadline: 15th of March 2017

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