The “History of archaeology” commission of the International Union for Prehistoric and Protohistoric Sciences (IUPPS)

In 1865 the first international organization for prehistoric archaeology was founded in La Spezia (Italy) as the Congrès international d’anthropologie et d’archéologie préhistorique (CIAAP). It was active until the First World War, when it was dissolved due to the rivalries between nations. A new organization was created in 1931, in Bern, to continue this international effort, the “International Union for Prehistoric and Protohistoric Sciences” (IUPPS). Since then, it groups together all the sciences related to prehistoric and protohistoric studies: archaeology, anthropology, palaeontology, geology, zoology, botany, environmental sciences, physics, chemistry, geography, history, numismatics, epigraphy, mathematics and other.
Research into the mechanisms of adaption and the dynamics of human societies lies at the heart of the IUPPS’s scientific interest. The IUPPS therefore periodically organises a world congress of prehistoric and protohistoric sciences and creates scientific commissions devoted to specific research issues.
One of these commissions is devoted to the History of Archaeology.

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CfP: Workshop “History of Prehistory in Palestine – Israel”, October 25th – 26th, 2022

Workshop organized by the Institute of Archaeology, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel, funded by the Bina and Moshe Stekelis Fund for Prehistoric Research and with the collaboration of the CRFJ. Workshop organizers: Chloe Rosner & Sveta Matskevich

Abstract

The history of archaeology in Palestine and Israel has been the object of numerous research projects and publications over the past fifty years. Scholars from various disciplines observed from historical, anthropological, archaeological perspectives the establishment and development of archaeology on local, regional, and sometimes global scales. Lately, a more systematic use of archives deepened our understanding of the multiple institutions and actors (offering greater visibility to local figures) involved in the practice of archaeology and knowledge it produces, therefore renewing this field of research.

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New publication: New Advances in the History of Archaeology

The proceedings of the historical sessions of the 18th IUPPS World Congress have been recently published in open access by Archaeopress. Edited by Sophie A. de Beaune, Alessandro Guidi, Oscar Moro Abadía, Massimo Tarantini, the volume New Advances in the History of Archaeology contains 15 contributions and is divided into three sections entitled:

  • From Stratigraphy to Stratigraphic Excavation in Pre- and Protohistoric Archaeology
  • Epistemology, History and Philosophy of Science: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the History of Archaeology
  • Archaeology and interdisciplinarity, from the 19th century to present-day research.

Authors

Sophie A. de Beaune, Catriona Brogan, Massimo Cultraro, Alessandro Guidi, Shumon T. Hussain, Georgia Kourtessi-Philippakis, Rémi Labrusse, Caroline Malone, T. Rowan McLaughlin, Oscar Moro Abadía, Federico Nomi, Olivier Notter, Eóin Parkinson, Aurora Pețan, Sébastien Plutniak, Gianna Reginelli Servais, Elena Rossoni-Notter, Patrick Simon, Suzanne Simone, Simon Stoddart, Massimo Tarantini, Marcelo J. Toledo, Sebastiano Tusa, Giorgos Vavouranakis, Marzena Woźny.

Reference

New publication: Archäologie und Nation: Kontexte der Erforschung „vaterländischen Alterthums“

Ingo Wiwjorra and Dietrich Hakelberg, member of the IUPPS “History of Archaeology” commission, have recently edited a collection of essays, published under the title Archäologie und Nation: Kontexte der Erforschung „vaterländischen Alterthums“. Zur Geschichte der Archäologie in Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz, 1800 bis 1860. The book is available in open access here, and abstracts in English are provided at the end of the volume and here.

It includes contributions by Wolfgang Adler, Sebastian Brather, Wolfgang Burgdorf, Gabriele B. Clemens, Hubert Fehr, Dietrich Hakelberg, Andreas Hüther, Stephan Karl, Stephan Lehmann, Urs B. Leu, Achim Leube, Brigitta Mader, Fred Mahler, Marianne Pollak, Timo Saalmann, Vladimír Salač, Jens Schulze-Forster, Jasper von Richthofen, Ingo Wiwjorra.

Reference

  • Wiwjorra, Ingo & Hakelberg, Dietrich (eds). Archäologie und Nation: Kontexte der Erforschung „vaterländischen Alterthums“. Zur Geschichte der Archäologie in Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz, 1800 bis 1860. Heidelberg: arthistoricum.net. DOI: 10.11588/arthistoricum.801. ISBN: 978-3-948466-84-8.