EAC - Europae Archaeologiae Consilium


Heritage Values Network

Research collaboration funded in the framework of the EU Joint Programming Initiative on Cultural Heritage.

The network is designed to start a European cross-disciplinary discussion between heritage practitioners, researchers and policy-makers on “heritage values” through the conduct of three workshops in Eindhoven, Oslo and Barcelona. 



After a short illness prof. Willem Willems passed away on Saturday 13th December.

Willem has been of tremendous importance for archaeology in the Netherlands, Europe and even worldwide. He was the founding President of EAC and one of the initiators of the Council of Europe treaty for the protection of archaeology (Valletta convention).

Besides being an excellent scientist and a true advocate for the interest of archaeological heritage management, Willem was a warm hearted person, true and faithfull in his contacts with his colleagues, students and friends. 

We are all deeply saddened by his parting, but in our mourning, all in EAC should rejoice in the legacy that he left us.

If you wish to express your condolences you can send a message to: inmemoriamwjhwillems@gmail.com

Land Beneath the Waves: Submerged landscapes and sea level change

Press release of the European Marine Board

Further information: European Marine Board

The first issue of the CIPA (International Committee for Documentation of Cultural Heritage) newsletter is available on the website: 

Spring Newsletter 2013 of Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP)


Announcement of new blog: Can you dig it?

The blog provides news and information on a variety of topics to the archaeology and heritage community.

>> Go to 'Can you dig it?'

Amendments in the Latvian law on Protection of Cultural Monuments.

Briefing on the amendment of the Latvian law

New issue of the
Interdisciplinaria Archaeologica -Natural Sciences in Archaeology (IANSA)
Journal is available on-line on

Newsletter of the
Institute for European Environmental Policy (Winter 2013 - vol. 29.)
is available on the following link:

JPI Cultural Heritage - JHEP Opens the Joint Pilot Transnational Call for Proposals:
Funding of Research Projects in Cultural Heritage
Call for Proposals is open from 10 January 2013. Deadline for submission will be April 5, 2013.

Joint statement related to the Proposal of the European Commission COM (2012) 628 final for a DIRECTIVE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL amending Directive 2011/92/EU on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment (EIA).

Deadline for signing the statement is the 31st of January 2013.

The text of the proposal is available on the following link: eur-lex.europa.eu

Conclusions of the EUROMED 2012 conference (www.euromed2012.eu) under the Cypriot EU presidency.

Different sectors of cultural heritage were present at the event: wide range of digital, intangible and tangible aspects. The EU Commissioner Androulla Vassilliou has participated on the meeting presenting the future perspectives for cultural heritage at the EU level.

The Le Notre-network for landscape-architecture and landscape-planning issued a petition to stimulate a new International Landscape Convention.

Read more: Petitioning Landscape Architects,Environmental Scientists, Archeologists, NGOs and ...

A recent study analysing 'The archaeology sector in the Netherlands' is available.

Ruimte voor archeologie

Call for nominations for the European Archaeological Heritage Prize 2012 
Closing date: 1 May 2012 

Forthcoming new Journal: International Journal of Heritage in the Digital Era 

European Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region Newsletter September 2011

The Voice of Cultural Heritage in Europe / La Voix du patrimoine culturel en Europe

It is also available on the website of Europa Nostra: http://www.europanostra.org/newsletter/

ESPON 2013 Programme / Newsletter No 20, 8 July 2011 

Pre-announcement ESPON Calls for Proposals (24/08/2011 - 20/10/2011)
Call for Proposals for four Applied Research Projects, up to five Targeted Analyses, six Scientific Platform/Tools projects and Transnational Networking Activities will open on 24 August 2011
(1) Applied Research projects - the following four themes will be included in the Call: 
1.        European Neighbour Regions 
2.        Small and Medium sized Towns in their Functional Territorial Context 
3.        The territorial dimension of Poverty and Social Exclusion in Europe 
4.        Economic Crises: Resilience of Regions 
(2) Targeted Analyses based on Expressions of Interest by Stakeholders - the Call shall include up to five projects. 
The Monitoring Committee at its meeting on 23 and 24 June 2011 selected the highest ranked eligible Expressions of Interest to form the basis for the project specifications to be included in the Call. The project specifications are currently in elaboration and the themes will be published in August. Only Targeted Analysis for which the agreement process with the Stakeholders has been finalised will be included in the call. 
(3) ESPON Scientific Platform/Tools - the following six themes will be included in the Call: 
1.      ESPON Atlas on European Territorial Structures and Dynamics 
2.      Detecting Territorial Potential and Challenges 
3.      Territorial Evidence Packs for ERDF Programmes 
4.      ESPON Online Mapping Tool 
5.      EU Territorial Monitoring and Reporting 
6.      Territorial Monitoring in a European Macro Region – A test for the Baltic Sea Region 
(4) Transnational Networking Activities by the ESPON Contact Point network
This call is dedicated to the institutions confirmed as national ESPON Contact Points. 
Public and private bodies from 31 countries (EU 27 Member States, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) are invited to apply for these Calls. This means that researchers and research institutions, universities, scientists, experts and academics etc. from these countries can participate as partners in transnational project groups. The Call on Transnational Networking Activities is dedicated to the institutions confirmed as national ESPON Contact Points. 
ESPON Info Day and Partner Café. Brussels, 13 September 2011 – Register now 
In the framework of the upcoming Calls for Proposals, ESPON invites to the Info Day on and Partner Café, which will take place on 13 September 2011 in Brussels. At the event the European Commission and the Polish EU Presidency will present the policy demand behind the need for further ESPON results. Reserve your place! The registration is open

Newsletter for June 2011 of the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) 

Commission to hold public hearing on coastal management

Home to millions of European citizens, Europe's coasts are a major source of raw materials and food. They host rich but fragile biodiversity. At the same time they offer significant opportunities for economic development and leisure. But these areas are facing serious problems of habitat destruction, water contamination, coastal erosion and resource depletion, which will be aggravated by climate change. The European Commission is holding a public hearing on 30 May 2011 to discuss options for future EU action to ensure sustainable development along Europe's shores, a process known as Integrated Coastal Zone Management. Those wishing to attend the hearing, which takes place at the Committee of the Regions, Bâtiment Jacques Delors, Rue Belliard, Brussels, are invited to register on-line by 13 May. Interpretation will be provided in French, German, English, Italian, Spanish and Polish. The hearing complements an on-line public consultation on Integrated Coastal Zone Management and Maritime Spatial Planning (see IP/11/353) which runs until 20 May 2011. For further details visit:

Call of the EAA for the European Archaeological Heritage Prize in 2011
The European Association of Archaeologists (http://www.e-a-a.org) instituted the European Archaeological Heritage Prize in 1999 and has awarded it annually to a person, institution, (local or regional) government or a (European or international) officer or body for an outstanding contribution to the protection and presentation of the European archaeological heritage. The nomination period has now been extended till 6 June 2011 - please find attached the form with more information. Further queries: eaa@arup.cas.cz

New publication series announced by ICAHM


In the recent past English Heritage launched documents for the public on Heritage Crime

Heritage Crime Briefing Note

Heritage Crime 2010 

Raids on British history prompt calls for special 'heritage police'

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Heritage chiefs will this week launch a national crackdown on thieves and vandals targeting Britain's national treasures. Growing numbers of attacks are being recorded on heritage sites ranging from the vandalism of prehistoric burial mounds to thefts from churches. Experts warn that it is resulting in the disappearance of priceless historical artefacts as well as multimillion-pound repair bills.