At the 1994 inaugural meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA) held in Ljubljana, Slovenia, the EAA statutes were formally approved. They stipulate that EAA was created to promote:
EAA is a fully democratic body, governed by an elected Executive Board that is representative of the different European regions. The current board consists of President K. Kristiansen (Sweden), Vice President E. Jerem (Hungary), Secretary W. J. H. Willems (Netherlands), and Treasurer P. Chowne (United Kingdom). Full membership to EAA is open to all professional archaeologists. Bona fide students of archaeology, retired archaeologists, and nonprofessional archaeologists are also eligible for membership. Currently, EAA has more than 1,000 members from 51 countries worldwide working in prehistoric, classical, medieval, and later archaeology. They include academics, aerial archaeologists, environmental archaeologists, field archaeologists, underwater archaeologists, heritage managers, historians, museum curators, researchers, scientists, teachers, conservators, and students of archaeology.
In promoting its aims, EAA publishes the European Journal of Archaeology three times a year, to encourage open debate among participating archaeologists. Members are also kept informed of activities through a biannual newsletter, The European Archaeologist, and the Internet. Members receive both publications and are encouraged to submit papers and articles to either.
EAA organizes conferences and seminars and acts as an advisory body on all issues relating to the archaeology of Europe. EAA annual meetings offer a unique opportunity for archaeologists from Europe and beyond to compare experiences, ideas, and opinions on archaeological practice and theory in its many different European contexts. Previous annual meetings have taken place at Ljubljana, Slovenia (1994); Santiago de Compostela, Spain (1995); Riga, Latvia (1996); and Ravenna, Italy (1997). The 1998 EAA Annual Meeting is scheduled September 23-27, in Goteborg, Sweden, and will cover topics such as Managing the Archaeological Record and the Cultural Heritage; Archaeology of Today: Theoretical and Methodical Perspectives; and Archaeology and Material Culture: Interpreting the Archaeological Record. In addition to formal lectures and discussions, conference organizers will arrange a variety of lively social events for members to meet each other informally. Members are encouraged to take part in the sessions, roundtables, and work groups. Meeting information can be obtained by email at EAA_98@archaeology.gu.se.
For questions on membership, please contact EAA Secretariat, c/o MoLAS, Walker House, 87 Queen Victoria St., London EC 4V 4AB, UK, (+44-171) 410-2244, fax (+44-171) 410-2201/2231, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
W. J. H. Willems is secretary of EAA and is from the Netherlands.