this is a message about two important and linked issues for our next
Discovering the Archaeologists of Europe partner meeting, which will be
in Dublin on 5-6 July. This immediately follows the World
Archaeological Congress which takes place during the week before our
1. First point. Contributions to WAC. As we have discussed at
partner meetings, I am co-organising a session with John Jameson called
Archaeologists of the World: Globalising Archaeological Practice. We
will need some papers about Discovering the Archaeologists of Europe,
although this is not the only subject of the session. I shall
contribute a transnational piece about the project as a whole, and I
hope we will be able to have a few presentations about particular
situations in different countries too. The problem is that the
deadline for the submission of paper proposals is EXTREMELY soon!
Proposals have to be made by Friday this week, the 22nd February!
As the session will only last for two hours, we may prefer ten minute
presentations (ideally with a full paper that people can download and
We will all have the opportunity to have poster presentations, hopefully outside the room where the papers are being given.
So please consider submitting a paper - Conor and Patrizia are the first to submit an abstract:
Archaeology, Development and
Quality Assurance: An International Perspective
Archaeologists of the World:
Globalising Archaeological Practice
McDermott and Patrizia La Piscopia
behalf of the
the Archaeologists of Europe:
A recent survey of the
archaeological profession in Ireland conducted as part of the
Archaeologists of Europe project has revealed a subject and a
that have undergone dramatic changes over the last decade. This is
a striking influx of non-nationals into the Irish profession (44%) and
increase of almost 300% in the numbers of people employed. These
have taken place in the context of considerable development in the
sector, and infrastructure projects in particular, set against a
significant social, cultural and economic change. It is recognised that
this recent growth in the archaeological profession is not permanent
dependent of prevailing economic conditions and the final phases of EU
for infrastructural projects.The
case forms a salient example for the profession in other countries and
particularly those of recent EU members and accession states where
conditions may prevail in the future.
2. Second point. Accommodation at WAC.
Conor has spoken to the conference registration people, and we have
accommodation arranged for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights at
Roebuck Hall (see below). Please read Conor's instructions below and
confirm to him before Friday February 29 whether you will be
attending, and remember to book your accommodation for any other nights
you are intending to stay at WAC at Roebuck Hall.
I hope these points are clear - if there is any confusion, please don't hesitate to contact me directly.
-------- Original Message --------
Re: WAC and DISCO meeting
Wed, 13 Feb 2008 19:00:41 +0000
Conor McDermott <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I have confirmed and clarified the arrangements with the conference
registration people for WAC and I think the main arrangements are in
I asked them to hold 16 places for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday
nights. The rooms are in the new residential block at Roebuck Hall
which appears as follows in the website:
UCD Roebuck Hall Ensuite single rooms: Room Type: Ensuite single rooms Roebuck
Hall is the new student accommodation on campus which opened in 2007.
The apartments consist of 6 ensuite single bedrooms and shared lounge
with limited kitchen facilities. Couples will be accommodated in
adjacent single bedrooms.
The rooms are all booked
permanently for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights (4th-6th July)
to cover the DISCO meeting. They have also agreed to hold the rooms for
a SHORT period of time to allow people to extend their own bookings to
cover WAC. This means that we have two deadlines coming up. Firstly I
would like people to confirm their attendance at the DISCO meeting and
let me know before the 29th of February. I will give the list
of names to the bookings people who will assign the reserved places to
the specified people. Those wishing to extend the booking to cover the
full period of WAC must complete the online booking for any nights they
require up to and including the night of Thursday 3rd July but not the three
following days which are already reserved (4th-6th July) and will be
paid for by DISCO via the Irish partners. In order to ensure that they
are given the same room for the DISCO meeting and the period of
WAC people will have to register for conference accommodation by Tuesday
the 4th of March.
Unfortunately good accommodation on campus is at a premium for the
conference and I cannot get them to hold the accommodation up to the
Thursday night any longer than that as they are concerned the remaining
days will not be suitable to others. When you book in Roebuck Hall for
nights up to the Thursday the registration people should automatically
link your name to the existing list of those registered for the
Friday-Sunday nights and you will be given the same room throughout.
However, if you have the opportunity to remind them you are already
booked for the last three nights please do so and stress that they are
paid for separately. Any DISCO people that fail to book before the 4th
of March should still be able to get accommodation after that date but
it will become increasingly likely that they will not get the same room
for both parts of the booking and may have to move during the
I am sorry that this is so complicated but there are a lot of things to
balance for a conference this size and my efforts to add a cuckoo into
the next are not always successful.
Please circulate this message to all potential participants and add it
to the website as appropriate. I will be in contact shortly about the
national poster templates which are virtually complete including
national languages and partner logos and I have send some cover designs
to Carla for discussion and worked up a set of drafts for each country.