Is (still) history of archaeology useful?


From 09/10/2019 at 16 h 30 to 09/11/2019 at 15 h 30

Colloque / Symposium

Organizers: Alessandro Guidi (Università Roma Tre) and Sébastien Plutniak (École française de Rome)

Today it’s “up-to-date” to integrate archaeological  reports with more or less long paragraphs on the “history of researches”. In this way the archaeologist demonstrates to be informed and conscious on the activity of his predecessors in the site he explores.

This activity, very similar to the “medical history” that each doctor asks to his patients in order to better calibrate his cares, is often heavily discredited from many colleagues that consider it a sort of boring duty .

As a matter of fact archaeologists were always interested to the history of their discipline (see for example Pigorini ‘s articles on the first years of Italian prehistory at the end of XIX century), also if only after the Second World War some pioneers  began to explore all the significant social, cultural and political links of our activity (e.g. Daniel) or to describe in an attracting way, also for the public, the “epic” of the great archaeological discoveries (e.g. Bibby or a non-archaeologist like Ceram).

Alongside we must remember the old tradition of  Classical archaeologists studies on the history of collections and collectors, an important branch of the history of ancient art.

The seminar aims to discuss these problems examining and comparing the development of the history of archaeology and its influence on the discipline in various countries.



École française de Rome

Piazza Navona 62, Rome


14.30 Greetings from authorities

15.00 Introduction (A. Guidi, S. Plutniak)

15.30 Laura Coltofean-Arizancu (Departament d’Història i Arqueologia, Universitat de Barcelona): The status of the history of archaeology in Romania and Hungary.

16.00 Marzena Wozny (Archaeological Museum in Cracow): New branch of science or just subsidiary discipline? History of archaeology in Poland.

16.30 Alessandro Guidi, Federico Nomi (Università Roma Tre): For an history of Italian archaeological historiography.

17.00 Sébastien Plutniak (École française de Rome): Historian of archaeology embedded: reflexions from two recent  research projects integrating archaeological research and history of archaeology.

17.30 Geraldine Delley (Neuchâtel University): History of archaeology in museums.

18.00 Daniele Aureli, Roxanne Rocca (Universitè Paris I- Università degli Studi di Siena)  The Lower Palaeolithic site of Cimitero di Atella: between past and present.



Museo delle Civiltà

Piazza Guglielmo Marconi, 14, Rome


9.30 Bettina Arnold (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee): New perspectives in the history of European archaeology in the US: Old World/New World comparative analyses then and now.

10.00 Ana Cristina Martins (IHC-FCSH NOVA - UÉvora-FCT | UNIARQ-ULisboa): History of archaeology and local development: heritage, memory, territory.

10.30 Discussants: Margarita Diaz-Andreu (ICREA and Universitat de Barcelona) and Ulf R.Hansson (Swedish Institute of Classical Studies in Rome-The University of Texas at Austin).

11.00   Final Discussion

11.30 – 13.30  Meeting of the Commission

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Category : La recherche
Published on 07/03/2019 - Last update on 09/04/2019