Archon International Workshop in Later Prehistory

As part of the Metaaltijdendagen 2022, an international workshop is organised on saturday 17th of September, at the Drents Museum (Assen, The Netherlands) between 13:30 and 16:30.

This workshop is intended for those (students, people working at commercial units, others) that are working on a topic (thesis, PhD, (post-)excavation analysis) in Later Prehistory to present and discuss their approach, results or case to a group of peers and an expert panel consisting of David Fontijn (Leiden University, The Netherlands), Helle Vandkilde (Aarhus University, Denmark), Neil Wilkin (British Museum, UK) and Harald Meller (Universität Halle, Germany).

Students that have yet to start or have recently started on their (thesis, course, etc) topic in Late Prehistory can present and discuss methodological issues in their topic/approach. Students that are in a more advanced or completed stage of their study into a topic in Late Prehistory can present and discuss international contextualisation/salience for their topic/results. Researchers at commercial units excavating or reporting on a Later Prehistoric site excavation can present and discuss methodological issues, or international contextualisation/salience of their project.


In preparation of the workshop, the participants are required to

(a) register for that day of the Metaaltijdendagen

(b) send a brief email to the workshop organisers ( with a very brief description of your research objective (e.g. “…I want to study X, by looking at Y and Z”) to allow the expert panel to prepare.

(c) prepare a very brief (Pecha-Kucha) presentation on their topic. Whereas a Pecha-Kucha entails showing 20 slides for 20 seconds each, the main idea is that your presentation is short (6-7 minutes) and to-the-point. A self-timed template can be found here.

On the day…

The workshop organisers will prepare a presentation schedule for the participants, that allows ample time for discussion. The setting/atmosphere should however be more ‘round table’ (presenting among peers) than ‘conference’ (communicator <> audience). The schedule is just to ensure that all participants can benefit of discussion of their presented topic. Whereas the expert panel will take the lead in providing constructive comments on the presentations, all participants are explicitly invited to be vocal about their views, comments and suggestions. The main idea is helping each others research further through discussion and (international) contextualisation.

After the day…

Archon students attending that want ECTS credit (1 ECTS), have to send in a brief report (max. 250 words) on how the discussions have shaped/altered/refined their approach/method/contextualisation to a designated Archon grader (for now:

And don’t forget to keep in touch with the new colleagues/friends you met on the day!

Any questions remaining?

Please email the workshop organisation ( (Metaaltijden) // (Archon)).