7th Annual ESHE Meeting - 21-23 September, 2017 - Leiden, Netherlands

The 7th Annual ESHE meeting will take place at the Stadsgehoorzaal in the historical centre of Leiden in the Netherlands from the 21-23 September, 2017. In lieu of an excursion, the meeting will be followed by an exclusive exhibition of the Trinil collection hosted by the Naturalis Biodiversity Center in the Pesthuis.

The 2017 is proudly hosted by the University of Leiden, with many thanks to the local organisers Wil Roebroeks, Marie Soressi, Fulco Scherjon and their teams.

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Wednesday, 20 September
  • 10:00-17:00 EVAN Toolbox Training Day and Geometric Morphometrics of Skulls
    Leiden University, Faculty of Archaeology, Van Steenis building, Einsteinweg 2

    *Registration for EVAN Toolbox Training is done directly through the EVAN Society

  • 16:00-18:00 - Pre-Meeting Registration at the Stadsgehoorzaal
  • 17:30 - 19:00 - Complimentary welcome drinks for ESHE participants at City Hall
  • 20:00 - 22:00 - Public lecture at the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden
    Thursday, 21 September
  • 8:00-9:00 - Meeting registration
  • 9:00-18:00 - Conference Day 1
  • 12:15-14:15 - Poster Session 1
    Friday, 22 September
  • 9:00-18:00 - Conference Day 2
  • 12:15-14:15 - Poster Session 2
    Saturday, 23 September
  • 9:00 - 17:40 - Conference Day 3
  • 17:40-18:30 - General Assembly Closing
  • 18:30 - Closing Dinner at the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden
    Sunday, 24 September
  • 10:00-14:00 - Exclusive exhibition of the Trinil Collection hosted by Naturalis Biodiversity Centre in Leiden at the Pesthuis.


    Naturalis Biodiversity Center : Trinil-collection

    Naturalis Biodiversity Center is a natural history museum, with a unique collection of over 42 million objects, ranking fifth in the world, both in size and content. Its collections focus primarily on Europe, while South-East Asia, tropical America and Africa are also well represented. Because of ongoing building activities for a new and much larger museum, to be opened in 2018, the museum will unfortunately be closed during ESHE 2017. However, the staff of Naturalis have offered ESHE 2017 participants the opportunity to see a small part of one of its key fossil assemblages, the hominin remains excavated at the end of the 19th century by the Dutch scientist Eug�ne Dubois, on the banks of the Solo river near Trinil, Java. For decades the Dubois collection was housed in the Rijksmuseum van Natuurlijke Historie, Leiden, one of the precursors of the Naturalis Biodiversity Centre. The skull cap (Trinil 2), the famous femur Trinil 3 as well as the recently published Pseudodon shell with traces of a geometric engraving (visualized in the ESHE2017 logo) will be on display in a small exhibition in the 17th century Pesthuis building of the museum, uniquely made accessible for ESHE participants on Sunday morning September 24th, from 10:00 to 14:00.


    This year's registration includes two coffee breaks per day with snacks, as well as all lunches during the conference. In order to receive the membership rate for 2017, you must renew your membership and register before Friday, 30th June. All registrations after this date will be required to pay the non-member fee.

    Registration fees for ESHE members

    • Professional Member fee: 140€
    • Student Member fee: 50€

    Registration fees for non-ESHE members

    • Professional Non-Member fee: 260€
    • Student Non-Member fee: 100€

    From 2017 onwards, ESHE will only issue refunds for cancellations before the registration cut off date (July 31st). This is to ensure we have final numbers in advance for our caterers and suppliers. Please keep this in mind when registering, as we cannot issue any refund claims submitted after this date.

    Abstract Submission - Deadline April 26

    Abstract submission is now closed.

    Information for Presenters

    Poster Presentations

    All posters must be in A1 Portrait format. Landscape format will not be accepted due to space requirements. Presenters are expected to print and bring their poster with them to the meeting and display them before the first poster session. Presenters are responsible for hanging their own poster on the designated board. Posters will remain on display for the duration of the conference. Presenters are responsible for removing their posters before the general assembly.

    Entries for the student poster prize are now closed.

    Podium Presentations

    Each presenter will be given 15 minutes to present and a very strict 5 minutes at the end of each slot for questions directed at the presenter. There will be a coloured light on stage to indicate when presenters must make concluding statements and when their time is up. A green light will display during the presentation, followed by a yellow light at the 13-minute mark and a red light at 15 minutes to indicate the end of the presentation. Presenters are encouraged to send a draft of their presentation before the conference to ensure that all graphics can be displayed. More information on this to come. Presenters must also have their presentations ready on a USB drive, to be given to our IT assistants before the start of their session on the day of the presentation. Presentations must be in .ppt or .pptx format. The computer will not be connected to the internet, so any videos must be embedded in the presentation. The screen will be in 16:9 format. Please take this into consideration when formatting your slides to take advantage of the screen.

    Podium presenters may send their presentations to Juli�tte Suurland | Leidseschouwburg-Stadsgehoorzaal JulietteSuurland@leidseschouwburg-stadsgehoorzaal.nl for checking to ensure that there are no problems with the file. If you choose to do this, you will only be notified if there is a problem with your presentation. This is not the final presentation. You may still alter your presentation. Final versions can be submitted via email before the conference (please indicate that this is your final version in the email subject), or must be uploaded during the conference in the preview room, on the morning of your presentation at the latest.

    Pecha Kucha Presentations

    Each Pecha Kucha presentation will be strictly limited to 6 minutes and 40 seconds, and must contain exactly 20 slides. For more information on the Pecha Kucha format, please visit: www.pechakucha.org. The screen will be in 16:9 format. Please take this into consideration when formatting your slides to take advantage of the screen. Final presentations must be uploaded HERE by September 11.

    Student Travel Grants- Deadline May 31st

    Following the success of the past two years, the ESHE Board has decided to offer travel grants to students attending the 2017 ESHE meeting in Leiden, The Netherlands.


  • Applicants must be members of ESHE
  • Applicants must be presenting either a podium, pecha kucha or poster presentation at the 2017 meeting

  • How to apply:

  • First ensure that you have registered for the 2017 meeting and have submitted an abstract.
  • Send a letter of financial justification to president@eshe.eu by Wednesday, 31st May. This letter must include: 1) Information on where you will be travelling from, 2) A list of your anticipated expenses, 3) Information on any other funds you already have at your disposal (i.e. grants, scholarships, stipends), 4) A short CV, maximum 1 page.
  • Venue

    Conference venue: Stadsgehoorzaal, Breestraat 60

    At Leiden University, the Academic year starts in the first week of September, and hence the ESHE 2017 venue had to be sought outside of the University buildings, in a commercial venue. For ESHE 2017 we have chosen the so-called Stadsgehoorzaal, one of the largest concert halls in the city center of Leiden. The Stadsgehoorzaal has a long history. The building is in the centre of historical Leiden, a town with occupation traces going back to the Roman era. The Stadsgehoorzaal building is an extension of the Sinte Catharina gasthuis, an early 12th century shelter and hospital for the poor, which included a church, beer- and wine cellars.. It was rebuilt in 1891, after the original Stadsgehoorzaal was destroyed by a large fire. The Stadsgehoorzaal is a nice example of neo-renaissance architecture, which is hardly present anymore in the Netherlands.

    Venue Public Lecture and Closing Party: Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, Rapenburg 28

    The Rijksmuseum van Oudheden (National Museum of Antiquities) at Leiden is the national archaeological museum of the Netherlands, and the venue for both the ESHE 2017 Public Lecture as well as for the closing party of the 2017 Conference. It is located in very centre of Leiden, on the Rapenburg canal (Rapenburg 28) , very close to the Academy building, the historic central building of Leiden University (Rapenburg 73). The Museum grew out of the collection of Leiden University and there are strong links between the museum and the Faculty of Archaeology. The museum focuses on ancient Egypt, the ancient near East, the classical world of Greece, Etruria and Rome and the early (prehistoric, Roman and Medieval) Netherlands. Its central hall will be the venue for the public lecture organized around the ESHE 2017 conference as well as for ESHE 2017s closing party. The central hall is dominated by the so-called Temple of Taffeh, an ancient Egyptian temple donated by Egypt to the Netherlands for its UNESCO-coordinated help in contributing to the historical preservation of Egyptian antiquities in the 1960s when the Aswan High Dam was built and its reservoir threatened to destroy many monuments and archaeological sites. The temple was built of sandstone between AD 1 and AD 14 on the orders of the Roman emperor Augustus, and was once part of the Roman fortress known as Taphis and measures 6.5 by 8 metres.

    Accomodation and Local Information

    Getting There

    The most convenient wat to travel from Schiphol Airport to Leiden is by train. At Schiphol, the train station is situated underneath the Schiphol Plaza in the central hall of the terminal, where there are ticket desks and ticket machines. A one-way ticket (enkele reis) costs � 5,40 and a day return (dagretour) costs � 10,80. Direct trains to Leiden run every fifteen minutes and the journey takes around 20 minutes.

    Accommodation in Leiden

    The following are just some of the options available in Leiden. Those marked with an asterix have special deals for ESHE participants

    • IBIS Leiden Centre*
      ESHE price: 79�  per night
      Please email (H8087-RE@accor.com with the subject line ESHE conference booking. Offer subject to availability

    • Nieuw Minerva*
      ESHE Price: 88� per room per night for single; 98� per room per night for double
      Please email hotel@nieuwminerva.nl with the subject line ESHE conference booking. Offer subject to availability

    • Fitland Hotel*
      ESHE Price: 110,64€ per night
      Please email SalesLeiden@fitland.nl with the Reference code GF7732 and your Name, Arrival and Department Dates, Email address and Phone Number. Offer subject to availability

    • Hilton Garden Inn*
      ESHE Price: 98€ per night Incl. Breakfast
      Please click on the name to be directed to the ESHE booking page to receive the discounted price. Offer subject to availability

    • Holiday Inn
      Haagse Schouwweg 10

    • Van der Valk Hotel
      Haagse Schouwweg 14

    • Hotel de Doelen
      Rapenburg 2

    Accommodation in den Haag

    Due to the high volume of tourists visiting Leiden, another option for travellers to the ESHE 2017 confernece is to stay in the Hague. The train takes between 12-18 minutes and runs approximately every 10 minutes. Train tickets cost 3.50� one way. Leiden central station is also within walking distance to the conference venue.

    ESHE Meetings


    20-24 September
    21-25 September
    22-26 September
    24-25 September
    19-21 September
    13-15 September
    21-23 September
    14-18 September
    10-12 September
    18-20 September
    19-21 September
    21-22 September
    23-24 September


    Marta Gómez Recio & Alba Bossoms Mesa*
    Alfredo Suesta Guillen & Marie Vanhoof*
    Alejandra Sotomayor Sainz & Igor Djakovic*
    Jan Dekker & Hester Hanegraef*
    Vanda Halász & Emily Hunter*
    Ana Bucchi & Julia Stuhlträger*
    Judith Beier & Andrew Sorensen*
    A. Pantoja-Perez & H. Fewlass*
    G. Oxilia A. Rodríguez-Hidalgo
    Paul Kozowyk
    Stephanie Schnorr Laura Martín Francés

    *Pecha Kucha Prize Winner