Events include conferences, working groups, academic symposia, and lectures that are open to both military and civilians. Forthcoming events logistics should include dates, places, times, contact infomation, descriptions, website links, maps, etc.


The International Institute of Humanitarian Law is still accepting registrations for its 158th  Military Course on LOAC to be held at Sanremo, Italy from 11-22  May 2015.  The course will be run in English with a class in Arabic.

Click here to REGISTER

Click here for the draft PROGRAMME

INFO in Arabic

Click here for the Pictures of last year’s Course

Our Foundation courses in LOAC are renowned throughout the world for seamlessly combining the essential principles of LOAC with the realities of modern military multi-national operations through a combination of lectures, syndicate discussion and exercises.

This course is updated yearly by a team of leading experts in the field to reflect the contemporary operating environment and the LOAC challenges posed to military forces and civilian personnel around the globe.  This year in fact, we are have added Maritime and Targeting modules, and a two day Command Post Exercise (CPX)

Our Teaching Staff are drawn from experienced senior military legal officers, leading academics practising in the field and experts from international organisations. Topics will be covered using a seminar-based approach to maximise the participant’s ability to find outcome-oriented solutions through the application
of the relevant LOAC provisions. The wide range of national and cultural
experiences of the participants attending will ensure a superior understanding
of the multinational challenge.

The course is designed to meet the needs of both military and civilian personnel with little or no prior knowledge of or experience in applying the Law of Armed Conflict and who have a need for practical, experience based training. The following topics are covered during the course:

* General introduction to LOAC, basic rules and principles and the applicability of LOAC
* Neutrality
* Conduct of Hostilities
* Targeting
* Maritime Law
* Means and methods of warfare
* Legal framework for non-International Armed Conflict
* Rules of Engagement
* Belligerent Occupation
* The role of organisations involved in Humanitarian Law
* Detention Operations
* Legal framework for Peace Support Operations
* Criminal Responsibility
* Training of LOAC

The course is of two weeks duration and is conducted in English and Arabic.

CLICK HERE to see further details of the course and to register your participation.

If you have any questions regarding the  course or travel administration,
please contact the Course Secretary: Maria Jonsson at

We look forward to welcoming you to Sanremo in sunny May.

Best regards,

Colonel John Hardy
Director, IIHL Military
Sanremo, Italy


We are now accepting applications for our summer 2015 field school, the San Gemini Preservation Studies Program, now in its 16th year, dedicated to the preservation of cultural heritage and offering students the opportunity to study and travel in Italy.

Session One (June 1 – 26)
Building Restoration* Revised program
Restoration of Traditional Masonry Buildings in Italy
Sketching and Analyzing Historic Buildings
Ceramics Restoration
Introduction to Conservation of Archaeological Ceramics
Workshop on Ceramics and Ceramics Conservation in Italy

Session Two (July 13 – August 7)
Book Bindings Restoration
Introduction to the Restoration of Book Bindings in Italy
Workshop on the Restoration of Book Bindings
Paper Restoration
Introduction to Restoration of Paper in Books and Archival Documents
Restoration Workshop – Paper in Books and Archival Documents
Traditional Painting Materials & Techniques
Traditional Painting Methods and Techniques in Italy, including Issues of Weathering and Aging
Painting Workshop – Traditional Painting Methods and Techniques in Italy
Preservation Theory and Practice in Italy
Restoration in Italy – Issues and Theory

*Field Projects:

Restoration of the façade of the Church of San Carlo (13th Century)
Analysis of medieval buildings in San Gemini as part of an urban study of the city

Inter-Session Programs (June 27 – July 10)

Structural Treatments on Canvas Paintings (June 29 – July 10) Workshop
An expert workshop dealing with the restoration of canvasses: the structural support of oil paintings. The program includes theoretical classes and practical workshops.

Inter-session Field Trip – Italy (June 28 – July 7)
A ten day trip visiting Siena, Florence and Rome: places of cultural interest, the urban and historical development of each town, and specialized visits to places of interest to restorers.

Inter-session Field Trip – Athens (check-in Saturday, June 27 – check-out Friday, July 10)
A twelve day visit of Athens: an exploration of the history of preservation and conservation issues facing the city lead by some of the top Athenian experts in their field.

To find out more about our program and review the syllabi, please visit our WEBSITE <> .

Our courses are open to students from various disciplines, both undergraduate and graduate. All lessons are taught in English.

If you know any students, scholars, or others interested in this type of study, please inform them about our program. We would appreciate it if you could list our program on your organization’s website as an available educational resource.

We have a 2015 flyer that you may wish to post on your department notice board or forward to interested parties. You can print this from our website. Please let us know if you have any problem printing and we can email you the PDF.


Introduction to Archaeological Digital Data Management
February 12, 2015 , 12:00-2:00 EST
Instructors: Dr.  Francis P. McManamon, RPA and Dr. Jodi Reeves Flores

 Archaeology today relies heavily on digital data: photographs taken in the field, GIS information, analytical and descriptive data sets, project reports, etc. This is in addition to an existing, underutilized backlog of archaeological information. Without a well thought-out approach to data management, important information will be overlooked or lost because it is forgotten, misplaced or damaged. Good digital data management requires attention to the means of data storage, aspects of archiving data, how data are to be preserved, and the curation of data so that is discoverable, accessible and usable. This online seminar will introduce participants to the background of data management, how good data management is organized, and tools and methods that they can integrate into their existing project and research workflows to ensure good management of digital data.

Francis P. McManamon is the Executive Director of Digital Antiquity.  Issues and topics related to the management of archaeological data and information is one of his professional focuses. Digital Antiquity develops and maintains tDAR (the Digital Archaeological Record), an international repository for data and documents related to archaeology and archaeological investigations.

Jodi Reeves Flores is a Digital Curator and the CLIR/DLF Fellow in Data Curation for the Sciences and Social Sciences at Arizona State University Libraries and the Center for Digital Antiquity (Digital Antiquity).

About SAA Online Seminars

SAA online seminars are designed to provide continuing professional development opportunities to student and professional archaeologists and are offered on a wide range of high-interest topics from September through May each year.  Instructors are RPAs and top scholars in their field. In the future, you will receive Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA) Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits for the course.

Registration is on a first-come, first served basis and will remain open until seats are filled.

Students take note!  The Group registration option enables one registered user to invite an unlimited number of participants to view the presentation from the same physical location. All participants will receive a certificate of completion from SAA.

Check SAAweb frequently for the latest offerings in our Online Seminar Series.

Questions? Feel free to call SAA at 202-559-5709 or email us at

Maureen Malloy Manager, Education and Outreach 202/789-8200 ext. 106
Join us for the 80th Annual Meeting April 15-19, 2015,  San Francisco, CA!


Cultural Heritage Imaging (CHI) Newsletter discusses various training classes for imaging, calibrated scale bars for sale, and the CHI workshop being presented at the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) in San Francisco in April 2015.


Announcement and invitation To the International Conference on Archeology 2015 :  Ancient Cultures in the Lands of the Bible (Jerusalem, June 2015)

And a call for Abstracts: The scientific committee of the conference invites experts to submit abstracts on the conference topics. The list of topics is presented on the conference web-site:

More details on the conference are available on the site:


From: “Salima Ikram”


The American University in Cairo Press is pleased to announce a new series to be entitled The AUC History of Ancient Egypt, intended to build incrementally into a comprehensive set of works covering the period from prehistory to the fourth century AD. However, there is no intention to predetermine the volumes be published, but rather to provide an umbrella for a series of authoritative, fully documented, but accessible, treatments of discrete periods of ancient Egyptian history or cross-period historical themes, conforming to a uniform design, yet fully viable as stand-alone volumes.

The target audience embraces scholars, students and informed amateurs. Thus the volumes will not only meet normal academic standards of scholarship, but also will be readable and illustrated as necessary for broader intelligibility. Total length, including notes, captions, and bibliography, is envisaged as ranging from 60,000 to 95,000 words.

We are currently gathering projects for the first wave of volumes, probably to appear from 2016 (with first manuscripts delivered in 2015). If you are interested in publishing something in the series, please get in touch with the General Editors as below.

Aidan Dodson University of Bristol (UK) –

Salima Ikram  American University in Cairo (Egypt) –

General Editors of the AUC History of Ancient Egypt


The Metropolitan Museum of Art Archives Opens for Research a Collection related to Egyptology

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Archives announces the availability for research of the Irvine McManus records related to “Treasures of Tutankhamun” exhibition: records from the Exhibition Coordinator of the first “blockbuster” exhibition at the Museum of spectacular items from the boy king’s tomb, on loan from the Cairo Museum in Egypt, which also toured six other American museums from 1977 to 1979. Finding aid link:

This is one of 15 collections of Museum records being arranged, described, and cataloged over 27 months with generous funding from the Leon Levy Foundation. Other collections to be processed include records of past Museum directors and senior staff who were intimately involved in the formation, growth, and leadership of the Museum. They include the Museum’s first salaried director, Luigi Palma di Cesnola; the Museum’s fifth director and proponent of educational programming and public outreach, Francis Henry Taylor; the Museum’s sixth director and head of the U.S. Army’s Museums and Fine Arts and Archives section during World War II, James Rorimer; and Thomas Hoving, best known as the driving force behind the Museum’s “blockbuster” exhibitions during his tenure as director from 1966-1977.

For information about access to the physical materials at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Archives, contact archives@metmuseum or visit our website at

About the Leon Levy Foundation: The Leon Levy Foundation, founded in 2004, is a private, not-for-profit foundation created from the estate of Leon Levy, an investor with a longstanding commitment to philanthropy. The Foundation’s overarching goal is to support scholarship at the highest level, ultimately advancing knowledge and improving the lives of individuals and society at large.


We are proud to announce The Vietnam Maritime Archaeology Project Center.

Unlike our other exhibits, project journals, and “in the field” pages that feature one specific project, a “Project Center” acts as a clearing house of sorts and hosts information on numerous sites and includes articles, photos, interactive images, maps, links, reports, and references surrounding a main topic.

Dr. Mark Staniforth and a team of researchers, who have been working in Vietnam for the past few years, created the project center to increase awareness at local, provincial, national and international levels about the extent and nature of Vietnam’s underwater and maritime cultural heritage. The site will present material about a range of maritime archaeology projects as well as maritime and underwater cultural heritage investigations that are being conducted in Vietnam today.

Please visit the Vietnam Maritime Archaeology Project Center and explore Vietnam’s fascinating maritime history including 10th century battles against Kublai Khan, traditional boat building, shipwrecks, NAS training efforts and more. You can explore the site here:

T. Kurt Knoerl Ph.D.


Michael Hallett is the new editor of “Liaison,” the journal of the Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance at PACOM. Advances in caring for cultural property in disaster situations would make for an informative article.

COE  Announces Call for Papers: The Center for Excellence in Disaster Management & Humanitarian Assistance invites submissions to the next issue of Liaison, a journal focusing on current and emerging issues and trends in disaster management and humanitarian assistance.

We invite submissions, from contributors of all backgrounds, focused on enhancements to disaster management capabilities, including prevention, resiliency and response. Submissions made by local actors in the Asian-Pacific region are especially welcome. The journal aims to promote increased understanding among disaster management practitioners and policy makers.

Please direct questions to the Editor



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