28th EAA Annual Meeting in Budapest
EAA had to tackle with two challenging years, and one of these was bound to the planned Budapest Annual Meeting that turned out to the Virtual Annual Meeting in 2020, followed by yet another, 2021 in Kiel. We learnt to use opportunities for online sessions and discussion, yet, our Members have not been given the chance to meet, to discuss in person. Friendly talks and encounters of coffee breaks and evening pubs, let alone enjoyable excursions were impossible since 2019. Although we have just witnessed a great and crowded online event in Kiel, I am probably not the only EAA member who anticipates a large and joyful “family reunion” for the 2022 Budapest Annual Meeting! As it becomes clear, some themes from the 2020 VAM have been maintained due to their local relevance, like Roman archaeology, as Budapest lies exactly divided by the limes of the Roman Empire and the “barbaricum”; or the archaeology of freshwater sites, the Carpathian basin being similar to a huge water reservoir, determined by two major rivers and the largest lake in Central Europe. Due to more recent challenges, events with actually growing importance are added to the themes. Please feel free to propose sessions, to think about topics worth to discuss, thoughts to develop. The 2022 Budapest Annual Meeting is planned to be an onsite conference with many personal encounters. Yet, EAA has built up a strategy that wishes to involve Members for whom, for whatever reasons, travelling and onsite attendance is not an option. Thus, while inviting everyone to come and participate in this unique event, we shall try to offer complementary online streaming of some events, perhaps keynote talks and a few sessions, according to our financial and technical possibilities. As we believe, hybrid meetings are the future.