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About us

The Organizing Committee is made up of five members of the Institute of Heritage Sciences (Incipit):

Beatriz Gómez-Arribas, Research Technician

João Fonte, PhD Student

Gonzalo Compañy, PhD Student

Jose María Señorán, PhD Student

Lucía Moragón, PhD Student


Our job is to plan and organize the V JIA 2012 in Santiago de Compostela, and to oversee compliance with the JIA’s Decalogue regulation. This year we have conceived a special project (see below) with the aim of renewing the dynamics and structure of the Conference without losing any detail of its original spirit. We hope to achieve this objective successfully and help this annual young archaeological meeting to continue for many years more.


As we belong to Incipit, an active and dynamic research centre, our project has had the support of all the members of the Institute right from the start. We received practical advice from some of them in preparing the project we presented at the last JIA2011 in Faro (Portugal) and are sure of being able to call on their assistance during the time leading up to and the days of the Conference.

Organization: César González Pérez and Felipe Criado.

Preparation of the thematic program: Alfredo González Ruibal, Xurxo Ayán and Felipe Criado.

Graphic Designer: Anna Peris Tierno.

Financial Office: Sofía Quiroga and Teresa Neo.

Logistics: Elías López Romero, Yolanda Porto, Guadalupe Jiménez, Alejandro Güimil.

Computing Services: Mª Dolores Fernández and Eva Hernández.

Translations reviewers: Paul Lacey and Alejandro Güimil.


Event Venue


The Institute of Heritage Sciences (Incipit) forms part of the Spanish National Research Council in Santiago de Compostela (Galicia, Spain). It is directed by Felipe Criado-Boado and at present it consists of 44 researchers (22 research technicians, 4 senior fellows, 10 PhD students, 5 Postdoctoral researchers, 2 research assistants and 1 research professor).

Incipit’s work is centred on the study of Cultural Heritage as a scientific question: how its associated knowledge and value are produced, managed and socialized, as well as its material elements and practices created. It was born form the conviction of the necessity of a multidisciplinary vision integrating archaeology, anthropology, sociology, history, philosophy, information technology, art history, economics, etc. Incipit is the first entity specifically dedicated to the study of Heritage in Spain.


Instituto de Ciencias del Patrimonio

San Roque, 2

15704 Santiago de Compostela

A Coruña, Spain


Santiago de Compostela

Santiago is the capital city of the Autonomous Community of Galicia; it belongs to the province of A Coruña. It is located 65 kilometres south of the city of A Coruña and 62 kilometres north of Pontevedra. The old town was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985. With its Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque old town, Santiago is one of the most beautiful urban areas in the world.

Here we can find the government of the autonomous region of Galicia (Xunta de Galicia) as well as the Parliament. The city stands out as an important centre of Christian pilgrimage, along with Jerusalem and Rome, as the tradition says that St. James the Greater was buried here. It is the end of the famous Way of St. James (Camino de Santiago), which follows a road originally built by the Roman Empire. It also is the gateway to Fisterra, the westernmost point of mainland Europe, the end of the ‘known world’.

The city also boasts the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC), a remarkable university founded in 1495 by Lope Gómez de Marzoa. Thanks to the university, the city has a very rich student life, with almost 30000 alumni registered each year.

The Cathedral and the streets of Santiago de Compostela

The Hospital of San Roque

The hospital was founded in 1578 by the archbishop Francisco Blanco to take in those affected by the terrible plague that devastated the city in the 16th century. Gaspar de Arce, Master Builder of the Cathedral of Santiago, was commissioned to design the building, which was finished in 1583. Only a few traces of its original Renaissance style have been preserved in the façade, as it was rebuilt in the second half of the 18th century. It is distinguished for its sobriety and clean lines. The two-floored cloister is especially beautiful.

As the building depends on the Xunta of Galicia, free entrance is not permitted. It is important then to uphold the admission requirements and to attend the Conference with valid identification.

Moreover, it is also a permanent working place: it houses not only the Institute of Heritage Sciences, but also the Instituto de Estudos Galegos Padre Sarmiento and the offices of the City of Culture Foundation of Santiago.

The Hospital of San Roque


V JIA Project 2012

The intention of the Organizing Committee of JIA 2012 is to produce an innovative conference to reflect on archaeological practices in the 21st century. To put this idea into practice we are relying on an institution like Incipit, whose line of both theoretical and methodological work, can be considered to be at the vanguard of Spanish archaeological vision. In addition, Incipit has extensive experience in this type of activities, with the 1st Annual EAA Meeting in 1995 as a reference, which was attended by about 530 people from 44 different nationalities.

In order to achieve this goal, we propose a modification of both the scientific and structural basis of the Conference. After saying farewell to Lewis Binford, “the father of Functionalism in Archaeology”, we want to reflect on the role played by this theory since its incursion into archaeological research. Apart from this, and realizing that we are definitively living in a time of profound and constant calls for renewal, we thought it would also be a great idea to reflect on archaeological practice on a more general level.

What are we doing? Why? How? For whom? We believe these questions should be the backbone of JIA 2012. In this sense, and spurred on by some debates during the last JIA in Faro 2011, we aim to provide the space to delve into these issues.

In the postmodern era, theoretical approaches have revolved around two poles: the firm maintenance of the positivist and functionalist theories, and the postprocessual orientation characterized by "unscientificism". We believe that new generations must develop robust theoretical models to ensure both empirical and hermeneutic rigor, recovering the correspondence of the interpretation of data, improving systems of registration and documentation of information, ensuring traceability of assumptions, and strengthening the validity conditions of the knowledge we produce. How are these things being taught at University? Do new study programs promote these responsibilities?

We also consider it relevant to reflect on the creation of an 'archaeological community' in the sense proposed by Yvonne Marshall (2002), where local communities are actively involved in the production of knowledge, making way for the multi-vocal;  not as the sum of the parts, but as a confluence of differences.

We must be conscious of how all this is related to new ways of creation and diffusion of knowledge in this Information Age. How might civil participation be managed? How can we develop better practice of archaeological narratives? What value do social networks have in the creation of this kind of knowledge? We hope that JIA 2012 can be the best platform to respond to these questions. That is why we want to encourage every young researcher to come and take part in this JIA 2012, to talk and dialogue about the basis that we would like to have to support the archaeological practices of the 21st century, adjusted to modern times.



What is JIA and why it was born?

The Conference of Jóvenes en Investigación Arqueológica was born out of the necessity to have a meeting platform for young archaeological researchers in Spain. After the first of the meetings, held in 2008, the event greatly surpassed both administrative boundaries and previous expectations. Right from the start it tried to hold all the visions of young archaeological research, thinking that it would be possible to create a forum where nobody was excluded.

To promote youth work is to look to the future and JIA, above all, helps to erase borders and bring different opinions together to carry out this common projection. The conferences of 2009 in Madrid (Spain), 2010 in Barcelona (Spain), and 2011 in Faro (Portugal) were a great success and continued a project that nowadays seems to be essential. We hope V JIA in Santiago de Compostela can continue this work with renewed energy returning to the initial idea: thinking today about the archaeology of the future.

The JIA is an international scientific event held by and for young researchers (PhD candidates) in Archaeology. Its structural lines are essentially the presentation and discussion of broad topics of current research, intending thereby to promote the development of scientific ideals in the community of young archaeologists. It has an itinerant and annual format, and is constantly supervised by a rotating Scientific Committee formed by 7 people (participants in the Organizing Committees of previous years).

A collective character predominates in the organization as well as in the image and running of the conference. In this sense, its philosophy also includes the promotion of gender equality, in both organizational and language matters. It is absolutely necessary to maintain the lowest costs of inscription and to achieve the rate of 40% of external funding. The regulations of JIA require an edition of the proceedings on paper as well as a digital version, before the conclusion of the following JIA Conference.


Scientific Committee 2011-2012


Beatriz Marín Aguilera, Universidad Complutense de Madrid and Organización de Jóvenes en Investigación Arqueológica (OrJIA)

Fernando Gutiérrez Martín, Universidad Complutense de Madrid and Organización de Jóvenes en Investigación Arqueológica (OrJIA)

Manuel Sánchez-Elipe Lorente, Universidad Complutense de Madrid and Organización de Jóvenes en Investigación Arqueológica (OrJIA)

Edgard Camarós, Institut Català de Paleoecologia Humana i Evolució Social

Pau Sureda Torres, Universitat Pompeu Fabra

João Cascalheira, Núcleo de Arqueologia e Paleoecologia (NAP) de la Universidad de Algarve

Luís de Jesus, Núcleo de Arqueologia e Paleoecologia (NAP) de la Universidad de Algarve