Making the Manifesto

The process of drafting the Manifesto involved the participation of dozens of individuals, who are identified here. Notes from the meetings and workshops can be found here, which give a sense of the debates underpinning the development work. These are not-verbatim transcripts, but they are a fair account of the meetings which were used by the participants in working on the text. The workshops were sponsored by the Royal Society of Edinburgh, they were hosted by Professor Driscoll and Dr Raven and administrative and editorial support was provided by Dr Kasten.

The Manifesto is illustrated by images drawn from a series of case studies which are intended as examples of good practice of socially engaged medieval archaeology. Short summaries of the case studies are included with additional images and links to project web sites. The concentration of these case studies in northern and western Europe does not reflect the true distribution or significance of medieval archaeology within Europe. In time we hope to include examples of excellent practice from every corner of Europe and beyond.

The Manifesto text was developed in English, but it is hoped to translate it into other European languages. A template for the Manifesto including the images and design lay out is provided on the website and it is intended that in future versions in other languages can be downloaded here. 

The Manifesto and website were designed by Ingrid Shearer.


Fonts used in the manifesto: Google Noto Fonts


MERC Manifesto Webinar 1, the Scottish perspective:
MERC Manifesto Webinar 2, the Continental Perspective:

Discussion Summaries


  • Dr Anouk Busset, University of Glasgow and Université de Lausanne
  • Dr Carlo Citter, Università de Siena
  • Prof Stephen Driscoll, University of Glasgow
  • Prof Elizabeth Fitzpatrick, NUI Galway
  • Prof Robin Fleming, Boston College
  • Dr Sally Foster, University of Stirling
  • Prof Georg Haggrén, University of Helsinki
  • Derek Hall, Independent
  • Dr Mark Hall, Perth Museum and Art Gallery
  • Prof Gitte Hansen, University of Bergen
  • Dr Hajnalka Herold, University of Exeter
  • Dr Sophie Hüglin, Vice-President of the EAA
  • Dr Ben Jervis, Cardiff University
  • Dr Sven Kalmring, Zentrum für Baltische und Skandinavische Archäologie
  • Dr Megan Kasten, University of Glasgow
  • Prof Vera Klontza-Jaklova, Masaryk University
  • Prof Carenza Lewis, University of Lincoln
  • Dr Adrián Maldonado, National Museums Scotland
  • Dr Natascha Mehler, Universität Wien
  • Prof Monika Milosavljevic, University of Belgrade
  • Dr Aleks Pluskowski, University of Reading
  • Dr John Raven, Historic Environment Scotland
  • Arica Roberts, University of Reading
  • Dr Jakub Sawicki, Institute of Archaeology of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague
  • Prof Søren Sindbaek, Aarhus University
  • Dr Micaela Sinibaldi, Cardiff University
  • Prof Marte Spangen, University of Tromsø
  • Prof Dries Tys, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • Dr Barbora Wouters, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
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