EIAA – International Meeting of Amazonian Archaeology
The International Meeting of Amazonian Archaeology (EIAA the acronym in Spanish) constitutes a space for the discussion and dissemination of the most outstanding archaeological research in the region.
Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, and Bolivia join in dialogue with Brazil, Venezuela, French Guiana, Guyana, and Surinam, constructing a bridge across national and linguistic boundaries about Amazonia’s Pre-Columbian past.
Some 60 archaeologists carrying out research in the nine Amazonian countries meet to discuss topics related to past agricultural technologies, the influence of climate change, the transformation of landscape, development of art and technology, and the diversity of cultural patterns are presented and discussed during this international meeting of recognized scholars of South America, North America, and Europe.
The new archaeological data presented allow researchers to identify areas and topics that need to be investigated and discussed. The inclusive nature of the conference promotes the development of multidisciplinary projects and international collaboration.
The first two International Meetings of Amazonian Archeology (EIAA) took place in Brazil, in Belém (2008) and Manaus (2009). The third EIAA was held in Quito – Ecuador (2013). The events brought together more than 300 participants from the Americas and Europe and set a benchmark for the progress of Amazonian Archaeology as a distinct area of Americanist studies.
- Promote exchange between Amazonian archaeologists, breaking down national and linguistic barriers.
- Disseminate the results of recent archaeological research to the general public.
- Highlight the importance of Amazonian archaeology in countries like Bolivia and Peru, where a traditionally Andean focus has dominated and impedes the development of a relevant policy on cultural heritage preservation for the region.
- Establish an open dialogue with contemporary indigenous populations to foster socially relevant archaeological research.
- Stimulate an international effort for the recognition and protection of the archaeological resources of the Amazon.
- Promote the publication of academic and popular publications.
- Stimulate extensive national and international press coverage.
- Create the space for the development of future interdisciplinary projects and wider academic agreements between countries.
- Establish permanent contacts between different research centers and academic programs.