2018 May - EXARC at Paleofestival, Italy


Paleofestival (May 26-27 in La Spezia, Italy) is a weekend of meeting and working with archaeology & the public. EXARC takes part – not just as visitors, but also with workshops and papers. Please register before 20 March by emailing the EXARC Secretariat. With about 40 different activities, it attracts about 1,500 visitors. The festival shows both prehistory and history and is not limited to Europe. La Spezia is a naval station with a good climate, close to the famous Cinque Terre villages. For more information about the Paleofestival, please check this article in the EXARC Journal: “Paleofestival: 10 years of spreading archaeology in evolution”

At the 13th Paleofestival you will see the following:

  1. Archaeological open-air museums doing educational activities
  2. Archaeotechnicians demonstrating to the public
  3. Individual professional operators doing educational workshops
  4. Re-enactors bringing the past to life


Travel & Accommodation

Fly to Pisa (preferred) or Genua.
In Pisa, take the bus to the station and then the train to La Spezia (1 hour) Read more
In Genua, take the bus to the station and then the train to La Spezia (1.5 hours) Read more

Our colleagues in La Spezia will organize accommodation for the EXARC guests but only if you present a poster / lecture or give a workshop and register before 20 March. If you book later, please find yourself a B&B in La Spezia. These are not too expensive.



Please register before 20 March by emailing to: r.p.paardekooper@exarc.net. You can mention in the registration if you are interested giving a workshop, presenting a poster or giving a lecture. A registration fee of 10 EUR (please pay cash on arrival to EXARC) is required. Further, you need to pay by yourself:

  • Travel
  • Accommodation (if you are a passive participant or book too late)
  • Food & drinks



Friday, May 25th

All Day Arrival
Evening joint Dinner (at own expense)


Saturday, May 26th

Morning visit to Portovenere or Lerici
All Day Program by Paleofestival, about 40 workshops


Sunday, May 27th

10:00h Annual General Meeting EXARC
From 11:30h Paleofestival Conference with lectures & posters