EXARC Twinning

Archaeology proves there have always been many connections over longer distances: people, artefacts and ideas have often found fertile soil elsewhere in the world. EXARC wants to highlight a few of these cases where somebody or something had a large influence in another region in the world. 

EXARC twinning is to bring each time two EXARC members together who otherwise would not have the chance to cooperate so easily. EXARC offers a budget of 1,250 EUR for each pair of twinned members. This should lead to an activity, which is relevant to both members and must have potential for other EXARC members. 


One can find artefacts made in the Roman Empire well beyond the old borders, for example glasses found in Denmark. These played an important role in their ‘new environment’ – and although we can guess to the value these artefacts had, we can see if we can produce a few of these items again, in the Roman Empire area, and let them travel to Denmark (again). How were they made, what symbols are used (what meaning did these have in the Roman Empire), what meaning can be derived? How were these items used? Can we turn this story behind the product into an education program? Will this have the same impact in Italy as in Denmark? Or are the curricula in both countries that different that we need to have two approaches? What can Denmark and Italy learn from each other in this case? 



  • Both members must have paid their membership fees for the current year of the project and must have been member of EXARC for at least one calendar year;
  • Distance between two partners: at least 1,000 KM and must be in different countries;
  • Result which relevance to other EXARC members and (one of) the four themes of EXARC;
  • Recipients write a blog/news during the actual exchange, which will be published on the EXARC website and Social Media;
  • Recipients write an article for the EXARC Journal within 12 months after start of the project;
  • There should be a lasting result (deliverable), implemented by both partners in their professional work.
  • Please state in all your communication that this project is supported by EXARC. 


Call Opens: 1 September 2018
Call Closes: 1 December 2018
Decision: 1 January 2019
Execution: before December 31st 2019

If you are an EXARC members with a good idea for a twinning project, but not know exactly who to approach, please contact the secretariat who may be able to assist you. 

The application needs to be in MS Word format and includes

  • Link to the two EXARC members’ profile at the EXARC website
    • Mention of the distance between the two members (minimum 1.000 KM and in different countries);
  • Short description (200 – 750 words) of the project including goals and description of:
    • Which of the four legs of EXARC are included
    • What previously has been done in the same direction: mention literature, people & organisations;
    • What the lasting result (deliverable) will be, implemented by both partners in their professional work;
    • Wider application: what will the result of the project be to other EXARC members (to whom exactly?) and its relevance to these other members;
    • Communication & impact: how will you include ‘the world’ in your project (before, during, after): what media will you use and how can other EXARC members or other people be included during the project? How many people do you think you will reach? 
    • Time line: starting with the application, including preparation and execution and finally reporting and publishing in the EXARC Journal;
    • Budget and invest of time (including how other costs are covered).

Send your application to r.p.paardekooper@exarc.net