Pre-Conference Workshop 2018

VHN 2018 Pre-conference workshop

Managing Small Archaeological collections

Wednesday 11 April 2018, UCD Humanities Institute

€20 registration (includes lunch and coffee breaks)

Please register via Eventbrite


Do you manage a small collection of artefacts?  Are you managing a large collection that only includes a small set of 3-d/physical artefacts and are not sure how to best manage them?  Are you looking for advice about how to adopt best practices for your specific collection?

Sponsored by COST ARKWORK, this workshop will help individuals adopt best practices for managing small collections of artefacts.  Such artefacts may be part of a larger collection or may be too small to warrant professional tools and policies designed for larger collections, but still need care.  This workshop will provide attendees with information about how to gain intellectual control and provide access to these smaller collections of items, using best practices from archaeology.


Experts from across the EU will utilise case studies to introduce topics related to physical and intellectual access, adopting good practices, and using digitsation wisely.  Participants will draw relevant information from case studies, complete exercises and then develop best practices for their own situation as well as contribute to a website listing best practices for small artifact collections, all with the assistance of EU experts.

Workshop registration includes catered coffee breaks and lunch.  Attendance is limited to 50 participants.


Workshop Programme

9am-9:30am Registration/Coffee


9:30-10:30am Keynote, Sarah Costigan, Deputy Director, Little Museum of Dublin


10:30-11:30 Case study 1: Physical and intellectual access of archaeological objects

Marina Toumpouri (Univ. Thessaloniki, Greece) will present a case study about Ecclesiastical objects.


11:30-12:00 Coffee break

For special dietary considerations, please contact Dr. Cushing at once registered.


12:00-1:00 Case study 2: Good practices for small archaeological collections

Eszter Istvánovits (Jósa András Museum, Nyíregyháza, Hungary) and Valéria Kulcsár (Univ. of Szeged, Hungary) will present a case study about school collections.


1:00-2:00 Lunch

Lunch will include a selection of sandwiches, salads and sides.  For special dietary considerations, please contact Dr. Cushing at once registered.


2:00-3:00 Case study 3: Digitisation of small archaeological collections

Meliha Handzic (Burch Univ, Bosnia and Herzegovina) will present a case about using digitisation to provide access to a municipal collection of Bosnian medieval tombstones.


3:00-3:45 Coffee break

For special dietary considerations, please contact Dr. Cushing at once registered.


3:45-5pm Development of guidelines

Gisli Palsson (The Institute of Archaeology, Iceland) and Amber Cushing (School of Information & Communication Studies, UCD) will act as moderators and lead a session to help participants extract useful information from the case studies for their own situation, as well as some general guidelines/takeaways for managing small collections of artefacts.  Additional COST members from across Europe will be available to share their expertise and assist attendees.


About the speakers

Marina Toumpouri holds an MA in Musicology and Art History and a PhD in Art history. Her research and publications deal with hagiographic iconography, the production of Western and Greek illuminated manuscripts in the Eastern Mediterranean (12th-15th century), the materiality of manuscripts and the use of new tools and methodologies for identifying the methods of work of medieval artists and craftsmen. She is currently member of the Mount Athos manuscripts’ digitisation project team (Athoniki Psifiaki Kivotos) and prior she was involved in the digitisation project of the Greek papyri of the National University Library of Strasbourg. She was involved in different research projects in France, Cyprus, Greece and the U.K. and previously she held a curatorial position at the department of monuments and relics of the Church of Cyprus (The Holy Bishopric of Limassol).


Valéria Kulcsár holds an MA in archaeology and history and a PhD in the science of history from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.  She has worked as an archaeologist at the Petőfi Museum, Aszód (Directory of Pest County Museums), and Katona József Museum, Kecskemét (Directory of Bács-Kiskun County Museums).  She is currently academic staff at University of Szeged (Szeged, Hungary). Her research interests include Roman Age Barbarians and the Early Migration Period.


Eszter Istvánovits holds a PhD in archaeology from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.  She has worked as the archaeological coordinator of excavations and other capital construction works in Hungary as well as a archaeologist-museologist at the Jósa András Museum, Nyíregyháza (Directory of Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg County Museums).  Her area of interest is Barbarians of Roman Age (Sarmatians, Germans, Dacians), Hun Age, Early Migration Period.


Meliha Handzic is Professor of Management and Information Systems at the International Burch University, Sarajevo. Her PhD is from the University of New South Wales, Sydney. Meliha’s main research interest lies in the area of knowledge management (KM), with a particular focus on the processes and socio-technological enablers of knowledge creation, sharing, retention and discovery. She has published extensively on these topics in leading journals, international conference proceedings and books. Presently, Meliha is an active member of several professional societies and groups and serves on editorial boards, executive and program committees for numerous international journals and conferences. She is also a recipient of the KM Leadership Award in 2014.


Gísli Pálsson is a landscape archaeologist who primarily works in Iceland and Sweden, affiliated with The Institute of Archaeology, Iceland and Umea University. Gisli’s main concerns in archaeology are landscape survey, archaeoinformatics, network analysis and the role of creativity in archaeological practice. His fieldwork in recent years has concentrated on Viking Age ceremonial landscapes and movement systems, both in Iceland. Gísli is currently conducting research into the role of resource claims and property ownership on agricultural land use through the project Storied lines: tracing the tendrils of agency across the Icelandic landscape (


Amber L. Cushing is a Lecturer/Assistant Professor at the School of Information and Communication Studies, University College Dublin in Ireland where she also serves as Director of the MSc in Digital Curation Programme and Director of the PhD in Information and Communication Studies Programme.  She previously served as Director of the Allenstown, NH Public Library while managing her consulting business, Cushing Information Consulting.  She has taught graduate courses in Digital Curation, Research Methods, Information Resources and Services, Archival Access and Technology Issues and Archival Outreach.  Cushing holds a PhD in Information and Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an MLIS with a concentration in Archives Management from Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science, and a BA in History from Mount Holyoke College.  Her main area of study concerns how individual perceptions of value in digital collections can influence institutional practices in LAMs.

Getting to UCD and the UCD Humanities Institute

UCD campus is situated twenty minutes from the city Centre.

The UCD Humanities Institute is building number 30, grid reference F9, on the UCD Campus Map which can be found at


By bus:

Dublin Bus provides a range of services to and from the Belfield campus. Dublin Bus numbers 11, 17, 39A, 46A, 84 and 145 all provide services to the Belfield campus. The 39A terminates within the Belfield campus, and can boarded on Nassau Street in the City Centre. The numbers 145 and 46A can also be boarded on Nassau Street but the stop is outside the campus (see map). For more information, visit

Aircoach operates a bus service from Dublin Airport to Leopardstown/Sandyford/Stillorgan which passes UCD. The Aircoach bus stop is located just outside the main N11 (Stillorgan Road) entrance.


By taxi

There are usually an adequate number of taxis in operation in the city centre at any given time. It is possible to hail a taxi from the street, but convenient taxi ranks are located on Cathedral Street, College Green and St Stephens Green. It is also possible to use an App such as MyTaxi. The designated taxi pick up/drop off location is beside the AIB Bank on UCD Campus. The fare to/from the city centre is c.€15



By Dart

The nearest Dart Station to UCD is Sydney Parade (25minute walk) and the university provides a shuttle bus which departs at set times and costs €1 each way.

Monday – Friday

Departing Dart station (Sydney Parade):

Morning: 08:00,08:30,09:00,09:30,10:00,

Afternoon: 16:15,16:45,17:15,18:10

Departing UCD:

Morning: 08:15,08:45,09:15,09:45,10:10

Afternoon: 16:00,16:30,17:00,17:30,18:00


By car

Please note that parking on the Belfield campus is extremely busy.

Visitor Parking

Parking in all main car parks on the UCD Campus is for permit-holding staff and students only. The nearest visitor car park to the Humanities Institute is located to the left of the traffic lights entering at the bottom of the road form the Owenstown Gate (see map). Parking is charged at €1 per hour capped at €3 per day. For further information and a map of visitor car parks please visit:

NB: There are traffic-calming barriers in place in UCD from 7am – 10.30am and from 4pm – 7pm. These barriers restrict access around the campus. It is best to use either the Owenstown Entrance (Foster’s Avenue) during these times.